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ELEMENTARY KIDS & FAMILIES

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This resource is designed to allow your family to have time in God’s Word BEFORE your children attend church. Because God’s plan is for parents to be the primary spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith, we want YOU to be the one to introduce this part of The Big God Story to them. For additional support in spiritual parenting and to learn more about creating transforming environments in your home, be sure to pick up HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource from your church or download at HomeFrontMag.com. You can also access the HomeFront app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

God Has Come Part of The Big God Story Isaiah 7:14; 9:1–7; Luke 1:26–56

An angel visits Mary to tell her she will give birth to the Son of God.

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ime. Pray together as a Gather on your bed just before bedt the year and the chance of time family and thank God for this d Luke 1:26–38. Talk to to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Rea g and incredible it must risin surp how t abou ren your child l in her house. Ask them have been for Mary to see an ange like and how they might been have to imagine what it might . have felt if an angel had visited them

Younger Kids

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• God promised to send the Messiah even when His people weren’t faithful to Him. • When Isaiah told King Ahaz that Jesus would come, Isaiah called Jesus Immanuel, which means “God with us.” • God was faithful to fulfill all of the promises of the Old Testament—but He did so in an unexpected way. • After the angel visited Mary, Mary was so moved that she worshipped God through a beautiful song we refer to now as the Magnificat.

Remember Verse for the environment of FAITH COMMUNITY For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Your child is developing a greater ability to resolve conflict without seeking the help of adults. Continue to encourage your child to practice healthy conflict, and only step in when absolutely necessary.

Older Kids Your child is aware of how his behavior and actions impact those around him. Continue to promote kindness and generosity as values in your home to encourage healthy relationships.

Teachable Moments After reading Scripture, discuss the following together: • How does it make you feel to know God kept His promise to send His Son to be with us? • Why do you think it matters that God brought Jesus into the world just like He said He would? • How do you think we should celebrate God coming to be with us?

Blessing For more information about blessing your child see the Blessing section in HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource.

A blessing to pray over your child: [Child’s name], may you feel joy in the knowledge that God remembers His saving promises. May you celebrate God sending His Son, Jesus. © 2013 David C Cook. TruResources are developed in partnership with ROCKHARBOR Church and a national network of family and children’s ministry leaders. All rights reserved.

Grades 1-5 December 8, 2013  

This preteaching tool for parents encourages families to spend time in God’s Word together before children arrive at church.

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