Antioch Kids: Elementary!

All December, we excited to learn more about who God is by taking a close look at the Christmas story. God saw our greatest need and did something about it! The Christmas story shows an important facet of God’s character- that God is full of compassion. All month long, we will look at the compassion God showed us and then ask ourselves how to show compassion to others.

Compassion is caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. 

God’s example of compassion is summarized in the monthly Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIrV) God saw the world’s greatest need and cared enough to do something.

Week 1, we will look at God’s compassion as seen when the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary (Luke 1:26-33). The angel told Mary that God saw His people’s need. Immanuel, God with us, came to rescue us! Our Bottom Line is that God saw our greatest need. Whose needs do you see?

Week 2, we will look at God’s compassion as seen when Jesus was bron (Luke 2:1-7). God didn’t just see our needs. He did something to meet our need! Our Bottom Line is: God gave us the greatest gift. What will you give?

Week 3, we will look at God’s compassion as seen when the shepherds visited Jesus (Luke 2:8-20). When the shepherds saw baby Jesus, they wanted to tell everyone that God met their greatest need. Our Bottom Line is: God gave us great news. Who will you tell?

Week 4, we will look at the compassion God showed us, and ask ourselves how we can show compassion to others. It’s God’s love in us that gives us the passion, energy, and creativity to do something to help others. Our Bottom Line is: God showed the world His love. How will you show the world?

Each month, we provide elementary parents with a great resource called “God Time”. This free resource gives you and your child the opportunity to keep learning about the things he or she learned on Sunday morning! These short devotionals take no more than 5 minutes and help your child further understand who God is and what matters to Him. Make sure to pick it up as you leave the Antioch Kids hallway this Sunday! Or click below to see it now!

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Antioch Kids: Preschool!

It’s time to celebrate Christmas! This year, we are having a “Christmas Countdown” as we teach your preschooler that Jesus is God’s Son!

We started the Christmas story with an angel telling Mary that she is to be a mother of a special baby boy. Then,we will teach your child about Bethlehem, the town where Jesus was born in a stable, and tell them about the shepherds in the field who also saw angels! Finally, we conclude the month with a visit from the wise men. They arrived way after Jesus was born and celebrated Him even when it wasn’t His birthday. We can celebrate Jesus any day too. We celebrate Him because Jesus us God’s Son.

Each month, we provide preschool parents with a great resource called “Small Talk”. This free resource gives you ideas to continue teaching your child about the things learned on Sunday mornings. There are teaching ideas to use during play time, bath time, cuddle time and care time! Make sure to pick it up as you leave the Antioch Kids hallway this Sunday! Or click below to see it now!

What can your kids give to God?

The holiday’s are in full swing! Have you asked your kids what they want for Christmas? Have you asked your kids what they want to give God for Christmas?

Wait.

Stop right there.

Can you give God something for Christmas?

I’m glad you asked! Yes, yes you can! Below you will find an awesome idea, thanks to Noel Piper’s book titled “Treasuring God in our Traditions”, that will help your kids understand what they can give to God!

Start here. Talk to your kids about the meaning of Christmas. For example, ask your kids “Whose birthday do we celebrate on Christmas?”. Of course, they will say “Jesus!“.

Then, use some kid logic to get them thinking. Ask your kids, “What do you give on birthdays?” And off course, they will say “Presents!“.

Tie the two questions together and ask, “Well, how do we give presents to God?”

I’m pretty sure this will stump them. It might stump you. It stumped me at first!

Grab your Bible and help your kids find Matthew 25:30. As a family, read this verse which says, “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Read it again and explain to your kids that this verse gives the answer. It says that when we love and care for others, we love and care for the King. And that is what God wants. The best presents we can give God are sacrifice, service, servant’s hearts and loving attitudes.

Here is where it gets fun!

For the month of December, give your kids the a challenge. Anytime you catch your kids serving others, doing chores with a happy heart, or choosing to help someone, give your child a quarter to put in a special container. All month long, every time your child earns a quarter, they should put it in that special container.

On Christmas Eve, count up all the month in each child’s special container. Then, go to an online justice gift catalog such as Compassion International or World Relief and pick something to give to someone in need with all the money that has been earned.

We recommend placing some visual reminders around the house to help your kids remember this challenge. Write “What can we give to the King?” on bathroom mirrors, on a large piece of paper, or on a picture frame in the middle of the room. Help kids decorate containers to collect their quarters in. And don’t forget, remind yourself that by choosing to have a servants heart each day is a way to give a good present to God!

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