With the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany we are entering some of the most exciting days of the Christian year. Children can see the signs around them that announce that Christmas is approaching: decorations in stores, community parades, increased advertising on television, special school assemblies, and seasonal craft sales and other events. Their time with their church community helps remind them that we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time of watching and waiting.
Through the Advent scripture readings, we will explore the announcement of John the Baptizer’s birth to Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:68–79), the ministry of John (Luke 3:7–18), and Mary’s joy as she waits for Jesus’ birth (Luke 1:39–45). Take some time during this holiday season to explore the stories of Jesus’ birth and the journey of the magi in the first chapters of the gospels of Luke and Matthew.
In the Season after the Epiphany (epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “to reveal”) we will be reading stories about Jesus and his ministry from the gospels of Luke and John. In this season children will explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus and the ways in which they can shine the light of God’s love in the world. We encourage you to discuss with your child what was explored in the elementary room.Many of the stories this season can inspire great mealtime conversations.
Many children want to be involved in doing something to make the world better. The Season after the Epiphany (January 6–March 3) might be a time when your family could participate in service or outreach projects in our church or community.
These seasons include busy days for families, as schedules and routines change to accommodate school breaks and special church and community activities. We will be praying for each child in the group, and for each family, that the blessings of these seasons will be abundant. We invite you to include us in your prayers too. We wish you a blessed Advent, a joyous Christmas, and fulfillment in the coming year.
- Redemption Church