Renew Kids: Sunday, December 18th, 2016 (Learning Together)

This Sunday, December 18th, we conclude our morning worship gathering with the Renew Kids re-telling the amazing true story of the Birth of Jesus.

Advent season is upon us! In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.

Renew Kids

The word “disciple” means to intentionally impact the life of someone in the direction of being more like Jesus.

Disciples follow Jesus and help others follow Him too.

Every week faithful servants enter into this discipleship process with the children in Renew Kids. Their are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).

This Week’s Family Verses (Mary’s Song Of Praise)

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”

—Luke 1:46-48 (Seeds of Christmas song #4 is Luke 1:46-50)

Family Verses & Scripture Songs

We are trying something new for our family verses. Music is a great way to help us memorize and to have fun doing it. Our family verses will be from the Seeds Family Worship. During the Advent season we will be singing Seeds of Christmas. This weeks verse is #4 on the Seeds of Christmas album: Mary’s Song Of Praise.

Primary Class 

Our curriculum for the Primary class comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and systematically teaches the stories of the Bible starting in Genesis and finishing in Revelation.

Unit Focus: Christmas

God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to be born as a baby in humble surroundings. Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was the One who would save God’s people from their sin. Christmas is the time to celebrate God’s greatest gift of Jesus Christ.

Unit Key Passage

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. —Galatians 4:4-5

Bible Passage:  Matthew 2:1-21

Main Point: The wise men worshiped Jesus.

Big Picture Question: Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us.

Discussion Questions 

  1. How did the wise men know God’s King had been born? (They saw a star in the sky.)
  2. What lie did King Herod tell the wise men? (that He wanted to worship the new King, too)
  3. How did the wise men know King Herod was lying? (God warned them in a dream.)
  4. Where did Joseph take Mary and Jesus so they would be safe? (Egypt)

Christ Connection:  The wise men came to worship Jesus as King. God promised to send a King who would be King forever. Jesus is the King who will always be King. Jesus is the true King, and He deserves all our worship.

Christmas Project

Primary Class will be singing along with the Challenge class in front of the church family today, December 18th, at the end of our regular church service.

Challenge Class

The Challenge Class will continue studying the Advent Catechism as we enter into the Christmas season. In the Challenge Class we focus on learning to study and read the bible and learn what God is trying to tell us through scripture.

Challenge Study

This week we will be studying chapter 5 of the Advent Catechism: An Unlikely Rescuer. We’ll also use the Seeds of Worship song for our Scripture memory verse.

Advent Catechism: An Unlikely RescuerAn Unlikely Rescuer
Ready to give birth, Mary and Joseph were forced to return to: Bethlehem.
Unable to find room at the inn, their only option was to stay out in the: stable.
After giving birth, Mary wrapped the child in swaddling cloths and place Him in a: manger.
Fulfilling hundreds of years of prophecy, Messiah is here; His name is: Jesus.
The wait is over and the silence is broken: God is with us.

Scripture Memory Verse

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.

—Luke 1:46-48 (Seeds of Christmas is Luke 1:46-50)

Discussion:

In the Challenge Class we really encourage the kids to ask questions and think about how the scripture is alive for them today. We would really like encourage the parents to continue to model this at home with open ended questions about the scripture we are studying. The goal of the Challenge Class is for the kids to be able to read and study the bible themselves with the help of their parents and teachers as they grow in Christ.

Ideas:

  • Where do we see the gospel in this Scripture?
  • How does this scripture apply to your life?
  • What does this scripture tell you about God?
  • What did you learn this week?

Christmas Project

The Challenge Class will be singing and signing  along with the Primary class in front of the church family today, December 18th, at the end of our regular church service.

Hannah Hoover and the World Race

We heard from our own Hannah Hoover about her joining the World Race, which began in October. (She’s in Vietnam now!) The Challenge Class is excited to follow her during this journey and are committing to praying for her regularly. Follow her World Race Blog » Hannah Hoover

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