Table Talk I Week of December 7

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned “Jesus is born.” Jesus wasn’t born in a fancy palace or even in a nice hospital. He wasn’t surrounded by famous or important people. Jesus was born in a simple stable with only His mother, father, and some animals around, but that doesn’t make His birth any less wonderful! The news that Jesus is born is worth celebrating! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Mary gave birth to a very special baby. What was his name? (Jesus)
Question 2: Where was Jesus born? (in a stable)
Question 3: Jesus’ birth might not have seemed very special, but He is special because He is God’s Son! Why did God give us His Son, Jesus? (because He loves us; to be our friend forever)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about trusting God to be in control. When God sent Jesus to earth, He proved how much He loves us. When we grasp just how huge His love for us is, we can trust Him with every little detail of our lives. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: How does Jesus’ birth demonstrate God’s great love for us?
Question 2: God loves and cares for us more than anything else He created. How does that help you trust Him?
Question 3: What is one way you can work on trusting God more? (e.g., asking Him to help you overcome a fear, choosing not to be anxious about something that is bothering you, believing He can help you overcome a difficult circumstance, etc.)


Quest :: Week of December 7

This month, we celebrate the beautiful gift of Jesus. We want preschoolers to say again and again, “God gave us Jesus.” We want it to live deep within their hearts so they grow to trust that God loves them so much that He gave them His one and only Son, Jesus, to be their friend forever. May we all pause under our own starry, starry night this year and remember the wonder of what we are celebrating — God gave us Jesus.

This week, we learned about the time Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.

While you drive this week, encourage your child to look for star decorations. (e.g., house decorations, store fronts, city buildings, park decorations, etc.) Play a game where every time you see a star, everyone has to say, “God gave us Jesus!”


Motion :: Week of December 7

Let’s celebrate the whole Christmas season by talking about who God is. As kids learn who God is, they trust His marvelous plan, love others without exception, and live for Jesus.

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show and took a look at John 3:16, to learn that God loves us, and we can trust Him no matter what.

God loves US more than anything else He created. In fact, He loves us so much that He came up with a drastic plan to make sure we could spend eternity with Him even though we don’t deserve it.

Because we sin — we do wrong things — we deserve to die. But God sent His own Son to die in our place. That’s how much He loves us. When we truly realize how much He loves us, we can trust Him with every little detail of our lives.

At bedtime this week, read John 3:16 and pray together. Pray your child will understand just how much God loves them. Pray that this Christmas season, they will experience what it means to adore God back!

Curriculum from Life.Church

Safari :: Week of December 7

WE’RE LEARNING… God gave us Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus is Born I Luke 2:1-7

During the worship experience this weekend, we sang a song to remind us that God gave us Jesus. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

God Gave Us (to the tune, “Jingle Bells”)

God gave us,
God gave us,
God gave us His Son.
God loves me and you so much,
He gave His Son to us.

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Great job! Who gave us Jesus?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God gave us Jesus!”


Motion :: December Parent Cue Article

Traditions are important for families because they provide opportunities to keep your family legacy going. From the simple to the silly to the sentimental, traditions can create meaningful memories. Don’t hesitate to try out some new traditions this Christmas season and see what works and what doesn’t for your own family. You just may create a new tradition that will keep going for generations! If you are looking for some ideas in the search for new Christmas traditions, consider the following:

1. Try an annual extended-family get-together. Sometime around Christmas gather the extended family together at someone’s home or restaurant and hang out with one another.

2. Watch Christmas movies. Throughout the Christmas season, gather the kids together and enjoy your favorite Christmas movies. Two of my own personal favorites: It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.

3. Attend a Christmas Eve service. If your church doesn’t have a Christmas Eve service, you can probably find one going on somewhere in your community. This is a great way to focus your family’s perspective on the true meaning of Christmas!

4. Start traditions with Christmas Eve/Christmas Day meals. For example, at the Burns’ home, it’s always Chinese food on Christmas Eve.

5. Letters to Jesus. Before opening your Christmas presents, write thank-you letters to Jesus. Collect them and make them available every Christmas. Keep adding new letters annually. Here’s one rule to make this tradition work well: family members can only read the thank-you letters they have written.

6. Live out an annual family version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. First identify a friend, relative, or neighbor to receive all the “gifts.” Then create a unique gift for each day of the song (i.e., five golden rings could be five glazed donuts) and place the gifts on the recipient’s front porch.

7. Bake and decorate homemade Christmas cookies. Allow everyone in the family to participate if they want. Everyone should be able to request their favorite kind of cookie.

8. Sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas Day. After all, it is Jesus’ birthday that we celebrate.

9. Read the Christmas story from Luke 2. Whether you open your gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, try having someone from your family read the Christmas story out loud before opening gifts.

10. Go to the movies on Christmas Day. Gather the troops and head off to the local movie theater. You’ll probably get good seats!

11. Drive around looking at Christmas lights. Sometime during the Christmas season, load the family up in the car and drive around looking at Christmas lights. This is an activity you might want to combine with attending a Christmas Eve service.

12. Go Christmas caroling. Take a walk around your immediate neighborhood and stop at homes and sing Christmas carols.

13. Visit a nursing home. There are usually a lot of lonely people living in nursing homes – especially during the Christmas season. Prepare some Christmas cookies and take your family to visit a nursing home—and spread the love of Jesus to sick and elderly people.

14. Help at a food bank or soup kitchen. Try spending Christmas day helping the needy at a local food bank or soup kitchen. You never know, your kids may never want to spend Christmas day at home again!

15. Celebrate your family’s ethnic heritage(s). Sometime during the Christmas season, prepare a family meal(s) that celebrates your family’s ethnic heritage. This is a great way to connect with your family roots – especially if you don’t regularly focus on this throughout the year.

16. Secret Santa. As a family, select one person you know who is lonely, needy, or just needs some extra encouragement. Purchase or create a special gift for this person. Then on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning, get the family up out of bed, bundle up, grab some cookies and hot cocoa, pile into the family car, and drive the gift over to the person’s home. Sneak the gift onto the front porch and include an attached card that reads, “From your Secret Santa.”

17. Holiday memory journal or scrapbook. Purchase or make a holiday journal or scrapbook. Have everyone in the family contribute by recording memories of the holiday season. Keep adding to the journal/scrapbook annually. This provides a wonderful way to look back over Christmases gone by.

18. Ice skating on Christmas Eve – day. Many people get off from work early on Christmas Eve. Gather the family and head out to an ice rink or local (frozen!) pond for some time on the ice. It’s a great way to spend some family time and it keeps the kids active and helps them not to over-obsess on the presents under the tree back home.

19. Attend a local community Christmas event. This tradition can really take hold if the community holds the same event annually.

20. Try a New Year’s Eve event. Whether it is a neighborhood get-together, a party with friends and family, or a special church event, ringing in the New Year together as a family can create great memories

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