Advent Candles and a children’s Prayer.
During Advent, many congregations will count down to Christmas using the 4 candle system. Usually they will be Purple or Blue with the Love candle (week 3) often in Pink.
MAKE: your own candle each week, cut an A4 sheet of cardboard in PINK, write this week’s word, JOY in any languages you use or know, or that are used by members in your church community (if you don’t know the right word, ask congregational members to write it for you). Cut a piece of 4cm yellow or orange (or both) of cellophane, crinkle the square, then stuff into the top of the candle.
You can also decorate a paper plate, and place each week’s candle around the plate until Christmas
Or you could purchase and download
https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/advent/products/an-illustrated-advent-wreath?variant=15605449916514$US15, for 5 candles. HINT, Print base on thick paper.
PRAY: (Stand tall with your hands, palms together over your head)
Little candle burning bright
Let us share the JOY
with everyone Today
FIRST READING: Zephaniah 3:14-20
READ/WATCH When I’m Feeling Happy by Trace Moroney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFsPcs1UW3c
SING: https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/product/seeds-of-praise-vol-3/ Song 8
DRAW: A picture of the things that make you happy/joyful
READ: I trust you God (put your hands on your heart)
Even when I’m frightened (shake your body)
I will tell everyone about you (cup your hands like a megaphone around your mouth)
I will sing joyfully about you ( give a little skip)
I will not stay quiet. (run up and down on the spot)
About you God (clasp your hands in front of you and fling them open)
Colour-In: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-winter-2018-2019?variant=13700704632930 Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 12 weeks)
Find or draw a picture of being joyful (try any of the previously mentioned emotion based websites or buy as digital cards at https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-digital-version/
SECOND READING: Philippians 4:4-7
READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lkJ3L3Q52g I will rejoice by Karma Wison, though written around Psalm 118 It’s a good substitute of today a Joy suggestion by http://www.picturebooktheology.com/search?q=joy&updated-max=2017-09-11T09:30:00-05:00&max-results=20&start=6&by-date=false
SING: https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/product/seeds-of-courage-vol-1/# Song 2
DRAW: Those things that make you happy.
PRAY; Thank you God
That you made a world
Where I can find things
That make me happy
(point to the things that make you happy)
GOSPEL READING: Luke 3:7-18
READ: The Lion Picture Bible The Baptism of Jesus pp.240-241
OR The Beginner’s Bible John Baptises Jesus, pp.303- the first sentence of p. 306.
Make: Make a card to share. Take an A4 Sheet longways fold in half
then fold each end into the middle.
It might be a Christmas card or a Thankfulness card. Draw a picture on the front or the inside ( i cut a Christmas tree in mine)
when you are finished cut down the middle,
and you will have 2 cards, one to share and one to keep.
Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.
Read during the Bible readings,
Pray during the prayers,
Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.
Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.
Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,
THAT Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.
Remember that you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.
If you have a bored older child these school holidays you might like to purchase https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/illustrated-worship-resources-winter-2018-2019, which will engage them in all the RCL readings for the week.
TO Do LIST:
You might need to purchase
a paper plate
A4 thick paper
You might need to Print
https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-winter-2018-2019?variant=13700704632930 Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 12 weeks)