Product Description Leader’s guide includes weekly session plans, resource pages, and colorful, helpful tips for teachers. Biblical background information helps your leader feel confident teaching the stories of the Bible with children. Also included in the leader’s guide are supply lists, extra activities, and suggestions for adapting activities for children with special needs.
Advent begins with the prophet Micah’s promise of peace in the coming of the Promised One. God’s grace is poured out to Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and the world as we, in turn, respond in gratitude for God’s gift.
Through the stories of Luke, we are introduced to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry as he is baptized by John in the Jordan River and then is tempted in the desert for forty days. In his synagogue appearance at Nazareth, Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 to announce the beginning of his ministry. Then Jesus calls people to follow him, and they do. Men and women, youth and children, hear the good news proclaimed. They hear of God’s way of living, and they want to know more. Jesus offers a new way to live, God’s way, a way that is loving, forgiving, and giving.
Series DescriptionGrowing in Grace & Gratitude is our quarterly denominational curriculum for children ages 3–10. Children see God’s grace in the biblical narrative and in our world today. The curriculum provides age appropriate opportunities for responses of gratitude through claiming, celebrating, praying and offering. There is diversity in learning as well as support for leaders to adapt lessons for children with special needs. Coloring illustrations accompany each Bible story to engage children visually. Each session will embrace children in the grace of God through engagement with the Bible that echoes reformed worship: gathering in God’s grace, responding in gratitude, and loving and serving God.