Week of January 3, 2021

Listen to the story of Jesus' birth again.

Imagine you were one of the wisemen! What a surprise to see Jesus, God's son! The wisemen (or Magi) had an epiphany.

January 6th is the 12th day of Christmas. We call this day Epiphany to celebrate when the Magi saw Jesus for the first time.

Imagine their surprise!

Preschool Series - FAMILY

In this series, children will learn that Jesus grew up, just like we do! They will start with the story of Jesus as a boy, and journey through his early ministry life. As they journey with Jesus, they will discover that Jesus grew up with friends and family, as that will be seen throughout the stories from this series.

“This is my Son, and I love him. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”

Matthew 17:5b

Jesus and the wisemen

Learn a new worship song!

Kids and Jr. High Series - SON OF GOD

In this series, kids will grapple with the idea that Jesus lived a human life just like them. He was tempted and uncomfortable. He was hungry and thirsty. He felt joy and sadness. He felt all of the things that we feel. He lived on earth being tempted, but never sinned. Because even though Jesus was fully human, he is also God. This series is jam-packed full of incredibly rich Jesus-centred conversations waiting to happen!

“We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:69 (NIV)

Kids (K - Gr. 3)

Baby Jesus at the Temple

What’s the longest you’ve ever had to wait for a meal?

At a doctor’s office?

To go on a vacation?

Was the time you spent waiting really that long, or did it just feel that way?

What made it seem like such a long wait? (e.g., I was hungry/nervous/excited)

Jesus is God’s greatest promise.

There will be plenty of times in the kids’ lives when promises will be kept and broken.

Today, we’re learning about a BIG promise that God kept—but it took a really long time!

Read Luke 2:21-40

How many years did people wait for Jesus, our rescuer?

Use the measuring tape and people cutouts to create a timeline showing how long people waited for Jesus. Explain that in today’s story Jesus travels with his parents to a temple. Explain that 30 cm (1’) equals about 1000 years.

Wk 1- People Cutouts.pdf

Place Adam and Eve at one end of the line

Mark out 60 cm - add Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Roll out another 60 cm - add Jesus.

About 30 years after Jesus’ birth, add the disciples. (This is a tiny fraction of measuring tape, which is a good way to emphasize how much happened in 1,000 years!)

Roll out 60 cm - add the people that represent us today.

Discuss

How do you think people felt waiting so long for Jesus?

How do you think people felt when they found out Jesus had come to earth? (Hint: How did Anna and Simeon react?)

Junior High (Gr.4-6)

Think of a time when you made a promise.

What was it? Did you keep it? Why or why not?

Jesus is God’s greatest promise.

Jesus didn’t arrive the way many people expected, but it was just as God planned!

God made a promise to send the Messiah (Jesus) thousands of years earlier. God always keeps his promises!

Luke 2:21-24, 2:25-35 and 2:36-40

How did Simeon know Jesus was coming?

Why was Simeon waiting for him to arrive? (prophecies in the Old Testament, e.g., Isaiah 7:14; the Holy Spirit revealed it to him)

What do we know about Anna? What do you think it was like for her to meet baby Jesus?

Do you think people expected the Messiah to arrive like that? (most people expected a strong and powerful king, not a baby in a manger)

Many people make New Year’s resolutions.

What is a resolution? (a firm decision to do or not to do something)

What are some examples of common resolutions? (e.g., eating healthier; exercising more; staying on top of schoolwork)

Make a different kind of resolution.

God made promises to you and now you're going to make a promise to him!

What’s one way you want to get to know Jesus better this year?

How will you start this week? What will you do tomorrow?

Youth Series - SON OF GOD

Jesus is one of three members of the Trinity and the rescuer God promised. It can be easy to forget that Jesus lived a human life, as a real person on earth. He was fully human and fully God at the same time. We are invited to learn from Jesus and become his disciple!

“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

Luke 2:29-32 (NLT)

Youth (Gr. 7-9)

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever promised someone?

What’s the most ridiculous thing someone has ever promised you?

Have you ever made a promise to God? If so, what did you promise?

Jesus is God’s greatest promise.

Read Luke 2:21-40

Have you heard this story before? If so, did anything new stand out to you this time?

What was the experience of seeing baby Jesus like for Simeon? For Anna?

Read 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

Paul is writing to the church in Corinth in this passage. Re-read verse 20. What do you think this verse means?

How does Jesus fulfill all of God’s promises?

Re-read verse 22

Who is Jesus to you? What does he mean to you?

What do you think it means to recognize Jesus as Lord of your life?Have you made a promise or commitment to follow Jesus? If not, do you have any questions?