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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

WALKERS
Summary: This week in kidmax, kids looked at the true story of Christmas.
Series: Christmas
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
God Story: The Birth of Jesus
Key Verse:  “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” John 3:16a

  1. READ The First Christmas Gift on the Bible App for Kids or download the free Nativity story.
  2. SING Download “Away in a Manger” and “It’s Christmastime” on Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday album.
  3. ACTIVITY Get a child-friendly nativity scene that your little one can play with. Tell them who each member of the nativity is and let them play as you tell the story of Jesus’ birth. If you’re looking for kid-friendly nativity scenes, check out a few of our top picks:
2-YEAR-OLDS
Summary: This week in kidmax, 2-year-olds learned about Mary’s visit with Elizabeth.
Series: Christmas
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
God Story: Mary Visits Elizabeth | Luke 1:39-45
Key Verse:  “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” John 3:16a

  1. READ the story of Mary visiting Elizabeth from Luke 1:39-45 in a children’s Bible.
  2. SING Download “Away in a Manger” and “It’s Christmastime” on Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday album.
  3. ACTIVITY Throughout your week, take some time to be joyful and “jump for joy” the way that the unborn John did when Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth. Let your little one know that we can “jump for joy” when we think about Jesus and Christmastime and how wonderful God is to us!
  4. DO For more Christmas craft activities, go to http://www.tinytruthstories.com/crafts/ for free downloadable, printable crafts. Scroll down for Christmas!

3-SK
Summary: This week in kidmax, 2-year-olds learned about Mary’s visit with Elizabeth.
Series: Christmas
Big Idea: Jesus is God’s son.
God Story: Mary Visits Elizabeth | Luke 1:39-45
Key Verse:  “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” John 3:16a

  1. READ the story of Mary visiting Elizabeth from Luke 1:39-45 in a children’s Bible.
  2. SING Download “Away in a Manger” and “It’s Christmastime” on Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday album.
  3. ACTIVITY Throughout your week, take some time to be joyful and “jump for joy” the way that the unborn John did when Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth. Let your child know that we can “jump for joy” when we think about Jesus and Christmastime and how wonderful God is to us!
  4. SING SOME MORE! When I was a kid, we used to sing Christmas carols at school. I probably sang the same carols each year for 9 years in my elementary school experience. We sang carols at church, too, but I probably learned the majority of my repertoire at school. There were amazing phrases of truth being proclaimed: “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!” or “Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing…” or “Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” or “Truly he taught us to love one another, his law is love and his gospel is peace.” Include these very special Christmas carols in your playlists so kids can learn to sing along.

Kids

GRADES 1-5
Summary: This week in kidmax, Grades 1-5 kids learned that when we listen to God he shows us our purpose; our purpose for today, or this week, or something bigger!
Series: LUKE | Hearing God
Big Idea: When we listen to God, we learn our purpose.
God Story:  Purpose | 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. RE-READ the story of Mary learning of her special purpose in Luke 1:5-56. Then ask: how did Mary respond? Are you willing to do what God asks you to do?
  2. WATCH the video teaching below with your family this week. Talk about what stands out to you and why. What was Mary’s purpose? How did it impact others? What is Jordan’s purpose? How does his purpose have an impact? What is your purpose today? This week? This month? In your family? At school?
  3. Check out the midweek activity page! Use it for your family-friendly home church or do it together as a family.

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