Advent Day 1

The Word and the Light

Read: John 1:1-5

Special verse: In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. – John 1:4

Discuss: Who is the light of men?  The bible says Jesus was with God in the beginning, even before God made the earth!  What do you think it means to be a light?  Can you think of some special lights we see this time of year?

Week 1 Craft: See instructions on how to make an orange peel tea-light holder here.  We recommend using a battery operated tea light for younger kids.


Advent Study Begins Sunday!

Advent is a season of remembering and anticipation.  Our traditional family celebrations can be much the same; pouring over old family photos, sharing favorite stories of silly relatives, and eagerly awaiting a delicious meal or the exchange of gifts.  As we celebrate the birth of Christ we are reminded that His story is long.  It starts at THE BEGINNING.  And the hope, joy, love, and peace that the Light of The World brings to the darkness is something to long for, indeed!

Our hope is that, through this simple advent study, we can remember the long story of Jesus and celebrate His birth as the long-awaited promise fulfilled.  Starting Sunday we will post a bible passage, a special verse and some simple discussion questions each day. If you have a copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible, that may come in handy for some of the passages. (If you attend Riverside and would like a copy, let Jen Hahn know.)  Each daily study should take between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on the age of your children and their input on the discussion questions.  If you have an advent wreath, integrate the study into the lighting of the candles each night.

Week 1 focuses on the theme of Light.  If you would like to do a craft with your family this week, here is a link to a craft for an orange peel tea-light holder.  Adding a design with whole cloves will make it smell even better! (We recommend the use of a battery operated tea light for younger kids.)

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