December 27, 2020
Message to Parents
How out of control did your feel with your family Christmas experience this year? Was it a Clark Griswold day filled with overgrown trees that burn down, squirrels running through the house and a Cousin Eddie that is staying through January? Or were you playing out Four Christmases filled with celebrating the Christmas holiday with the WWF brothers, the mother that married your best friend and the overly affectionate mother?
Unfortunately, I’ve heard this nightmare story over the years leading up to Christmas! But here’s the good news…you have the opportunity to change all that. Now, please don’t run out and tell all your relatives that Pastor Clark said it was ok that we don’t come over next year. All I’m saying is that you have the opportunity to reflect and schedule time for you and your family this next season. A chance to really be a part of the joy that comes with this day and how blessed we are to have the family’s that we do. Here’s an article that might help…
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Christmas: Celebrating Jesus, God’s greatest gift!
Ask them, “Do you ever wonder why you seem to fight with your siblings so much? Well, you’ve been spending a lot of time with your brothers or sisters lately. And the more time you spend with each other, the more opportunities you have to get on each other’s nerves.”
“But peace is possible, even when you’re fighting with your brother. Why? Because of Jesus. Jesus reminds us that even though we will have trouble in this world (like those fights with your sister) it’s okay, because He is bigger and stronger than any of the yucky stuff we might face.”
Read John 16:33
Take one ornament off your tree and tell them, “Every time you face trouble (like a fight with your brother or a super bad day), remember the PEACE, deep down that you have because of your relationship with Jesus. We’re going to hang this ornament in your room so you can see it and remember to have peace in those times.”
Pray with your kids and ask God to help them tell others about Jesus too because God’s peace is for everyone.
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
Peace on Earth
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:11, NIrV
God’s peace is for everyone.
Christmas—Celebrating Jesus, God’s greatest gift
I can trust God no matter what.
We finish up the month in Luke 2:8-20. After Jesus was born, the first people to find out are some unassuming shepherds in a field minding their own business. The angle announced Jesus’ birth along with an angle choir that proclaimed God’s peace for everyone on earth. They rushed to see the baby for themselves. They were so excited that they spent the rest of the night telling everyone they could about Jesus.
Bottom Line: God’s peace is for everyone. When life seems out of our control, peace can be hard to find, especially at Christmastime. Yet Christmas is all about the coming of Jesus, the Savior, who offers God’s peace all people, everywhere. We pray that kids come to a new understanding of peace. We hope that this Christmas kids everywhere would come to know God’s love and believe that Jesus truly is the Savior of the world.
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