Grove Kids - December 19, 2021
Christmas—Celebrating Jesus, God’s greatest gift
This Month’s Memory Verse:
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.”
Luke 12:15, NIrV
Because of Christmas Day
Jesus Is Born/Shepherds Visit | Luke 2:1-20
In week three, we head to the familiar Christmas passage in Luke 2:1-20, where we read how Jesus was born in Bethlehem! We find that God didn’t announce Jesus’ birth to kings or government officials. Rather, God sent an angel choir to announce this news to a bunch of shepherds on a hillside. The shepherds ran to find Jesus, where they worshipped Him. When they left, they were so full of joy that made sure to tell everyone what they had seen.
I can trust God no matter what.
Celebrate because God sent a Savior.
We all know that Christmas is about Jesus, but sometimes it’s just too easy to think Christmas is about lights and decorations and presents. Those things aren’t bad, but it’s important that we stay focused on the truth of what we celebrate at Christmas—that God loved us so much and sent Jesus to rescue us.
Message to Parents
Have you and your kids been on the Polar Express? I remember those magical nights…the cookies and hot chocolate, singing Christmas songs, our girls peering out the train window to see Santa and then he magically appears on the train moments later to give them a Christmas bell. Amazing memories!!! The Polar Express Movie is also a classic around the Christmas Season…but where’s Jesus in all this…how does He fit into this story so we can explain the true meaning of Christmas to our kids? This article gives you a brief breakdown of the movie and then gives us examples of incorporating our faith into the storyline. Have fun!
Now for your Kids...
Grab your Bible, a pen/pencil or crayon, a piece of paper, and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Christmas is about celebrating Jesus, God’s greatest gift!
Read Luke 2:6-7 with your kids.
Share with them, “This is it! The week of the big day. Maybe the day you’ve been waiting for all year long! It’s almost Christmas!
Can you imagine waiting for Christmas for more than a year? What if you had to wait for Christmas for hundreds of years? Hard to imagine right? That’s longer than our lifetimes. But that’s exactly what God’s people had to do. They’d been waiting for a Savior for generations. And finally, Jesus was born. His long-awaited birth was a very big deal.”
Ask them, “Have you ever seen a birth announcement (pull one up on your phone for a reference)?”
Grab some paper and draw a picture of baby Jesus in the manger and then create a birth announcement with the following information:
Jesus the Savior of the World
Born in Bethlehem
With love, Joseph and Mary
Decorate your announcement any way you choose. Hang it on your fridge or somewhere so that your whole family can celebrate because God sent a Savior. In your prayers, thank God for sending His only Son Jesus to save us!
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