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starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, beginning this year on
Sunday, November 29, 2015. During the season of Advent, we prepare our hearts to remember the first
coming of our Savior and the reason he came—his birth was for his death; his death was for our birth.
Advent also reminds us that Jesus is
coming again. On that day he will separate the sheep from the goats—the believers from the
unbelievers; so let us press on in faith to welcome our Lord!
Making an Advent wreath is a
fun way for individuals and families to celebrate the coming birthday
remembrance of our Savior, and the expectation of his coming
The Nativity is a 15 minute, one act Christmas pageant. The Christmas story
is told through Matthew and Luke as they expound upon the Nativity in their actual Biblical words, while their narration unfolds with the other actors performance. Luke, Matthew, Storyteller, Narrator, and Gabriel have larger parts and would typically be given to teens and/or adults, whereas the other parts may be children, teens, or adults.
POSSIBLE STAGE LAYOUT*
Stage Left: Zechariah's home, Wilderness hills for shepherds and magi
Center Stage: The manger/stable, and the Temple
Stage Right: Mary's home, Herod's home, and Wilderness hills if optionally desired; the Temple can go here if center stage does not work
*The stage layout can easily be reversed as well THE TEMPLE
FADE IN lights onto the elderly LUKE and MATTHEW, who are kneeling up front in prayer. .
We used the Parables
of Jesus as a starting point for our neighborhood kids Bible
study and adapted the lessons to suit our needs. The lessons provided fun and
easy ways to teach the parables. ~ Michle
We have a very small church (28 to 30 people total on average) and it is
hard to find programs to do for VBS. So when I went looking for something that I could do with a group of
kids, the Prayer of Jesus stood out. There are six,
two-hour lessons and we did a lesson a day. The book has game and craft ideas to go with each lesson.
. . . I am already looking into buying more books from Sunday School Network. I feel that learning to pray together as a group, a family, we have grown even closer to God.
~ Thank you, April G.
[The teacher's newsletter]
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it. I met a new friend in South Africa and the Lord is doing a great outreach there---so many children have been reached and so many teachers trained and given resources, and it started with this connection.
~ PTL for this site. Bev T.
I just wanted to let you know
what a blessing this website has been to me. I am teaching
on Sunday nights and had ran out of ideas
to use. I prayed that God
would give me some sources. Well, He did, alright! This website! I
was up until almost 2:00 A.M. one night searching it out.
What a wonderful
site! I love it! It has such great ideas.
Thank you so much! ~
Another sister in Christ, Mable D.
Make a Chrismon Wreath
fun and meaningful option for celebrating the Advent-Christmas season is
making a Chrismon
Chrismon Wreaths are similar to Chrismon Trees in that you decorate the greenery using
Chrismon ornaments, or "Christ-Monograms," which are symbols of
Christ or Christianity. Chrismons are white and gold; white represents
the purity of God, and gold his Kingship and glory.
Instructions: Pass a small gift RIGHT then LEFT as you hear those words in this story of Christmas. The last person holding the gift at the end of the story wins! You can also use this idea by writing your own story for any time of year.
Alternate ideas: keep passing the gift like a "hot potato" until you hear the word, then reverse direction. That way bigger groups could get more people involved.
You could also write a story, with a spiritual emphasis, about spring cleaning for a ladies gathering. "Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a RIGHT spirit within me."
~ Psalm 51:10
"We all know the story of Christmas well – but we must never forget that it is RIGHT to think about and remember and share with our children the reason for the season. No detail we have learned through the years should be LEFT out to tell the story RIGHT.
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~ Glen B.
Its hard for a small church like ours to
afford Bible curriculum and yours is so affordable and fun!
Our church used one of your plays with great success . . .
Thank you for
your ideas and your website. ~ Lynn Rhodes
I just want to say that I am very
thankful for this site. I have found a lot of neat
for Sunday school
group. ~ Kim
I appreciate these ideas for Sunday School . . . they come in very handy. ~Tessa,
Totally love your
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church youth group. God Bless You!
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respond so well
. . . ~ K. Eriksen