This week in CoaH Kids
Christmas Eve Service: There will not be childcare available at this 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 CoaH Kids servants will take them out for the duration 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!
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: John 13 - 17
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: This week in The Gospel Project® for Kids, our journey takes us to The Last Supper in John 13–17. Although this is the same event as we focused on last week, this week we are emphasizing Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Our story starts when Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, had approached the religious leaders. (Matt. 26:14-16) For 30 pieces of silver, Judas agreed to betray Jesus. Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, David prophesied the Messiah would be betrayed by a close friend—one who broke bread with Him. (Ps. 41:9) Jesus knew Judas Iscariot’s true motivations from the moment Jesus called him to be a disciple. (John 6:70-71; 13:18-19; 17:12.) Jesus’ death and resurrection was God’s plan from the very beginning. (Acts 2:23)
During the Passover meal on the night He was betrayed, Jesus did something very unusual. Knowing that His death was near, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet—even the feet of Judas. (See John 13:2-11.) Jesus set forth an example of love and humility for His disciples to mirror in their own actions towards each other. (John 13:14-16)
After Judas left to betray Jesus, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him” (John 13:31). He told His disciples He would prepare a place for them (John 14:1-4), promised that the Holy Spirit would come to them (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-14), warned them about the trials they would face as His followers (John 16:1-4,33), and encouraged them through prayer (John 17:9-19). Jesus also prayed for all who would believe the gospel from their testimony. (John 17:20-26) Then Jesus led them to the garden where He was betrayed and arrested.
In the Old Testament, God made a covenant—or promise—with His people. He gave them commandments to follow so they could live in right relationship with Him. God’s people broke the covenant. They didn’t obey God, and they didn’t love Him. Jesus made a new covenant by dying on the cross. He brought forgiveness and made the way for people to know and love God again.
When believers participate in the Lord’s Supper, they remember the last night of Jesus’ life, when He prepared to take God’s wrath upon His sinless shoulders. Believers also proclaim His death and resurrection until He returns for His church, like He promised. (John 17:24; 1 Cor. 11:26)
Christ Connection: At the passover, Jesus shared with the disciples His last meal before His death and resurrection. Jesus washed the disciples' feet, something a lowly servant would do. Jesus showed His love even to His enemies when He washed Judas' feet as well. As sinners, we are all the enemies of God. But God proved His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Family Activity Suggestion: Begin your time with prayer. Review John 13–17. Using a pitcher of water, a bucket, and a towel, wash your family members’ feet. Remind kids that Jesus washed His disciples’ feet at the last supper. There were no paved roads in Jerusalem, and everyone walked everywhere they went. Feet were probably stinky! Normally, the least powerful person in a household would wash feet, but in this story, Jesus, who has the power of God, humbly washed His disciples’ feet.
- What meal did Jesus eat with His friends? (Passover or Last Supper)
- What did Jesus get up from the meal to do? (He washed His disciples’ feet)
- Did Peter want Jesus to wash his feet? (No!)
- Which friend helped the people who hated Jesus? (Judas Iscariot)
- Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus wash His friends’ feet? Jesus showed them how to love and help each other.
- For what meal did Jesus gather His disciples? (the Passover meal, John 13:1)
- Which disciple planned to turn against Jesus? (Judas, John 13:2)
- Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus wash His disciples’ feet? Jesus showed the disciples how to love and serve each other with humility.
- Which disciple did not want Jesus to wash his feet? (Peter, John 13:8)
- What new commandment did Jesus give His disciples? (Love one another as I have loved you, John 13:34-35)