First Sunday of Advent: November 27th

ADVENT

This week begins the season of Advent, a special time in the church calendar for members to prepare themselves to engage the mystery of the Incarnation. Advent helps teach us what it means to long and wait for the arrival of Jesus. Rather than rushing through the holiday season, Christians slow down to remember and receive the promise of full redemption and rejoice in the hope of Christ.

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Beulah Land: Esther

Who knows if you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14b

Summary: Beulah Land will continue Old Testament character study until Christmas Sunday. This week’s story is an overview of the book of Esther. We will incorporate our Advent Spiral each week. It depicts a figure on a donkey coming closer to Bethlehem (the center) each week as we come closer to Christmas day. It looks like this:

This is from A Holy Experience. We use one very similar.
This is from A Holy Experience. We use one very similar.

Follow Up Questions: I wonder why Mordecai would not bow down to Haman? I wonder how Esther came to be so brave? I wonder where God is in this story?

Additional Followup: Make an advent wreath together! Or put out 4 candles and light one each Sunday of Advent. Check out the RMC Kids Advent pinterest page for more ideas. If you participated in the Jesse Tree Ornament Swap, don’t forget to start your tree today!

Parents, where do you long for Christ’s presence to be known in your family? What needs to be disrupted in your daily routine to make space for this child? What would you really be anticipating if you took away all of the Christmas rushing? Ask God: What does it mean that you are Emmanuel, “Christ with us”?

Hymn of the Month: This is the last week for the first verse of Be Thou My Vision! We will begin a new one in December. Check out THIS SITE to singalong.

Godly Play I & II: Advent Prophets

Memory Verse: A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1

Summary: The Godly Play lessons during these four weeks reflect on the parties present at the birth of Christ. Today’s lesson focuses on the Prophets who foretold the Incarnation.  It is different from other Godly Play lessons because there are no wondering questions at the end. The reason for this is to heighten the mystery of Christmas as we build up to THE DAY we have been waiting for!

Follow Up Questions: I wonder what the prophets thought was going to happen in Bethlehem? I wonder what it was like to wait for so long for some thing to happen? I wonder if you remember anything from the stories of prophets that might be about Christ? I wonder if you’ve ever had to wait a long time for something? I wonder what it means to be waiting for Jesus now…didn’t he already come?

Additional Follow Up: Make an advent wreath together! Or put out 4 candles and light one each Sunday of Advent. Check out the RMC Kids Advent pinterest page for more ideas. If you participated in the Jesse Tree Ornament Swap, don’t forget to start your tree today!

Parents, where do you long for Christ’s presence to be known in your family? What needs to be disrupted in your daily routine to make space for this child? What would you really be anticipating if you took away all of the Christmas rushing? Ask God: What does it mean that you are Emmanuel, “Christ with us”?

Music: Don’t forget our beloved Rain for Roots’ Waiting Songs Album! Another great one for this time is Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb  (this concert will be in town on December 9th!)

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