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.

Christmas Coloring Pages Advent Calendar – Free Download 

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.

Children’s Lessons for Independence Day

Here are some online lessons and verses that go with Independence Day.

Some Facts about our Founding Fathers:

Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence. Twenty-four of them held seminary or Bible school degrees.

In 1777. Continental Congress voted to spend $300,000 to purchase bibles which were to be distributed throughout the 13 colonies! And in 1782, the United
States Congress declared, “The Congress of the United States recommends and
approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.”

On March 6, 1789, President John Adams called for a national day of fasting and
prayer for the country could “call to mind our numerous offenses against the
most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore his pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past
transgression, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed
and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience. . .”

Patrick Henry read the Bible for hours every day. During his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, he quoted Matthew and Jeremiah.

In his first general order to his own troops, General George Washington said he called on: ‘Every officer and man…to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country.’

Verses about a Nation’s Responsibility Toward God:

Psalm 33:12 ICB  Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord. Happy are the people He chose for His very own.

Proverbs 11:14  ICB  Without leadership a nation will be defeated. But when many people give advice, it will be safe.

Proverbs 14:34  ICB  Doing what is right makes a nation great. But sin will bring disgrace to any people.

 Christian’s Responsibilities to our Nation:

Obey God first.  Acts 5:29 NRSV  But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”

Obey Our Leaders and the Law.  Romans 13:1 ICB   All of you must obey the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule. And no one rules now without that power from God.

Pray For Our Leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1 ICB  You should pray for kings and for all who have authority. Pray for the leaders so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives—lives full of worship and respect for God.

Ministry to Children: Stories of the Kingdom – Citizens of Heaven

Ministry to Children: God’s Kingdom is a Treasure

Ambassadors for Christ

Ready to Serve

Kidmin Independence Day Lessons

0305-4th-july-1100021042-10182013Here are a few free resources to help you plan children’s church for Independence Day week-end. Have a great 4th of July holiday.

 

 

Children’s Sermons & Object Lessons:

Equipped for Battle Children’s Sermon

Are We on God’s Side Bible Story

Independence Day Lesson

Free at Last Children’s Sermon

Freedom Isn’t Free Children’s Sermon

Children’s Ministry Activities:

Independence Day Craft – Firecrackers

7 Great Ideas for the 4th of July

Living Out Our Liberty Craft

Fun Independence Day Games

 

5 Father’s Day Bible Stories for Kidmin

Here’s a list of 5 Bible stories that would go with a children’s ministry Father’s Day message:

1. God is our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 6:18)

We can trust God to take care of us because He is our Heavenly Father and loves us.

2. Noah and his Three Sons (Genesis 9:18-27)

Two sons respected Noah and helped him. One son didn’t respect his father.

3. 12 Year Old Jesus at the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)

Even though Jesus wanted to stay at the temple, he obeyed Joseph, his earthly father, and returned home.

4. The Parable of the Son who Obeyed His Father (Matthew 21:28-32)

One son agreed to do what his father asked but didn’t do it. The other son said he wouldn’t do what his father asked, but thought better of it and did it. Who is the better son?

5. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

No matter how much we’ve messed up, our dads still love us. Even if that’s not true of your earthly dad, it’s true of your Heavenly Dad.

Pentecost Sunday for Pentecostal Kidmin

Pentecost Sunday is June 4th this year. This is an important time for Pentecostal churches, yet many children’s ministries don’t take advantage of it to lead children into the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here are some posts to help you while you plan for Pentecost Sunday.

Are Children Too Young to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Object Lesson – Preparing Children to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Filled with the Holy Spirit Children’s Sermon

5 Ways to Create an Atmosphere for God to Move

5 Keys for Altar Ministry for Children