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. A Stories, Colors, & More color pack is included with the Leader’s Guide additional packs may be ordered separately.
The winter quarter begins, as December often does, with Advent, a time to hear about and prepare for the coming of Jesus. This Advent begins with the voice of Isaiah sharing God’s message of hope, a light to those who walk in darkness. As we move week by week toward the celebration of Jesus’ birth, we, too, hear a message of hope and comfort for a world seeking peace. The story of Jesus’ birth is made known, and wise ones seek him, bringing gifts and worshiping him. Then, in order to protect Jesus, God leads Joseph and his young family to safety. We celebrate baptism and its claim on our lives as we hear of Jesus’ baptism and God’s blessing upon Jesus as beloved son. Jesus knows that what he needs to do is a big task, so he finds help. He calls people to follow him. And they do. They drop everything and follow Jesus. The rest of the quarter spends time in the book of Matthew hearing more of Jesus’ teachings and parables.
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.