Year 1, Winter: Lesson 4
Hello parents! We now have free coloring books available for children who remain in the gathering with their family. Available at the Kids check-in desk.
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus is the promised savior
Birth of Jesus. Isaiah 9v1–2, 6–7; Luke 2. Jesus is born.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Remember & celebrate
Festival of First Fruits: Celebrating God as Trustworthy
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
The Festival of First Fruits marked the beginning of the spring harvest.
In the New Testament, the Festival of First Fruits was fulfilled by the resurrection of the Messiah.
The Israelites celebrated seven annual feasts and festivals: Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Festival of First Fruits, Feast of Harvest, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths).
During the feasts, the Israelites ate, danced, sang, played instruments, prayed, and offered sacrifices to God.
Connect as a family
Sometime this week, set aside an evening to remember and celebrate as a family. Just as the Israelite celebrations revolved around a feast, create a “feast” for your family: eat ice cream, make milkshakes, get French fries, build a fire and roast marshmallows, etc. Then read Psalm 65. Spend some time remembering what God has done in the life of your family.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What are some of the ways God has blessed our family?
For what are you most thankful?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God is trustworthy into your everyday life as a family.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may our trustworthy God bring you peace, comfort, and joy this week! He loves you and can always be trusted with all of your needs.