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Purpose: 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 from a children’s Bible.
  3. MAKE a Christmas ornament for your tree. Help your child paint both of their handprints white. Then, print them onto construction paper or cardstock but crossed over (righthand on left and lefthand on right). Then use some yellow paint to make a little halo atop. Once it is dry, cut out a photo of your child’s face and glue into place. Poke a hole at the top to fix string to hang.

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: Mary and Joseph | Matthew 1:18-25 
  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 child from a children’s Bible.
  3. PLAY get a great child-proof nativity scene and encourage your child to play with it.
  4. MAKE a Christmas ornament for your tree. Help your child paint both of their handprints white. Then, print them onto construction paper or cardstock but crossed over (righthand on left and lefthand on right). Then use some yellow paint to make a little halo atop. Once it is dry, cut out a photo of your child’s face and glue into place. Poke a hole at the top to fix string to hang.
  5. 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: Mary and Joseph | Matthew 1:18-25 
  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. LEARN the Key Verse together!
  3. READ the Christmas story with your child from a children’s Bible.
  4. PLAY get a great child-proof nativity scene and encourage your child to play with it.
  5. MAKE a Christmas ornament for your tree. Have your child paint both of their handprints white. Then, print them onto construction paper or cardstock but crossed over (righthand on left and lefthand on right). Then use some yellow paint to make a little halo atop. Once it is dry, cut out a photo of your child’s face and glue into place. Poke a hole at the top to fix string to hang.
  6. 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 learn our purpose.
God Story: Mary | Luke 1:5-56 
Key Verse: “I will listen to what God the Lord says. He promises peace to his faithful people.” | Psalm 85:8a 
  1. READ Luke 1:26-38 together. Ask your child how they think Mary was feeling during this encounter. Ask: What did Mary do?
  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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