Week Four

In this fourth week of Advent, we focus on the PEACE coming into our world. We hope the ideas we provide below help your family have a week of spreading peace.

LIVE Events:

7 PM Wednesday night ​- craft explanation, devotion from Anne, scripture, candle-lighting, and prayer. This meeting happens on ZOOM.

8 PM Thursday night - Christmas Eve service. We've added a special treat for kids of all ages.

Watch for:

a video on FB/website of Kathy Iman cooking something easy from a Bois D'Arc cookbook!

Discussion Topic:

As you do the family activity, talk about times when you've had to go through a hard time to find peace. What do you do, as adults, when you need peace? You can start teaching your kids good self-care and how to deal with anxiety at this peaceful time so they will have tools when times aren't so peaceful for them.

Music Suggestions:

For this week of Peace, why not check out this classic Christmas Hymn:

 

O Little Town of Bethlehem

by Gaither Vocal Band

by King's College Choir

by Sarah McLachlan

 

Which version is your favorite?

Basic Concepts

Color: Purple

Theme: Peace

Symbol: Stars

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

Advent Candle Prayer​

Peace on Earth begins in our hearts, or between two people. We pray for peace in our families. We pray for peace in our homes. We pray for peace between all. Let peace for the world begin in our hearts. No peaceful act is too small to start changing the world.

 

Smith, Traci. Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas:    100 Ways to Make the Season Sacred (p. 75). Chalice Press. Kindle Edition. 

Craft: Popsicle Stars

Pull out your Advent@Home box and get ready to make some stars. You will need some glue for the Advanced ones. Rev. Kim will demonstrate on Wednesday.

Family Activity Idea

Pull out your Advent@Home box, find something to use as a blindfold, and get ready to search for the light! Empty the bag of beans into a container, and add the "gem" included. Take turns with the blindfold, searching the beans for the gem. We sometimes have to search in life to find light, the gospel, goodness, peace. This game is a fun reminder that we often have to work to find good things. It can also teach us that sometimes things that don't seem good can turn out great. If you wash your hands before you play, you can turn those beans into a pot of something delicious after the game!

Story

The Little Bell that Wouldn't Ring, read by Joe Iman (PENDING)

In this third week of Advent, we focus on the LOVE coming into our world. We hope the ideas we provide below help your family have a week full of love.

LIVE Events:

7 PM Wednesday night ​- craft explanation, devotion from Anne, scripture, candle-lighting, and prayer. This meeting happens on ZOOM.

Watch for:

a video on FB/website of Kathy Iman cooking something easy from a Bois D'Arc cookbook!

Discussion Topic:

What is your favorite ornament on the tree? Discuss with your family why this one matters to you. Is it the giver? the Christmas it arrived? Do you remember making it? Kids may not remember where those ornaments came from, so it's lovely to share why these ornaments matter to you. It's also interesting to see what they do remember for ideas for making this holiday special.

Music Suggestions:

For this week of Joy, why not check out this classic Christmas Hymn:

 

Love Came Down at Christmas

by Jars of Clay

by King's College, Cambridge

by John Rutter & The Cambridge Singers

Which version is your favorite?

Craft: Nativity Photography

We want to see all the nativity scenes you have at home or find beautiful. Take photos of the ones you see to share with the group. If you don't have a nativity scene, make one. Get creative! We're going to share our collection of nativity scenes in worship this week.

Basic Concepts

Color: Pink

Theme: Love

Symbol: the Nativity

Scripture: Luke 2:15-20

Family Activity Idea

This one is going to get you moving outdoors. It's a Winter Scavenger Hunt developed by Reba Sims & Melita Van Winkle. Go for a hike as a family and try to find the following winter treasures:

  • a leaf with a hole in it

  • a bird feather

  • a caterpillar

  • a heart shaped rock

  • a bug

  • leaves of green, red, brown, yellow

  • a blooming flower

  • moss

  • an acorn

  • something that is bigger than a piece of paper

  • something bumpy

Story

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, read by Charlie Downs.

Advent Candle Prayer​

God, you ask us to love you. Please help us to love you more every day. God, you ask us to love our neighbors. Please help us to love our neighbors more every day. God, you ask us to love you and love our neighbors. Help us to do both of those things, more and more each day. By loving God, we love our neighbors. By loving our neighbors, we love God.

 

Smith, Traci. Faithful Families for Advent and Christmas: 100 Ways to Make the Season Sacred (p. 76). Chalice Press. Kindle Edition. 

Week Three

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