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Listen: 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: In this series, children will hear all about the amazing events surrounding Jesus’ birth and celebrate his birthday! The big idea is that Jesus is God’s son, and through the stories of the prophet Isaiah, Jesus’ family line, Jesus’ birth, and the wisemen coming to worship Jesus, children will discover that this is a huge deal! 
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 “Away in a Manger” and “It’s Christmastime” from  Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday on Spotify or Apple Music or Google Play.
  2. READ the Christmas story to your little one from a children’s Bible.
  3. PLAY Consider finding a great toddler quality nativity scene and allow your little one to play through the story. And yes, sometimes dinosaurs do end up in the stable.

2-3 YEAR-OLDS

Series: Christmas
Summary: In this series, children will hear all about the amazing events surrounding Jesus’ birth and celebrate his birthday! The big idea is that Jesus is God’s son, and through the stories of the prophet Isaiah, Jesus’ family line, Jesus’ birth, and the wisemen coming to worship Jesus, children will discover that this is a huge deal! 
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 
God Story: Isaiah the Prophet | Isaiah 7 & 9 
  1. SING Download “Away in a Manger” and “It’s Christmastime” from  Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday on Spotify or Apple Music or Google Play.
  2. WATCH the story from the Preschool video and talk about Isaiah the Prophet.
  3. MORE Download the midweek activity page.

4-5-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Christmas
Summary: In this series, children will hear all about the amazing events surrounding Jesus’ birth and celebrate his birthday! The big idea is that Jesus is God’s son, and through the stories of the prophet Isaiah, Jesus’ family line, Jesus’ birth, and the wisemen coming to worship Jesus, children will discover that this is a huge deal! 
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 
God Story: Isaiah the Prophet | Isaiah 7 & 9 
  1. SING Download “Away in a Manger” and “It’s Christmastime” from  Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday on Spotify or Apple Music or Google Play.
  2. WATCH the story from the Preschool video and talk about Isaiah the Prophet. Then, show your child where this story is in your own Bible. Then, show them how many pages have to turn before you get to Jesus’ birth. That covers a looooong time!
  3. MORE Download the midweek activity page.
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Grades 1-5

Summary: In this series, we will look at the Christmas story and the prophecies of Isaiah hundreds of years before. This series focuses in on what it means to listen to God. During this series, kids will discover why and how we listen to God. Kids will be given the opportunity to take some time to listen to God, and they will be challenged to try out different ways to really experience Him. 
Series: Luke | Hearing God
Big Idea: When we listen to God, we hear from him. 
God Story: The Prophet Isaiah | Isaiah 7, 40 
Key Verse: “I will listen to what God the Lord says. He promises peace to his faithful people.” | Psalm 85:8a 
  1. READ Isaiah 40:10-11. Isaiah was sharing these words about the coming of God to earth (Jesus). Ask your child: how is Jesus like a shepherd for us? How does he care for us?
  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. Download the midweek activity page.

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