Monday, November 28, 2011

Advent: Week 1 - Prophecy

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Memory Verse - Matthew 1:22-23 
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.'

Verses to Read – 

·         December 1st - 2 Peter 1:19-21
·         December 2nd - Isaiah 11:1-2 & Jeremiah 23:5-6
·         December 5th - Isaiah 9:1-7 & Matthew 4:13-16
·         December 6th - Isaiah 7:13-14 & Matthew 1:22-23
·         December 7th - Micah 5:2 & Matthew 2:5-6
·         December 8th - Isaiah 53
·         December 9th - Malachi 3:1 & Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 & Mark 1:1-11

     Ornaments to Use - (download ornaments)
      December 1st - Bible
      December 2nd - Stump
      December 5th - Lightbulb
      December 6th - Sign
      December 7th - Map of Israel
      December 8th - Cross
      December 9th - Megaphone

Song – Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

(If your child can handle more, there are at least six more verses!  Or also consider memorizing Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.)

Activities -

·         December 1st
  • Sid the Science Kid 'Light Scavenger Hunt'  When the lights are low, is it easy to pay attention to the different light sources?  Explain how we should pay attention to the Bible like we would do a light in a dark room.  Explain how people a long time ago had to pay attention to their 'Bibles' if they wanted to know what to look for when Jesus came.
·         December 2nd
  • Make a tree out of paper (or anything else if you are creative. =) 'Cut' it down to the stump.  Talk about if the tree will grow back into a big fruitful tree.  Then have a branch grow up from it and have the child glue 'fruit' onto it.  Explain (to your child's ability) how Jesus came from David/Jesse's line and was like a shoot that came up out of a stump.
·         December 5th
  • Sid the Science Kid 'Cave of Darkness'  In the dark 'cave' can you see anything? Do you know where anything is or about anything?  What if you have a flashlight? Jesus makes us be able to ‘see’ things clearly and know how to do things. Explain how Jesus is a light in the darkness.
·         December 6th
  • Look at different signs.  What do they tell you?  The people were able to look forward to great hope by looking and waiting for the sign.
·         December 7th
  • Color map of Israel.  Point out Bethlehem.  Find Israel on a map.
  December 8th -
  • Color a cross while listening to the reading.   Explain in Isaiah 53 how Jesus was sent so that he could die for us.
·         December 9th
  • Set up an obstacle course for your children.  Then have child push away the obstacles and go through the course again and see how much easier it is.  Your children could even shout "Make ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight!" While they are clearing away the obstacles.  Explain that this is why John the Baptist was sent.

Check back throughout the week to see more details on how we did each activity.  To see the entire list of verses we are using and breakdown of the weeks, click here.  Also, I'd love to know if you are doing this along with us!  Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any other ideas for celebrating Advent.

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  1. Thank you SO much for sharing this! I'm absolutely going to be stopping by - this was a blessing for me today! Can't wait to share this with my littles :)

  2. Jenn, I am thrilled that you are finding this useful! I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to ask if you have any questions or want any other resources I may have but didn't link to.

  3. Oh I LOVE this! You have such fun activities planned for each scripture! I can't wait to see what else you post!!
    Beth (TGIF) =-)

  4. I also shared this with my Facebook readers -!/pages/Living-Life-Intentionally/261252997248957 (I didn't want to wait so people could use it TODAY!!)
    Beth =-)

  5. Beth, I really appreciate that, thank you!

  6. Wow! That is a lot of great activities. Thanks for sharing with Monday Madness.

  7. Me again =-) I just wanted to let you know I also featured this wonderful way to keep CHRISTmas focused where it should at TGIF Linky Party - Come on over and grab an I was Featured button & link up what you've been doing this week!
    Beth =-)


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