Preparing for Advent: Luke 3:1-6

I am sure that by now you are starting to think about preparing for Christmas, right?  In the church, the season that comes before Christmas is called Advent, the time that we prepare and wait for the advent of Jesus, both at Christmas and at the end of time.  This Advent, Family God Time will be making a nativity of three ability levels each week during the season.  Because it is a longer term project, we thought that this week might be a good time to gather supplies and prepare for the season of preparation!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to prepare for your coming at Christmas.  Help our time to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Luke 3:1-6

Read this story in your Bible, or you can find it here:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+3%3A1-6&version=ERV

John the Baptist is Jesus’ cousin.  His job was to prepare the people for Jesus.  What are some things that you as a family are preparing as you look forward to Christmas?  Are you focused on Jesus, or something else?  For more about a holy way to celebrate Advent, check out this youtube video by the Advent Conspiracy:

 

Activity:  Preparing to Make Nativity Sets

During Family God Time, we will be looking forward to the coming of Jesus by making a nativity set together.  A nativity set is a group of figures that tell us the story of Jesus’ birth.  As a family, look at the pictures below and decide which type of nativity set you want to make together.  Then, gather the supplies that you will need as your activity this week.  Don’t make the set this week: Advent is also about anticipation, so wait until next week for the next set of instructions to begin your work!

Nativity Supplies List (Pick 1 to do with your family)

TP Nativity: (Easy-level of difficulty-anyone can do it!)

TP Nativity.jpg

Coloring Templates:  TP Nativity 1TP Nativity 2

Print the PDF file on regular copy paper, making sure that you have the orientation as “portrait” and the “scale to fit” box unchecked.

Coloring utensils

Scissors

9 empty toilet paper rolls (we have some at church for you to use)

1 empty paper towel roll

-or- 2 empty wrapping paper rolls

(you could get 2 rolls at the dollar store, unwrap them and store the paper wrapped around another roll)

Crystal Clear Packing Tape

Empty Cardboard Box

 

Stone Nativity: (Medium-level of difficulty due to coloring)

Stone Nativity.jpg

Coloring Template:  Stone Nativity

Print the PDF file on regular copy paper, making sure that you have the orientation as “portrait” and the “scale to fit” box unchecked.

Coloring Utensils (fine point)

Scissors

13 river stones (we have some at church for you to use)

Mod Podge Glue

½” width paint brush

Shredded paper

A basket or a bowl (preferably borrowed, like Jesus’ cradle!)

 

Block Nativity: (Hard-level of difficulty/time)

Block Nativity.jpg

Coloring template:  Block Nativity

Print the PDF file on regular copy paper, making sure that you have the orientation as “landscape” and the “scale to fit” box unchecked.

Coloring utensils

Scissors

1- 8 ft. 2 x 4 cut into 12- 7 in. sections

(glue 2 together for donkey)

(cut one into 3- 2.25 in. sections for 2 sheep and 1 star)

Sandpaper

Wood stain

Mod Podge

1 in. paint brush

A stable

–You will have to begin your work on this set this week.  Make sure that the blocks are cut, sand them and stain them this week.  Don’t underestimate the abilities of your kids in this process; they may be little carpenters in the making!

Song:  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

This is one of the oldest songs that we have in church.  It reminds us of all the reasons that Jesus needs to come to our world.  You can listen to an acoustic version here:

Sing along on the chorus this week:

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith this Advent!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)

Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family.  Bless us as we prepare for Jesus’ coming at Christmas.  Amen.

 

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