It’s official—the holidays are around the corner. How do I know? Relatives are asking for Christmas lists so they can get their shopping done. The commercials on TV are rolling out their latest toy temptations to get children drooling. Shopping malls and discount stores are selling Christmas decorations so you can beef up your seasonal lawn ornaments and light displays.
With all this Christmas hoopla, it’s easier than ever to lose focus on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. That’s why we want to spend this month talking with our Elementary kids about Generosity: making someone’s day by giving something away.
We hope kids get wrapped up in others as they show them how much God has been so generous toward us. There’s a danger in getting so wrapped up in ourselves or so wrapped up in our things that we miss the essence of this season. There’s just something about giving that reflects the character of God to those around us. Every good thing we have is a gift from Him. But we also know that God’s generosity has a purpose. God gives to us and expects us to do the same for others in return.
Generosity changes us when we learn how to give the way God gives. This month, we’ll look at four great stories from the New Testament that help us understand God’s plan for generosity in our lives.
This week, we get to eavesdrop on a conversation that Jesus had with a rich ruler that Luke recorded in Luke 18:18-25. This man was so wrapped up in his stuff that he couldn’t let go of what didn’t really matter in favor of what mattered most, a relationship with Jesus. Our Bottom Line is: Get wrapped up in what matters most.
Our memory verse is a great reminder for us. “Be rich in good deeds … be generous and willing to share,” 1 Timothy 6:18. Many times, we think that our ability to be generous is connected to our stuff. However, being rich really isn’t defined by how much we have or collect, or how many presents we get. We’re not generous because we are rich; rather, we are rich because we are generous. This month, we hope that kids will discover what it really means to be rich—to let God’s generosity show up in their lives and help them get wrapped up in others.*
For preschoolers,we are sharing THE BESTEST NEWS EVER. You know what the bestest news ever is? That God sent us His Son, Jesus, on that very first Christmas day. Yes, THE CHRISTMAS STORY is truly the bestest news ever.
We’re going to have a great time this year sharing the Christmas story with our preschool friends. Each week, they will be introduced to a section of a fun rhyme so that by the end of the month they will be able to share the entire Christmas story with anyone and everyone they meet. Imagine it: Every preschooler in your church knowing the Christmas story. That truly would be the bestest thing ever.
We started last week with the story of how the angel came and told Mary she was going to have a special baby named Jesus. This week, Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to find no room in the inn, and Baby Jesus is born in a stable. Our team will be praying for you to have moments filled with wonder with your preschooler this Christmas while learning more about and growing closer to the God who loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.
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Here’s our lessons for this Sunday:
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