Winter Family Faith Formation – January 10
Join us each week as a family to celebrate the New Year with stories of the life of Jesus!
Pick from watching our Welcome Videos, Worship Together, Reading the Bible, Talk About It, Family Activities, Pray Together and Bless Each Other – or do them all!
Start by picking a Welcome Video from Miss Leah for Grades 1-4
or Miss Renee for littles-Kindergartners or watch both!
Share in some faith practices of worship together!
Shine a Light: Light a candle or find a flashlight. Take turns saying, “Jesus is the light of the world!”
Sing Together: This Little Light of Mine, We Three Kings, or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or all 3!
Make an Offering: How will you make an offering today?
Read the Bible Together
Read this week’s God’s Great Story in the children’s Bible for you child’s age.
Spark Story Bible – Wise Men pg 204
Bible – Matthew 2:1-12
Talk About It!
Have fun asking question for all your family members!
Have you ever made a long trip? How did you travel? Where were you going? How did you know where to go?
The Magi in the story studied the stars, and they trusted the star was leading them to a new king. They asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Even though the Magi were not Jewish, even though they were strangers from far away, they knew that Jesus was for them. Jesus is for you. Jesus is for the world.
Dig Deeper: Read this article and look at the pictures to find out more about how Epiphany (Three Kings’ Day) is celebrated around the world. In some countries, Epiphany is bigger than Christmas! https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a34715827/three-kings-day-celebration/
Note that the article refers frequently to the three wise men named Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. This is based on tradition, not scripture. The Bible does not actually mention how many Magi there were, nor were they named.
Family Activity Choices
Pick activities to do together! Supplies are provided in our Monthly At-Home Kits you picked up at our drive thru events or ask to have delivered to your home.
Activity 1: Color the star Color the beautiful star in your Faith Formation kit. You can also download and print it or draw your own star.
Activity 2: Follow the star Take turns hiding a baby Jesus figure (or another doll or figure). Attach the star to a ruler or a popsicle stick. Use the star to lead others to find the baby. Make it harder for older kids by playing hot/cold.
“Dear God, You are my guiding star of truth and love. Help me reflect your truth and love. Help me show others that Jesus is for the world. Amen.”
Bless Each Other
At the end of your time, give each other a special blessing to remember one of God’s promises.
Stretch out your arms and legs into star pose and say “You shine the way to God’s love!”