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Forever: Our Story Continues…

Our Story Continues is our way to connect parents to what kids are talking about and experiencing in the Sunday morning teaching. We want to help to equip parents and spiritual parents with Scripture, talking points, and experiential activities to continue to disciple their kids well every day of the week.

Preschool

1-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Christmas
Summary: This week, children focused in on the story of Jesus’ birth.
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
Key Verse: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. | John 3:16a

  1. SING Download and sing together: “Away in a Manger,” and “It’s Christmas Time,” from Little Praise Party Happy Day Everyday
  2. LEARN the Key Verse as a family.
  3. READ the story of Jesus birth together in a children’s Bible or on the Bible App for KidsThe First Christmas Gift. 
  4. Before you open presents and do the many holiday activities, take time to help your little one feel calm and peace. Christmastime is a focus on Jesus, and yet often we hurry and stress. Help your child see the true peace of Jesus over the hustle and bustle of our world.

2-3 YEAR-OLDS

Series: Christmas
Summary: This week, children focused in on the story of Jesus’ birth. What an amazing celebration!
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
God Story: Jesus’ Birth | Matthew 1:18-25
Key Verse: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. | John 3:16a

  1. SING Download and sing together: “Away in a Manger,” and “It’s Christmas Time,” from Little Praise Party Happy Day Everyday
  2. LEARN the Key Verse as a family.
  3. READ the story of Jesus birth together in a children’s Bible or on the Bible App for KidsThe First Christmas Gift.
  4. BREATHE Light a candle and let your little one know that this is a time to just breathe in and out and think about Jesus. Try it for a short time, and invite them to be still with you. (This is a busy season. Taking time to pause, not be in a rush to go anywhere, and to simply focus on Jesus is an important experience.)

4-5-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Christmas
Summary: This week, children focused in on the story of Jesus’ birth. What an amazing celebration!
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
God Story: Jesus’ Birth | Matthew 1:18-25
Key Verse: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. | John 3:16a

  1. SING Download and sing together: “Away in a Manger,” and “It’s Christmas Time,” from Little Praise Party Happy Day Everyday
  2. LEARN the Key Verse as a family.
  3. READ the story of Jesus birth together in a children’s Bible or on the Bible App for KidsThe First Christmas Gift.
  4. BREATHE Light a candle and let your little one know that this is a time to just breathe in and out and think about Jesus. Try it for a short time, and invite them to be still with you. (This is a busy season. Taking time to pause, not be in a rush to go anywhere, and to simply focus on Jesus is an important experience.
  5. MAKE For a neat Christmas-fun craft (that’s edible!) consider creating this with your child! 

Grades 1-5

Summary: This week, kids learned that there are many rulers and kings on earth, but Jesus is the king who rules forever.
Series: Daniel & Matthew | Kingdom
Big Idea: Jesus is the king who rules forever.
God Story: Matthew 1:18-25 | Jesus’ Birth
Key Verse: And he was given authority, glory and a kingdom. People of all nations, no matter what language they spoke, worshiped him. His authority will last forever. | Daniel 7:14

  1. READ Matthew 1:18-24 and Luke 2:1-20 (Take time to show your child how to look up a passage in the Bible. Show them how to navigate books, chapters, and verses. Take turns reading verse by verse and talk about what it means). Ask your child questions such as: What stands out to you about this? Is there something you didn’t notice before?
  2. WATCH the video teaching below with your family this week. Talk about the video as a family. What stood out to you? What did you like? What did you want to ask a question about? (Tip: If it’s helpful, consider pausing the video as you watch it together, and ask questions or talk about things that stick out to you as you go!)
  3. There is no midweek activity page for this week. Breathe and enjoy your time with family. If you’d like, check out the 4-5-Year-Olds activity for a fun and tasty craft!

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