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Kidmin Advent (Christmas Eve) Light of the World

Jesus, Light of the World

Light the white candle in middle of the Advent Wreath.

Advent ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. There are three advents in Scripture. The first happened 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us. The second can happen now. Jesus wants to come into our lives now. The third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.

Activity: Talk to the children about the meaning of advent. Make this a special time by talking about the real meaning of Christmas. Sing Christmas carols and eat Christmas cookies. You might want to exchange gifts. It would also be a nice touch to have the children act out the Nativity with costumes.

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Free Online Object Lesson – Light of the World

Bible Story:  Read Matthew 4:16, Luke 2:25-38. Simeon and Anna were two prophets who lived a very long time. The world was in darkness because of sin. But they knew that when the Messiah, Jesus, came, he would bring light into the world. With that light came hope, peace, joy, and love. When these prophets saw the baby Jesus after He was born, they knew He was the one they were waiting for. They told His mother, Mary, what God had shown them. Jesus is the light of the world.

 

Verses: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.

Matthew 4:16:  These people who live in darkness will see a great light. They live in a place that is very dark. But a light will shine on them.

Luke 2:30-32:  I have seen your Salvation with my own eyes. You prepared him before all people. He is a light for the non-Jewish people to see. He will bring honor to your people, the Israelites.

John 1:1-5:  Before the world began, there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through him. Nothing was made without him. In him there was life. That life was light for the people of the world. The Light shines in the darkness. And the darkness has not overpowered the Light.

John 3:19-21:  People are judged by this fact: I am the Light from God that has come into the world. But men did not want light. They wanted darkness because they were doing evil things. Everyone who does evil hates the light. He will not come to the light because it will show all the evil things he has done. But he who follows the true way comes to the light. Then the light will show that the things he has done were done through God.

John 8:12:  Later, Jesus talked to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life.”

John 9:5:  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:46:  I have come as light into the world. I came so that whoever believes in me would not stay in darkness.

Ephesians 5:8:  In the past you were full of darkness, but now you are full of light in the Lord. So live like children who belong to the light.

1 John 1:5:  Here is the message we have heard from God and now tell to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.

Kidmin Advent Week 4 (December 17) Love

Week 4: Love

Light the final purple candle in the Advent Wreath.

At Christmas we remember Christ’s birth, but rarely do we talk about the reason he was born. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to Earth as a baby so He could live a sinless life as a man and be the sacrifice for our sin. That’s a love greater than any love we’ve ever known. That’s the real meaning of Christmas.

Talk to the children about how Christmas is a time we show love for others. Ask them what are some of the ways they can show love for others. Don’t just talk about giving presents. We can show love by being kind to each other, helping each other, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Christmas is a great time to show love because God showed His love for us when His Son, Jesus, was born. The story doesn’t end in the manger. Jesus gave His life for us. That’s true love.

Activities: Make a chain for the Christmas tree using strips of red, green, and white construction paper glue together.

Benevolence: This would be a great time to plan a benevolence event to show love to the community. Have the children bring in canned food for the food pantry, bring a toy for Toys for Tots, or go Christmas Caroling at a nursing home. Talk about how God gave Himself at Christmas. We should also give of ourselves at Christmas.

Object Lesson: Use the following object lesson with the chain garland.

Red: Red symbolizes Christ was born on Christmas so He could shed His blood for the sins of the world.

Romans 5:9 Now that we have been justified by his blood, how much more will we be saved from wrath through him!

Green: Green is the color of the evergreens that last all year long even through the winter snow. It symbolizes eternal life that Jesus came to give. If we believe in Him, we will have eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

White: White symbolizes the purity of Christ. He lived His life on Earth without ever sinning, He cleanses us from our sins when we become His children. Our sins become as white as snow.

Isaiah 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Bible Story:  For week four of advent, read John 3:1-21. Tell the how God sent His Son to Earth because He loves us. Jesus lived a sinless life and taught us about God while He was on Earth because He is God. Then he died on the cross as a punishment for our sins. He took our place and shed his blood for us.

Talk to the children about how we’ve all sinned. We’ve all failed God. We all deserve to be punished. But God loves us so much that He doesn’t want to punish us for our sins. He wants us to be close to Him. But God is just. He’s always right. So He punished Jesus for our sins. That way we can be close to God and not worry about the punishment we deserve. God loves us that much. Invite the children who don’t know Christ to accept Him as their savior so their sins will be forgiven.

Online Free Object Lesson: The Best Gift

Verses: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.

John 3:16:  For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. 

John 13:34:  I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:13:  The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends.

Galatians 2:20:  20I do not live anymore—it is Christ living in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God. He loved me and gave himself to save me.

Ephesians 5:2:  Live a life of love. Love other people just as Christ loved us. Christ gave himself for us—he was a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God.

1 John 4:9-11:  This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him. True love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. God sent his Son to be the way to take away our sins. That is how much God loved us, dear friends! So we also must love each other. 

1 John 4:19:  We love because God first loved us.

Sermon: Remind the children God gave Himself as Jesus. Jesus is God with us. The best gift we can give God for Christmas is ourselves.

