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Names: 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. MAKE a special Christmas card or Christmas Eve invitation with your little one for someone that you’d love to encourage this Christmas.

2-3 YEAR-OLDS

Series: Christmas
Summary: This week, children heard the story of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth.
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
God Story: Mary & Elizabeth | Luke 1:39-56
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 Mary and Elizabeth from a children’s Bible.
  4. PLAY Review the story, and pretend you are jumping for joy like John in Elizabeth’s tummy!

4-5-YEAR-OLDS

Series: Christmas
Summary: This week, children heard the story of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth.
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
God Story: Mary& Elizabeth | Luke 1:39-56
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 Mary and Elizabeth from a children’s Bible.
  4. PLAY Review the story, and pretend you are jumping for joy like John in Elizabeth’s tummy!

Grades 1-5

Summary: This week, kids started into the book of Matthew, as they heard about the amazing family line that Jesus came from.
Series: Daniel & Matthew | Kingdom
Big Idea: God chooses to work through people.
God Story: The Family Line of a King | Matthew 1:1-17
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 1:16. (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: Why does the Bible have these kinds of lists of names? Whose names in this list do you know? What names sound interesting? Do you think we can learn more about these people in the Old Testament?
  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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