This book stands as an accompaniment to the picture book, "Is It Time Yet?: A Family Advent Journey" and includes all the resources you'll need to make the most of your family worship time during the month of December.
In this book, you'll find 25 days of family worship ideas teaching the Biblical storyline and pointing to the truth that Jesus came at just the right time. You'll also find printable advent calendars and other crafts to help your children stay focused and anticipatory in the lead up to Christmas.
NOTE: THIS BOOK IS FREE WITH THE PURCHASE OF AN "IS IT TIME YET?" PICTURE BOOK. IF YOU BUY THE BOOK, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY THIS GUIDE.
Some families (or churches) may choose to use this guide without the purchase of the book. On its own, it is 25 short lessons that walk through the storyline of the Bible from creation to cross and could b beneficial to any church or family wanting to ground their children in the gospel story.
How to use this resource:
Each day, choose a time when your children (and you) are at your best. For many families, this would be dinner time or immediately after dinner. With younger children, you may find that breakfast time or mid-morning works best for them. Or, what may work best for your family is to spread the activities out throughout the day, maybe reading the story at breakfast, doing the activities in the afternoon, and reading and discussing the Bible passage after dinner.
The icon on the top of each page matches the icon on the ribbons on each page in the storybook to help you stay on track throughout the month.
Here are the sections that you'll find in the worship guide:
- Read: This is the Scripture text that the story for the day is based on. Just as we read in Acts 17 about the Bereans studying the Scripture to make sure what they were hearing was right, we want to encourage kids to be in the Bible and see/ hear the Word for themselves. On days when the story covers large passages, you may choose to read portions instead of the whole passage for the sake of time.
- Discussion Questions: 2-4 questions designed to help children think about the story/ text they just read and to spark discussion. Some are observation questions straight from the story and others are more interpretation type questions.
- Look at the Picture: This section serves 2 purposes. (1) It's a chance to carefully study the picture in the book and discuss the shadows/ hints of Jesus that are seen in the picture and (2) on some days it includes an activity to help cement big truths from the story, like defining big words, etc.
- Younger Child Activity: These activities are geared to ages 2/3 up to 7. They are usually more active or hands-on and require little or no reading or writing. Most days you'll find a game or a simple art/ craft idea to help teach the story for the day, with the occasional Scripture passage for you to read and talk about.
- Older Child Activity: These activities age geared to ages 8- 11/12. They will often have kids reading and discussing different Scripture passages. The discussions in these activities lead to more personal application and deeper thought.