Kidmin Advent Week 3 (December 10) Joy

Week 3: Joy

Light the pink or rose colored candle in the Advent Wreath.

Christmas is a joyful time for most children as it should be. The Bible talks a lot about joy and how Jesus being born was a joyful occasion.

Talk to the children about how Christmas is a time of great joy. Ask them what makes them joyful at Christmas. There are other things that cause people to be joyful like the birth of a baby. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of a baby. But this baby was different than any other child. Jesus is the son of God, and He came to Earth to be our saviour. Because of this, He has brought joy to the world.

Activity: Continue decorating the Christmas tree. Use these object lessons while decorating the tree.

Tree Top: The tree top is usually an angel or a star. Both were in the sky the night Jesus was born. The angels proclaimed the good news to the shepherds. The star lighted the way of wise men traveling to Bethlehem. When they saw Jesus, they were filled with joy. (Matthew 2:10)

Ornaments: Jesus wants us to have joy in our lives. Round bulbs represent Jesus coming to Earth. Jesus coming to Earth gives us joy by reuniting us with God. That’s why it is called Good News. Other ornaments represent that God wants to give us good things.

Siver Ornaments or Garland: Silver has two meanings. It symbolizes the star of Bethlehem that the wise men followed. But it also symbolizes shepherds who rang their silver bells in Bible times to help the sheep find their way. When Jesus was born, angels appeared to shepherds so they could worship Him. Jesus as our Great Shepherd. Jesus came to Earth to help us find our way back to God.

Gold Ornaments or Garland: Gold symbolizes the three wise men. Some called them kings. They brought gifts Jesus when he was born: gold, frankincense, and myrrh to show Jesus was born a king. He came to this Earth as a baby, but He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Optional Activity: A great idea to help children focus on other people at Christmas is to have them make their own Christmas cards. Receiving Christmas Cards can give people joy. Here’s some ideas of who they could send them to.

Missionaries: Missionaries have a hard time at Christmas. They’re away from their families, many times in places that don’t celebrate Christmas.

Shut Ins and Nursing Home Residents: Some of our senior members feel alone at Christmas especially if they have no family nearby.

Widows and Widowers: Those who have lost their spouses have a hard time during the holidays.

Parents: Parents are usually the ones who give to their children at Christmas. Sometimes it helps to give a little something back.

Pastor: Pastors love to be appreciated too. Getting Christmas Cards from all the children would make their day.

Free Online Object Lesson about Joy

Bible Story:  (Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-20)

Tell these stories of the visitors after Jesus was born. First talk about the angels who appeared to the shepherds and told them that a baby was born that would bring joy to the world. The shepherds went to see baby Jesus and were filled with joy. Some time later wise men arrived from the East. They had followed a star to Bethlehem and wanted to worship the new born king of kings. They were filled when great joy when the found Jesus and gave him gifts.

This would also be a good story for the children to act out. Assign some children as angels, some as shepherds, and some as wise men. Don’t forget Mary and Joseph.

Verses: 

Luke 2:10 (NrIV) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people.

Philippians 4:4 (ICB):  Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy.

End the lesson with encouragement for the children to be filled with joy because Jesus Christ is Lord. If they struggle with joy, pray for God to fill them. Sing Joy to the World.

Kidmin Advent Week 2 (December 3) Peace

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Week 2: Peace

Light the second purple candle in the Advent Wreath.

Read Isaiah 9:6: A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.

If hope has a different meaning in the Bible then it does in the world, then peace also has a different meaning. Jesus talked a lot about the peace He came to give. His peace isn’t the absence of conflict, war, or trials, but it is a calm assurance that Christ is in control even when the world around us is in chaos.

Ask the children what peace is. Talk to the children about how Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. He’s not called that because everything becomes peaceful when we get saved. He brings us peace in the midst of our troubles. Tell a story about a tragedy in your life and how God gave you peace in it when you trusted in Him.

Activity: Have a Christmas tree in place, and let the children decorate it.

Make sure you have the following ornaments for the tree. Talk to the children about what these ornaments represent.

Red Apples: (You can have the children cut apples out of construction paper is you like. Save other ornaments for later weeks. This will be an ongoing project.)

We hang apples from the Christmas tree because Adam and Eve sinned by eating the apple. Jesus came to Earth to save us from our sins.

Red symbolizes Christ was born on Christmas so He could shed His blood for the sins of the world. That gives us peace.

Stories about the Christmas Tree:

Here are two stories you can tell the children about the Christmas tree. One is from church history. The other is a legend.

The Paradise Tree: From the eleventh Century, religious plays called “Mystery Plays” including the popularParadise Play depicting the story of the creation of Adam and Eve, their sin, and thier banishment from Eden. An evergreen tree was used for this winter festival and decorated with apples symbolizing the forbidden fruit.

The Legend of the Three Trees

Free Online Object Lesson – Peace or Friction

Verses about Peace: All verses in the Advent Series are from the International Children’s Bible.

Isaiah 9:6:  A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace. 

Mark 4:39:  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

John 14:27:  I leave you peace. My peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled. Don’t be afraid.

Bible Story:  (Luke 2:1-7;

Object: Show a picture of a clean nativity scene where everything looks angelic. Then show a picture of a smelly, dirty cave with lots of animals.

