Tag Archive: christmas

Nov 21

Happy Thanksgiving and Thank you!

We have spent a lot of time this month focusing on thankfulness, gratitude, and recognizing how richly we have been blessed. It started with Operation Christmas Child, and a special chapel service in which each cottage sent a child up (one at a time) to select items for a gift they prepared together for a …

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Oct 23

Helping Samantha this holiday season

The holidays are almost upon us again! This time of year can be wonderful for children – filled with magical moments, time with loved ones, and treasured traditions. But the holidays can also be a difficult time, especially for children like Samantha. At seven, she was sexually molested by someone close to her. Taken from …

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Sep 28

Would you consider Change for Children? FREE object lessons for Advent!

Once again, I would like to make available to you and your church free Advent children’s object lessons! While written primarily for a Children’s Sermon format, these object lessons could be used in a Sunday school setting, youth group, or even as sermon illustrations! None of the lessons are dependent on Change for Children (CFC) …

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Dec 05

What happens when the holidays don’t meet our expectations?

While far from ideal, my childhood provided me with great memories of the holidays. I recall special days of decorating cookies with my Aunt Shirley, sharing a bowl of homemade Chex mix with my Grandpa Haughee while watching football, candlelight services at church, and special meals where family came together. We were a firmly entrenched …

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Nov 18

Operation Christmas Child 2016: Learning Empathy, Giving to Others

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Recently we participated in Operation Christmas Child with the help of staff members who helped donate items for the annual event. The children had the opportunity to put together gift boxes for children in various places around the world. We spoke about how this gift might be the first gift some of these children would …

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Nov 16

A thank you to our supporters: FREE ADVENT MATERIALS!!

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By Otets at lb.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16297772 Once again, I would like to make available to you and your church free Advent children’s object lessons! While written primarily for a Children’s Sermon format, these object lessons could be used in a Sunday school setting, youth group, or even as sermon illustrations! Though written as …

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Dec 21

Angels point the way! An object lesson for Christmas Eve

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Objects needed: An angel ornament, or picture of an angel Theme/Main Idea: Just as the angels announced the good news of Jesus birth to the shepherds, we can tell others about why we really celebrate Christmas. There are plenty of people out there that don’t really know, and we can point them to Jesus! Presentation: …

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Dec 14

“Jumping for Joy!” An object lesson for the 4th Sunday of Advent

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Objects needed: A jump rope. Theme/Main Idea: God keeps his promises, and that should cause us to jump for joy! Presentation: “Have you ever been so happy that it was hard to hold it in? Yes? What are some of the reasons you have had to be happy? [let children share] Wow! Those are great …

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Dec 08

Where is the fruit? An object lesson for the 3rd week of Advent

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Objects needed: A piece of fruit, or several different fruits. Theme/Main Idea: What we do to help others shows that on the inside something has changed. Just as a good tree bears good fruit, we want people to see the “fruit” from our lives and see that it’s because God has changed our hearts! Presentation: …

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Dec 03

“Preparing the Way” An object lesson for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Objects needed: A piece of red fabric that could be “rolled out” like a red carpet. Theme/Main Idea: When someone important is coming, we prepare. At certain special events, we “roll out the red carpet,” either figuratively or literally. How are we preparing for Jesus this season? Presentation: “I have a question for you this …

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