December’s Memory Verse
Toddlers-4th Grade: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (“Be Joyful Always,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 12)
Toddlers: Jesus’ Birth
During December toddlers will hear the story of Christ’s Birth. Possible activities to do with your toddler:
- Act out the story with your child, using a nativity set or costumes and props at home.
- Mold a nativity out of playdoh with your child.
- Talk about stables. What would it be like to sleep in one? How do you think Jesus’s family felt that first night with the animals?
Preschool: The Prophets Show the Way to Bethlehem, Isaiah 9:2, John 1:5
In December preschoolers will travel on the road to Bethlehem with the Prophets, the Shepherds, and Mary & Joseph, as they await Christ’s birth.
- I wonder how the prophets listened to God?
- I wonder how they knew it was God who spoke?
- I wonder what Isaiah thought when God told him that the Messiah would come as a baby to be born in Bethlehem?
- I wonder what the way to Bethlehem is like?
K-1st Grade: Get Ready
Younger elementary children segued into the Advent season with the Israelites’ return from exile and longing for a messiah.
- I wonder why the people of God thought God would punish them when they realized they couldn’t keep the law?
- I wonder what it means that God Himself was going to come?
- I wonder how the people of God were ready for God to come?
2nd-4th Grade: John the Baptist’s Birth, Luke 1:5-23, 57-64
This week older elementary children began their Advent reflections with the story of John the Baptist’s birth.
- I wonder what it was like for Zechariah to see the angel in the temple?
- I wonder why he didn’t believe he could have a child?
- I wonder what will become of John, their son?