Tell the story about Mary having the baby, Jesus. Emphasis how she didn’t have it easy. While she was very pregnant, she had to ride miles on a donkey. Talk about the hardships they must have faced on the trail. Talk to the children about camping outside. Talk about the bad things about camping. 

Then when Mary and Joseph got to Bethlehem, they couldn’t even stay at an inn. They had to stay in a smelly old cave. They didn’t have barns today. They kept their animals in caves. She gave birth in a manger filled with straw. A manger is a feeding troth for animals.

This is where Jesus was born. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but He was born in a stable.

They didn’t have a doctor or a midwife or even Mary’s mother there. Neither Mary of Joseph knew what was going to happen, but they had peace in the midst of it because they trusted God.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He can give us peace even when things aren’t going well. He came to give us peace with God. How do we feel at peace when everything goes wrong? The Bible tells us how.

Isaiah 26:3.(ICB) You, Lord, give true peace. You give peace to those who depend on you. You give peace to those who trust you.

End the lesson with a Christmas hymn. I suggest O Holy Night.

Kidmin Advent Week 1 (November 26) Hope

Celebrating Advent in Children’s Church is a great way to teach children about what Christmas really means. These are short lessons that will supplement other curriculum or activities and drama or choir practices you might do during this season. You could also use these lessons for mid-week classes. Each week until Christmas I will post a free Advent lesson for that week. If you want to do Advent, you should start this Sunday, November 26th.

Week 1 – Hope

Advent Wreath and Candles:

The advent wreath with four purple candles or three purple candles and one pink candle and one white candle in the middle is a great way to teach about the birth of Christ. The candles are lit every Sunday throughout Advent, and each week symbolizes something different.

Hope in the Bible has a different meaning then what children normally think. They may hope they’ll get their favorite toy for Christmas or that they’ll do well in school. But that’s not Scriptural hope. Hope in the Bible is the calm assurance that God will do what He says. Christ came to give us hope for salvation.

Talk to the children about what they hope to get for Christmas. Tell them about a gift you hoped to receive when you were a child, but you didn’t get that gift. You got something else instead. Explain that the hope Jesus gives is different. He gives us the hope of salvation. All we have to do is trust in Him. He will never let us down when we hope in Him.

Read Isaiah 7:14. In the Old Testament, God had told the prophets, long ago. that Jesus was coming. This gave them hope. Someday  Immanuel, which means God with us, would come and save them from their sins.

Isaiah 7:14 (ICB) But the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and she will name him Immanuel.

God was telling them they could put their hope in God for salvation. Our hope for salvation comes from God because Jesus was born and died on the cross for our sins.

Activity: Use these object lessons while decorating a Christmas Tree for Kidmin. The tree decorating will continue through Advent. This week, decorate with the advent wreath in Children’s Church. You can also have the children make their own Advent wreaths or calendars.

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Why are wreaths in a circle?

The circle symbolizes eternal life. Because Christ came to Earth, we have eternal life in Christ. He is our hope, and our hope is in Him.

Matthew 12:21 (ICB):   In him will the nations find hope.

Colossians 1:27 (ICB):  God decided to let his people know this rich and glorious truth which he has for all people. This truth is Christ himself, who is in you. He is our only hope for glory.

It can also symbolize God’s unending love. We usually hang wreaths on the door to welcome guests just as Jesus welcomes us to have eternal life in Him. Wreaths are made out of evergreen symbolizing again everlasting life in Christ.

We have hope we will live with Jesus forever.

Bible Story:  Mary gets pregnant. (Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-38)

Object: Show a book about pregnant woman, a pair of baby booties, or something that symbolizes having a baby.

Tell this story in your own words.

When a woman gets pregnant, it means she is having a baby. Every baby who is born has a mother and a father. When Mary became pregnant, it was different. For the first time in history, a woman became pregnant with a baby that didn’t have a father. That’s because this child is Jesus, the Son of God. He is our hope who is God with us.

Mary might have been afraid when the angel came and told her what happened. She had a fiancé and was planning to get married. Would Joseph believe her? Even if she was afraid, she showed her hope in God by what she said.

Luke 1:38 Mary said, “I am the servant girl of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say!” Then the angel went away.

Just as Mary put her hope in God when she was afraid, we can put our hope in God when we’re afraid.

When Mary told Joseph, he was confused. He wanted to believe her, but something like this had never happened before. Even though he was confused, his hope was in God. He had a dream that night. An angel appeared to him and told him Mary was telling the truth.

Matthew 1:21 (ICB) She will give birth to a son. You will name the son Jesus. Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins.

Even when we are confused like Joseph, we can put our hope in God. He will never let us down.

That isn’t the end of the story. After Jesus was born, died, and rose again, He said He would come back again. We hope for the day He comes again. That is our blessed hope.

Titus 2:13 (NIRV) That’s how we should live as we wait for the blessed hope God has given us. We are waiting for Jesus Christ to appear in his glory. He is our great God and Savior.

End the lesson with a Christmas hymn as you light the first candle. O Come O Come Emmanuel is a good one for this lesson.