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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Dec 23: The Christmas Story

Bible Text: Matthew 1:18-2:12

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 252-259, 270-276

Key Point of Passage: The wise men worshipped baby Jesus, the Son of God.

Memory Verse: God loved the world so much that He gave His Son (John 3:16).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      What was the name of the baby born in this story?

2)      And what was special about baby Jesus?

3)      How did the wise men find Jesus?

4)      When the wise men did find Jesus, what did they do? Let’s worship Jesus together now.

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Christmas Lessons for Early Childhood: Jesus is Born!

Bible Text: Luke 2:1-20

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 256-265

Key Point of Passage: Angels and Shepherds praised God because Jesus the savior was born; the shepherds found baby Jesus lying in a manger, just as the angels said.

Memory Verse: A Savior has been born; He is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Jesus is our Lord and Savior. But when He was first born, He wasn’t born in a castle with a nice warm crib. What was Jesus’ first bed?

2)      What was the good news the angels told to the shepherds?

3)      After the shepherds saw baby Jesus, they praised God. Let’s praise God and thank Him for sending His Son Jesus on Christmas.

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Dec 16: Prophecy about Jesus’ birth

Bible Text: Isaiah 9:2-7 

Read with Me Bible Reference: 256-259 is the actual birth story (not the prophecy).

Key Point of Passage: God gave us the wonderful gift of His Son to rule forever and bring us joy.

Memory Verse: God loved the world so much that He gave His Son (John 3:16).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Who is this Bible passage talking about? Who is the Son of God who was born as a little baby?

2)      But the words that we read today were written 700 years before Jesus was even born! That is why we call it a “prophecy”. Does anyone know what “prophecy” means?

3)      This prophecy says that Jesus is the kind who will rule over everyone. How long does it say that Jesus will rule the world?

4)      The prophecy also says that Jesus is the light for a dark world and that He will bring us joy. Does Jesus bring you joy? Let’s worship Jesus now!

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Christmas Lessons for Early Childhood: The Angel Visits Mary

Bible Text: Luke 1:26-38

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 252-255

Key Point of Passage: The Holy Spirit came upon Mary so that she became pregnant with King Jesus, the Son of God.

Memory Verse: A Savior has been born; He is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Who did the angel visit in the Bible story today?

2)      Why do you think Mary was afraid at first?

3)      What did the angel tell Mary?

4)      The baby to be born was the Son of God. What was His name?

5)      Did Mary trust God? Can we trust God too?

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Family Devotions for Christmas Sermons (Dec 11, 18, & 24-25): John 1-Jesus the True Light

Bible Text: John 1.1-14

Key Point of Passage: Jesus -the Word and True Light- came from God, and was God; He came into our world to overcome the darkness and make us children of God.

Memory Verse: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1.1).

Questions for Family Discussion:
A variety of questions have been provided which are intended for a range of ages; however, a hard passage like John 1 will be mostly suitable for elementary-aged children and above. You may need to further break down and explain these tough concepts to even elementary-aged children. If you have younger children, you may want to use the Christmas Lessons for Early childhood instead. Here is one such lesson.

You do not have to go through all the questions – pick and choose whatever you feel will work best for your particular family.

1) Who or what is the Word (v. 1)? What does it mean to be with God? What does it mean that the Word was God?!

2) What is verse 3 saying? Why does it seem to repeat itself – what is it trying to emphasize? Why is it important to remember that truth?

3) From v. 5 – Have you ever been in a really dark room and then turned on the light all of a sudden? Is darkness able to “overcome” a bright light? What other kind of darkness might John be talking about? What are some “dark” or scary or bad things in our world? What kind of “light” will overcome those things? What kind of light was Jesus? What kind of light can we be?

4) From v. 6-8:
Who is John? What was his job? Was John the special light? If not, who is? What does “bear witness” mean? Can we “bear witness” to that same light? How?

Why did the writer make sure to say “He was not the light” (v. 8)? Do people sometimes forget who or what is the real light (or most important thing) in life? How? At Christmas time, what do some people think is most important? How can we remember what is the true light or most important thing at Christmas?

5) From v. 10 – Why do you think the “world did not know him” ? Even worse, why do you think “his own people did not receive him” ? Why do you think people sometimes don’t receive something very good that they need?

6) From v. 12 – What does it mean to “receive” and “believe” in Jesus? What is the result if we do? What does it mean to be a child of God (see v. 13)?

Family Activity Inspired by John 1:
Find a very dark place – maybe a basement or a room late at night with all the curtains closed. Then try to find each other or a special object in the dark without using any light. Then try it without even using any words to communicate with each other! Then when all of your pupils are nice and dilated, turn on bright lights!!!

Then discuss things like: Why are light and words so important to have? What was it like to be in a very dark place and having trouble finding what you were looking for? What was it like to have bright light “overcoming” the darkness all at once? Also see question 3 above.

(Alternately, you could do this activity with one or more people blindfolded to simulate darkness)

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Dec 25: The Wise Men Visit Jesus

Bible Text: Matthew 2:1-20

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 270-276

Key Point of Passage: God led the three wise men with a star to find and worship baby Jesus, but God kept King Herod from finding Jesus. 

Memory Verse: A Savior has been born; He is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      How did the three wise men find little Jesus?

2)      What did they do when they found Jesus?

3)      King Herod said he wanted to worship Jesus too, but he really wanted to hurt little Jesus because he was jealous. How did God keep Jesus safe from King Herod?

4)      Let’s worship Jesus like the wise men did.

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Advent/Christmas Links and Resources

There are lots of wonderful ideas for celebrating Advent and Christmas with your children. Here are some ideas that we’ve found– but don’t try to do it all. Find what works for your family and create meaningful traditions that will help you and your family treasure Christ more this season.

See also our recommended Christmas picture books!

Advent Activities & Traditions

Bake a Birthday Cake For Jesus!— this site has an idea for a simple three-layer cake which helps to retell the gospel.

The Story of Christmas Advent Wall Calendar — displays 24 board books telling the story leading up to Jesus’ birth.

Online Advent Calendar— this is a free online tool that helps organize devotionals and activity ideas for families.

Advent Coloring Pages— print out some free advent coloring pages for your children.

12 Symbols of Christmasfree coloring pages and devotional guide explaining the true meaning behind common Christmas symbols.

What God Wants for Christmas— This is a resource from FamilyLife Ministries. It’s an interactive nativity set that you open over seven days and use with your children to retell the Christmas story.

Adornaments— These are out-of-print, but can sometimes be found used through Amazon or ebay. There are 12 different ornaments and each one teaches about a name of Jesus. A companion book provides a devotional for each ornament. If you can’t find this, try this Names of Jesus Advent Chain.

Truth in the Tinsel— this is a PDF ebook that is perfect for younger children (toddlers/preschoolers). It has 24 days of activities which help retell the Christmas story. Each day you read part of the Christmas story with your child and you make a homemade ornament to help you remember the story.

Hubbard’s Cupboard is a Christian website with ideas for celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with your preschooler or lower elementary-aged child.

Jesse Tree

The Jesse Tree is a tradition in which you trace the lineage of Christ and the promises of God in the Old Testament throughout the season of Advent. Each day you read a passage with your family and make or hang an ornament on your tree.

Free Jesse Tree devotionals and ornaments can be downloaded from the blog Reformed Church in America.

If you are looking to purchase a Jesse Tree, Christian Book Distributors has an Jesse Tree Activity Kit.

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