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 colorful votive holder. (We recommend the use of a battery operated tea light for younger kids.)
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This week our PRESCHOOL classes learned about Naaman & the slave girl from The Jesus Storybook Bible’s “A Little Servant Girl & the Proud General.” We talked about our hearts are sick and broken and only God can make our hearts well again.
Grade School lessons are listed below with the Story Symbol. Each week kids will be shown a Story Symbol that is a visual reminder of the Bible lesson. If your family uses the God’s Big Story Cards (contact Jen Hahn to order) you can look up these symbols in your pack of cards to continue Sunday’s conversation at home. Come back each week for the new Story Symbol, Bible lesson and memory verses for this unit.
K-1st Grade: Exodus
Selections from Exodus 12-15
Memory Challenge: Psalm 62:1-2
2nd – 3rd Grade: Jesus is Tempted
Memory Challenge: John 3:16-17
4th – 5th Grade: The Unmerciful Servant
Memory Challenge: Matthew 22:37-39