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Christmas Advent For Children’s Ministry 2013



Here’s a couple of great resources to get you started for Advent:

How to Make an Advent Wreath

How to Make an Advent Calendar

Here’s a list of Christmas Advent Lesson posts for Children’s Ministry:

Week 1 – Hope (Dec. 1)

Week 2 – Peace (Dec. 8)

Week 3 – Joy (Dec. 15)

Week 4 – Love (Dec. 22)

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – Light of the World (Alternative Date – Dec. 29)

Advent For Children’s Ministry Christmas Eve


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If you don’t have a Christmas Eve Service for children, you might want to include this in week 4 lesson.

Christmas: 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.

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. 

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.

Advent For Children’s Ministry Week 4

 
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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.

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.

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.

Advent Week 3 For Children’s Ministry

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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. You may want to have the children sing the song Joy To The World.

Bible Story:  For week three of advent, read Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-20. Tell the story 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.

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

Nehemiah 8:10b:  The joy of the Lord will make you strong.

Matthew 2:10-11:  When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy.   They went to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary. They bowed down and worshiped the child. They opened the gifts they brought for him. They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Luke 2:10-11:  The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, because I am bringing you some good news. It will be a joy to all the people.   11Today your Savior was born in David’s town. He is Christ, the Lord.

Luke 15:7:  In the same way, I tell you there is much joy in heaven when 1 sinner changes his heart. There is more joy for that one sinner than there is for 99 good people who don’t need to change.

Acts 2:28:  You will teach me God’s way to live. Being with you will fill me with joy.

Galatians 5:22-23a:  But the Spirit gives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

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

Advent Week Two For Children’s Ministry

 
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Week 2: Peace

Light the second purple candle in the Advent Wreath.

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.

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.

Bible Story:  For week two of advent, read Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-6; Matthew 1:18-24. Tell the story about Mary and Joseph. It must have been a scary time for them. Mary was in danger of being put to death because she allowed God to use her to bring His son into the world. Joseph trusted the angel in the dream and took Mary to be his wife. Then they had to travel to Bethlehem when Mary was about to give birth. Talk about the hardships they must have faced on the trail. Then they had to stay in a stable when the baby was born because there wasn’t any room at the inn. 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.

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

Isaiah 9:6-7:  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. Power and peace will be in his kingdom. It will continue to grow. He will rule as king on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom. He will make it strong, by ruling with goodness and fair judgment.  He will rule it forever and ever. The Lord of heaven’s armies will do this because of his strong love for his people.

Luke 2:13-14:  Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel. All the angels were praising God, saying, Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace to the people who please God.

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.

John 16:33:  I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble. But be brave! I have defeated the world!