Big Idea: God, the perfect Father, sent His Son to earth so that we can be part of His Big Family.
Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-56
This week the kids learnt that Jesus the rescuer came down from Heaven, just as God promised. The prophets foretold of his coming in Isaiah 7:14 where it says He will be born of a virgin, and called 'Immanuel'. This is what happened in the Bible story. Mary was visited by an angel and was told she would be pregnant and give birth to God's promised Messiah. Because Jesus came, died and rose again, and paid for our sins, we are all welcome in God's big family when we believe in Him. We celebrate Jesus at Christmas time because He has made a way for us to be called children of God – our perfect loving Father.
This week, reflect together on 'what makes a family'. Write a list of all the things that your family does for one another. (Care for, feed, protect, clean up, play & have fun etc). Then, look at this list and explain to children that because of Jesus' sacrifice, our Father in Heaven has welcomed us into His family. Explain how we can also do these things for others to show them they, too, are welcome in God's family. Choose one family together, that you can invite over for dinner between now and Christmas time, pray for them, and consider the ways you can show them that they are welcome in God's family.
Have a great week! See you next week for our last week of the year, our Christmas party!