Hi Journey Kids parents!
Merry Christmas! We’ve been looking forward to this day all year long! Can you believe it’s here? Mary and Joseph couldn’t either. See, the Jewish people had been looking forward to the day when God would finally send His Rescuer. But can you imagine Mary’s shock when she found out that she would be Jesus’ mother? And Joseph’s shock when he found out his soon-to-be wife was pregnant with God’s Son? It would have been hard to believe! Can you imagine the shepherd’s shock when a chorus of angels appeared to announce that the Rescuer had been born? They had been looking forward to this day for hundreds of years – and it was finally here.
When it’s time to begin, start your morning of family worship by watching the short lesson video with your kids. [You can access the videos here.] It’s a great way to engage spiritually with your family. After the lesson is over, choose a worship song from the playlist to sing with your kids!
Here is a snapshot of the lesson details for this week:
Bible Story: The Greatest Gift
Big Idea: Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift of all time, so we can give glory and praise to God.
Memory Verse: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIrV)
After the video lesson and music, you can use the attached materials to help take your family deeper into the lesson:
Christmas is such a wonderful time of year – the trees and the lights and the music and the presents! But as much as we look forward to this incredible season and rejoice when it’s finally here, Jesus is the best part. He is the greatest gift. I hope and pray that this Christmas you’ll remember who and why we celebrate.
Jennifer Foley is the Children's Ministry Leader at Abundant Life.