What We Learned This Weekend...December 4/5, 2010

Critter Cove and Short Boarders
(Birth - Kindergarten)

God sends an angel to tell Mary she will have a son. The angel tells her that His name will be Jesus and He will be God's Son. Play a game of start search all month long. Every time someone in your family sees a star they have to point to it and say, "Jesus is God's Son!" Look for stars on Christmas trees, in the mall, on houses, on Christmas cards, in the sky, in books, on toys...you'll begin seeing stars everywhere you go!

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Beach House
(Grades 1 - 6)

When you think of God’s character, does joyful come to mind? We may think of a powerful God, a stern God, even a loving God, but joyful? Joy can be defined as finding a way to be happy, even when things don’t go your way. Have you ever thought about what makes God joyful? His creation? (See Genesis 1:31). Our regard and respect for Him? (Read Psalm 147:11). Someone—just one person!—turning away from sin? (Check out Luke 15:10). God, the Creator of joy, wants us to have joy, even when times are tough: “Let us hold firmly to the hope we claim to have.” Why? Because “the One who promised us is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23, NIrV). In other words, we can EXPECT God to keep His promises. In a sense, that’s what the birth of John was all about: God keeping His promises. When you have joy in the middle of your struggles, people will notice. They’ll wonder why you’re happy, and you can tell them it’s because God keeps His promises. This week, help kids realize that even though waiting can be hard, like it was for Elizabeth and Zechariah, the perfection of God’s plan is always worth the wait.

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