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“Let every heart prepare Him room…”

“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored!  the Lord is with you.'”

“Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  you will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?'”

“The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  For nothing is impossible with God.'”

“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered.  ‘May it be to me as you have said.'”  Then the angel left her.

(Luke 1:26-38)

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“In those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  [This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.]  And everyone went to his own town to register.”

“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

(Luke 2:1-7)

Jesus, Simply Jesus

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Memory Book

December 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

I am always on the hunt for new resources to supplement our kidmin programming, especially around the holidays.  What’s in the Bible?’s new Christmas Memory Book is one that we’ll definitely pull from this year.

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The Christmas Memory Book is a 14-page downloadable resource that older children can do on their own or that younger children can complete with help.  The variety of activities contained within are Bible-centered, fun, and great for sparking good family conversations.  Children will enjoy activities such as:

  • a Bible scavenger hunt (this is one our elementary students will do)
  • a Christmas letter to Jesus (this is another one our elementary students will do, especially since our Advent memory verse is displayed on the page)
  • a Christmas song match game (our preteens will LOVE this one!)
  • a Christmas memory interview
  • coloring pages
  • and more!

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Hi friends! Several weeks have passed since I’ve last posted.  Like you (I’m sure), we have been busy getting ready for Christmas.  Here’s a snippet of what’s been going on in my kidmin world as we’re making final preparations:

For Everyone

Our Worship Arts department selected “For Everyone” as our theme & sermon series for Advent. We are learning how Jesus came for EVERYONE.  Each year our Children’s Ministry provides Advent devotionals for our families, so we wanted to try our best to factor this theme into our decision regarding our selection.  Originally, the theme of “Born for the World” was tossed around, so we chose one that fit that theme (even though it was reworded to “For Everyone”).  We landed on this devotional from Creative Communications.  We have heard a few parents tell us this was the best Advent devotional we’ve selected so far.  Yay!

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Deck the Halls

On the first Sunday in Advent (Sunday, November 30th), my church held an all-church event where our entire congregation (including children) were invited to come out to decorate the church, make crafts (including an Advent wreath) and enjoy a meal together.  Started last year, Deck the Halls is one of the few all-church events we offer throughout the year and it’s so much fun!

Sunday Programming

All of our kidmin Sunday programming for Christmas will obviously center around the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For younger children (toddlers & preschoolers), the lessons will be simple, as this might be the first time many of them hear about the Christmas story.  Since many of our older children (elementary students and preteens) have heard the Christmas story before, we are being intentional about helping them personalize the story in a different way, while having lots of fun of course.  I’ve incorporated some ideas from ideas I’ve collected on Pinterest.  You can check out my kidmin Advent & Christmas board here.  There are over 230 ideas!

Worship Time

Each year, our Pre-K children – 5th graders lead the worship for our family Christmas Eve services, so on each Sunday during Advent (during their regularly scheduled kids’ worship time), they practice the songs they will sing.  This year, we added our 3 year-olds to our worship time and they are just precious. Songbooks, CDs and a video showing the motions are provided to families so that children can rehearse at home.

Christmas Eve Services

Every year, our church holds four (4) Christmas Eve services, with the first two being designed for families.  Children’s Ministry works closely with our Worship Arts department to plan and implement these two services, which will include:

  • a welcome/call to worship given by yours truly
  • lighting of the Advent wreath by two families
  • our 3 year-olds – 5th graders leading the families in worship
  • several older students sharing a special reading
  • a solo by one of our older students
  • a family friendly (and shortened) sermon
  • candlelight ceremony (we provide battery-operated candles for children)

Just a few things we’re doing to get ready for Christmas.  I’d love to hear (and see!) what you’re doing.  How are you getting ready for Christmas?