December 3rd - The Shepherd

This week our elementary students will be looking at Micah 5:2-5 while our preschool and toddler room will be focusing on the story "Operation 'No More Tears'" from the Jesus Storybook Bible. We will also be celebrating the second week of advent. For details on advent, please see the "how to celebrate advent" section of the discipleship guide found on this website.

BIG IDEA: 

The Child of God Brings Peace

MEMORY VERSE: 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

THIS WEEKS LESSON: 

In both rooms, we celebrate advent. This is the summary of what they discussed:

Ask the kids if they know what Christmas is

Ask the kids if they know what Advent is (approach, coming). You can even do what Pastor Kyle does and ask a teacher to go out the back door and knock, and then the kids can open the door. That’s what the coming of Jesus is like! We are excited and we celebrate that Jesus has already come, and we look forward to when Jesus comes back.

Last week we celebrated the hope that Jesus gives us by rescuing us. Today we are celebrating that Jesus is our shepherd. 

What is a shepherd? Why do sheep need a shepherd? Why do we need a shepherd?

Hold up a Candy Cane. Talk about how it is shaped like a shepherds cane, remembering the shepherds that visited Jesus at his birth, and that Jesus is our great shepherd. Give out Candy Canes at this time if you wish (or afterwards)

On Advent we will light a candle for each week leading up to Christmas to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world. Because Jesus came, we have peace with God! And so today, we light our second candle.

Light the second candle (purple)

In preschool/toddler room, they read the story "Operation 'No More Tears'" from the Jesus Storybook Bible, and then discussed the following:

What did God write to his people? Did God send us a letter?

What was the promise that was in the letter?

Are we still waiting for someone to save us?

How does Jesus give us peace with God?

Close in Prayer, and sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” or “Angels we have heard on high” with the kids

In the elementary aged room, they are reading Micah 5:2-5 together and discussing the questions below.

Read Micah 5:2-5 together. Then ask these questions:

What is the promise in this letter?

Did this happen yet, or are we waiting for the person that this talks about?

How did Jesus fulfill this promise?

How does Jesus give us peace with God?

How do you ask Jesus to lead you as a shepherd today?

Close in Prayer

These are the activities and object lessons we are using in our room this week to drive home the lesson. Our activities are always built around enforcing the lesson:

Coloring Page - For whatever room wants to use it, image below

Water Relay - For Commons, I’ve been wondering how to get the kids involved for Year End Gift and this is my idea. Divide the kids into teams of 5. One kid is going to fill up empty water bottles and one kid is going to dump them into a bucket. The first kid fills the water up, closes it, tosses it to the next kid, and so on until the last kid who dumps it out. If they drop the water bottle they have to start again at the beginning. Every time a kid dumps the water out they all switch positions and begin again. The team that fills a bucket of water the most in 4 to 5 minutes wins.

The tie in to this is that Living Water provides water to kids that don’t have clean water in their schools. What would we do if we had to leave school to get clean water, or had to drink dirty water that had lots and lots of germs in it? When we give at the Y.E.G., half of that money goes to give kids and families all the clean water they need! Start talking to your family about giving to the Year End Gift.

Find the City - Specifically for Blue Room. You have access to several pictures where the kids have to find an object, or maps where they have to find a city. This is what God did when he said the savior was coming from Bethlehem!

The Shepherd Leading the Blind - For Blue or Commons, have one shepherd chosen that directs kids with their eyes closed to a section of the room.