This week in CoaH Kids

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW! We recently purchased new bibles for use in CoaH Kids (Pre-K - 5th grades). These bibles are produced by the same company that makes the Gospel Project, the curriculum we use in CoaH Kids. This is a great addition to our curriculum because these bibles have the same pictures, questions and weekly theme integrated in with the scriptural text . Here's a link for additional information about these new bibles. Looking for a great kids' bible to use at home?  This would be a great resource to have so you can follow along with our curriculum during the week!

Christmas Eve Service: There will not be childcare available at the Christmas Eve Service. However, there will be a room available for you to take your kids to play if they are unable to last the entire service.

January 1st: On New Year's Sunday we will be having one service at 11am. This will be Family Worship Sunday which means your older children will sit in the service during the singing and listen to a "mini" message geared for their age level. Then the children will be dismissed with CoaH Kids servants and will join their parents again during the songs at the end of the service . Nursery is available for children ages 0-3 years. 

Reminder: Please send your kids into CoaH Kids ready to worship. Please make sure they've eaten breakfast and have used the restroom. Do not send your child into CoaH Kids while they are actively eating a bagel (or any other food/snack). All food must be consumed before entering the theater or music room under the supervision of the child's parents. We will give a snack and have a bathroom break at some point during CoaH Kids but individual kids eating and using the bathroom during worship or the lesson is disruptive. We want everyone to be able to fully participate when they are checked into CoaH Kids. Thanks!

 

NURSERY

9AM Nursery: Children ages 0 -1 yrs old are welcome to come play in the nursery at this service. There is a separate class for 2 - 3 yr olds during this service. We provide cheerios for children over age 1 (unless specified by parents) and we try to spend a little bit of time reading the Bible story books. 

11AM Nursery: Children ages 0-3 yrs old are welcome to come play in the nursery at this service. We provide cheerios during Bible story reading time for children 1 yr and older!

 ***IMPORTANT*** We have severe allergies in our nursery-aged kids. Only cheerios are give as a snack to children ages 1 years+. If your child cannot have cheerios, we will make an exception but feed him/her separately from the group. If possible, please bring a labelled water cup for your child to use during the nursery. If you've forgotten a label, the check-in coordinator would be happy to print out a label for you!

 

2 - 3 YEAR OLDS

December Memory Verse: "Every good and perfect gift is from above."  James 1:17

December Theme: We love Jesus! The birth of Jesus from Luke 1:26-2:20 & Matthew 2:1-12

From the parent take-home page:  Show your child nativity pictures. Talk to him about the birth of Jesus. You many even want to encourage your child to express affection for baby Jesus. For example, show your child a picture of baby Jesus and say, “I love you, baby Jesus!”  

Show your child pictures of the wise men and baby Jesus. Talk to your child about how happy the men were to see Jesus.

Make statements professing love for Jesus throughout the day. For example, “I love daddy. I love sister. And I love Jesus!” or “We love grandma. We love grandpa. We love Jesus most!”

Pray: Thank you God for sending Jesus. Tell Jesus that you love Him.

 

PRE-K - 5TH GRADE

This Week's Story is from: Luke 2:1-20

Memory Verse: Romans 6:9 "We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him."

Summary: Merry Christmas! Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Today’s Bible story focuses on a pivotal moment in human history. God had promised to send a Messiah to redeem sinners. God had sent angels to announce to Mary and Joseph their special part in His plan. But what about Micah’s prophecy that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem? Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth.

God is in control of all things. Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? God used a pagan emperor to bring about His plan and brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem at just the right time, under just the right circumstances. God’s plan was for Jesus to be born in a manger. Jesus was no ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent in the most humble of circumstances, “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).

While Bethlehem slept, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to shepherds nearby. The Bible says the shepherds were terrified! But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David” (Luke 2:10-11).

The people of Israel were well aware of their need for a Savior. They made sacrifices daily to atone for their sin. Finally, a Savior had come who would be the perfect sacrifice for sin, once and for all. Jesus is also Messiah the Lord. The word Messiah means “anointed one,” especially a king. The Deliverer and Redeemer would be King over His people.

Christ Connection: The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection to provide salvation. Jesus came into the world to save people from their sins and to be our King.

Family Activity Suggestion: Throw a birthday party or baby shower for Jesus. Decorate with balloons or streamers and serve food just like you would for any other party. Discuss what gifts you would bring for Baby Jesus. Take a moment to explain that Jesus was the real gift God sent to save us from our sins. 

Review Questions

Younger Kids

  • Where did Mary and Joseph travel for the census? (to Bethlehem)
  • Big Picture Question: Where was Jesus born? Jesus was born in Bethlehem as God promised.
  • What happened to the shepherds who were taking care of their sheep? (an angel appeared and told them Jesus was born)
  • Where did the shepherds go when the angel spoke to them? (they went to Bethlehem to find Baby Jesus)
  • How did the shepherds feel about finding Baby Jesus? (they were amazed at everything that had happened. They praised God!)

 

Older Kids

  • Who announced that everyone needed to be registered? (Caesar Augustus, Luke 2:1)
  • From what city did Mary and Joseph travel? (Nazareth, Luke 2:4)
  • Where did Mary and Joseph travel for the census? (to Bethlehem, the city of David, Luke 2:4))
  • What happened while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem? (Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, Luke 2:6-7)
  • Where did Mary lay Baby Jesus? (in a manger or feeding trough, Luke 2:7)
  • Who appeared to the shepherds in the fields? (an angel of the Lord, Luke 2:9)
  • Why did the angel appear to the shepherds? (to tell the shepherds about Jesus' birth, Luke 2: 10-12)
  • What did the army of angels do? (they praised God, Luke 2:13)
  • What did the shepherds do when the angels left? (they went to find Jesus in Bethlehem, Luke 2:15)
  • What did the shepherds do when they left Bethlehem? (they told others about Jesus, glorified God, and praised Him, Luke 2:17-18, 20)
  • Big Picture Question: Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to be God's promised Savior!