Week 1 – November 30/December 1
Bible Story: We kick off December with some Old Testament prophesies found in Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 53:8, and Micah 5:2. The story of Christmas begins with promises God made long before. God’s people had been waiting for hundreds of years, but all of that was about to change. We take a look at important promises that pointed to Jesus.
Bottom Line: You can have joy because God keeps His promises. Sometimes it’s hard to find joy in the middle of a tough situation. Thankfully, when we look through the Bible, we can see that God has always been at work. Knowing that God faithfully kept His promises in the past can give us joy knowing that He’ll be with us in the future.
Key Question: What’s the difference between joy and happiness? As kids grow into their preteen years, they will start to wonder how they can be happy even when life isn’t going well. We want them to start thinking about how they can choose joy no matter what is happening in their life. We pray this question will get them thinking about how they can trust God to give them joy.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for December 7/8) “That’s because what God says will always come true.” Luke 1:37, NIrV
Week 2 – December 7/8
Bible Story: We continue the story of Christmas in Luke 1:26-56. The Messiah had been promised for generations, but no one would have guessed that God would use a young woman to bring that promise to fulfilment—including that young woman herself. Mary was awestruck when the angel came to announce that she was about to have a child who would be the Savior of the world. She found joy, trusting that God was up to something bigger than she could have possibly imagined.
Bottom Line: You can have joy because God is with you. Our circumstances do not have to determine how joyful we feel. We may not be happy about what is happening, but joy goes beyond happiness as it is rooted in our trust that God will carry us through whatever we face.
Key Question: What are some ways to find joy when you’re afraid? Some the most difficult times to find joy are in those moments when we are scared of what might happen next. We hope that as kids discover more about joy, they’ll figure out how they can choose joy no matter what they face.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for December 14/15) “God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.” Ephesians 3:20, NIrV
Week 3 – December 14/15
Bible Story: In Luke 2:1-20, we read that God didn’t announce Jesus’ birth to kings or government officials. Rather, He sent an angel choir to announce this news to a bunch of shepherds on a hillside. The shepherds ran to find Jesus, where they worshipped Him. They were so full of joy that made sure to tell everyone what they saw when they left.
Bottom Line: You can have joy because God sent His Son. Christmas is the perfect time to talk about joy. God’s people had waited so long for God to send the Savior. When Jesus was born, the shepherds knew they need to celebrate big. We pray that the kids in DV will do the same when they remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
Key Question: What’s the best part of Christmas this year? No matter what is happening at home, Christmas can be a joyful experience because God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Because preteens might have a hard time seeing why they can be joyful, we start with a question that gets them thinking about the great things that might happen during Christmas this year.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for December 28/29) “She is going to have a son. You must give him the name Jesus. That’s because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21, NIrV
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11, NIrV
Week 4 – December 21/22
This week please enjoy the service as a family! Make sure to check out your GodTime pack for a fun activity page to do all week long.
Week 5 – December 28/29
Bible Story: In Matthew 2:1-12, we see how the announcement of Jesus’ birth was far-reaching. Wise men from the East saw a star that set them on an adventure to find a promised King of Israel. When they finally found Jesus, they worshipped Him as king. God protected Jesus and the Wise Men from Herod’s plot to kill Jesus.
Bottom Line: You can find joy when you search for God. When we believe that Jesus is the promised One sent from God to rescue us from our sins, we become part of God’s story. That story isn’t something we can keep to ourselves. It’s a story we need to share with everyone.
Key Question: How can you find joy all year long? Joy isn’t something we need to only find during the Christmas season. God offers joy to us each and every day. Sometimes kids just aren’t sure where to start. We pray that kids discover how they can choose joy as they grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for January 5/6) “When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The wise men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11, NIrV
This Month’s Memory Verse
Be sure to check out this month’s memory verse! Get started now in helping your child learn the verse and have them say it for their small group leader on the weekend.
Parents, want to know more about your child at every phase of life? There’s an app for that! It’s called ParentCue, and it will give you specific development information for each of your kids.
You’ll also find all the information that your child is learning in DV, including the weekly Bible story videos. Head to the app store and download the FREE app today. Don’t miss out!
GodTime Packs are available each month and are a tool to assist parents as they help their child have “God Time” each week. Here’s how: There are four different devotions on each GodTime Pack. Each one is designed to be done on a different day. Click HERE to see this month’s GodTime Pack!
A Widget is a cool, concrete, take-home item for families to use. This item is given to elementary students each month. It will aid in reminding them what is taught in DV on the weekend and assist in the retention of the Bible lessons as kids grow in Christ. Click HERE to see December’s Widget!
This month we’re singing: It’s Christmas, Joy to the World, Born is the King, Alive, I Will Follow, and All Because of Jesus in DV. You can find them, plus additional DV worship songs, HERE.