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ADVENT Has Begun!

Week 2: "CANDLE OF PREPARATION" (purple)
Preparation means to get ready. "Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD!" (Luke 3:4-6)

Advent Candles Week 1


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Children's Message: Manger to Cross

Preparation: I made a simple trough-like manger.  The ends are from two pieces of 1" x 1" x 12".  I made a lap joint for each so the pieces interlock to form an "X" 90 degrees to each other.  Four slats join the two end pieces.  I chose to use mortise and tenon joints so one sees a clean "X" when viewing from the ends.
 
Show the kids and the congregation the manger.  Explain that the manger into which Jesus was laid was probably not like this, but was a hewn block of stone or slabs of stone next to the wall to make a trough.  But, what I have here is what we often picture, so we will work with it for today. 

Jesus was placed into a trough to remind us that God became a human.  John says, "The Word (Jesus) became flesh."  The fancy word for that is "incarnation." If you eat chili con carne it means you have chili with meat in it, not just beans and sauce.  A carnivore eats meat.  "Incarnation" means to take on flesh.  Jesus did not give us a set of instructions on how to become like Him, but He became like us.  He lived in the midst of the mess caused by our sins.  He lived a perfect life so God could see us as perfect because of Him. 
 
Something happens if we look again at this little manger. . . . 

Continue reading, Manger to Cross

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Skit: The Christmas Caravan

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Oasis at caravan crossroads just outside Bethlehem. 

Narrator: (Enters) It is Christmas time and the three camels that carried the Magi to Bethlehem for the first Noel have come together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that event. Let me briefly reintroduce the three camels. (Each camel enters to center stage and faces audience while Narrator makes introductory remarks, then walks back to pen while others are introduced).

Camel 1: Hassen Bin Wurkin known now, as “Hassen” was Balthasar’s camel. He is the oldest of the three camels and has been retired from active service as “Caravan Commander” by his owner. He now lives a life of ease and comfort as “Commander Emeritus” with his own camel herd. 

Camel 2: Ali B’Golly (Ali) was Melchior’s camel. He was the middle camel. He briefly worked for the “Camels Are Us” Rental Company and is now self-employed as a consultant for a leading camel caravan service. . . .

Continue reading the Christmas Caravan Skit.

Bible Games for Kids & Christian Skits    


Christian skits based on the Gospel of Mark Bible books game
Mark: Bible Skits               Bible Stack-O! 

Christian skits based on the book of Ruth Bible Games Explosion 52 Year-round Bible games
   Ruth: Bible Skits            Bible Games Explosion!

 

   
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Nativity Gift Ornament 
with a 5 Minute Cake-in-a-Mug Recipe

A fun and inexpensive gift for friends and family!

When you purchase the Nativity Gift Ornament, you'll receive an instant download for a full-color ornament pattern in PDF format, along with instructions to prepare dry ingredients to make a 5-Minute Chocolate Cake-in-a-Mug

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