I don’t know about you, but I love to travel for special events. Since I live far from my family, I only get to see them during special events. Traveling to see them is a big deal but we try to go as often as we can because they are worth it; they’re special to me. How far would you travel to see someone, or something, that is important to you?
It is with that thought that we wrap up the true story of Christmas. Jesus, God’s son, has been born. The three wise men knew something big had happened. Even though they had no idea how far or difficult the journey would be, they knew it was important. Jesus is so special that none of that mattered; it was all worth it.
Here is a snapshot of what we’ll show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: The wise men come to see God’s Son. (Wise Men• Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11)
Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.” John 3:16, GNT
Key Question: Why is Jesus special?
Bottom Line: Jesus is God’s Son.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch this video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them. Most of us think of singing as the way we worship God. But remember, whatever you do, if you do it for God, is a form of worship. Help show your kids this concept as you sing and dance with them for our amazing God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice the verse with your kids. This is the last Sunday of the month so have a special prize you can give them when they say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page (have them put the start in the sky) are fun resources to help reinforce what they have learned.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and reward them for saying the memory verse by themselves (if you haven’t already). The wise men wanted to see Jesus so they could worship Him and give Him gifts. They knew that Jesus is special because [Bottom Line] Jesus is God’s Son. Today, we’ll do something to show Jesus how special He is. Show your kids how to make a heart with their hands. When you say each family member’s name, have them make a heart and say, “I love You, Jesus.”
PRAYER: “Dear God, Thank You for loving (name each family member) so much that You gave them Jesus to be their friend forever. Thank You that we get to spend time together learning about You and how much You love us. I pray that each one of us will always know how much You love us and choose to follow Jesus one day. Jesus truly is the best gift ever. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons [and daughters].”
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.