Chapel Blog for December
Theme: The Big Give – Think outside the box
GENEROSITY: making someone’s day by giving something away.
Key Verse: They are to do good, to be rich in good works,
to be generous and ready to share. 1 Timothy 6:18
Every good and perfect gift comes from God. In fact, generosity is at the very core of God’s character—He even gave us His own son, Jesus! Jesus showed unwavering generosity as He traded His life for ours. And, because God gave us Jesus and Jesus gave His life, we can be generous towards others. Not only that, but when we are generous towards others, we prove that we love God by loving the people He loves. We pray that this Christmas, as kids celebrate God’s amazing generosity, they’ll see how they can be generous with their family, friends, and neighbors.
Key Question: What do you have to give? Kids don’t immediately know what they have to offer. They don’t have a lot of money, and may not have a lot of stuff either. Thankfully, generosity isn’t just about money and stuff. Kids will discover the heart of generosity and realize that they have more to give then they might have thought.
We start our look at generosity in 1 John 4:9-11 where we discover that generosity starts with God. Because God loved us so much, He sent Jesus to be our savior and make it possible for us to be with God forever.
Bottom Line: Because God gave, I can give. John goes on in this passage and writes, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (ESV). As kids respond to God’s generosity in their own life, we pray they will be generous with their family, friends, and neighbors.
Key Question: What does Christmas mean to you? The Christmas story is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible—even if you didn’t grow up in church. At some point, kids need to decide for themselves if they believe it’s true, and if Christmas is more than the presents and time with family. We pray this will be the Christmas many kids will see Jesus in a new way and decide to put their faith in Him.
It’s Christmas! We head to the familiar story in Luke 2:1-18. While people expected a new king born in a palace, God had other plans in mind. Jesus was born in a place where they kept the animals. No royal robes, not much public fanfare, just Mary and Joseph cuddling Jesus for the first time. God announced His gift to shepherds helping us realize that Jesus was a gift for everyone.
Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus. Kids will get the chance to celebrate Jesus, God’s most generous gift. They’ll discover why God sent Jesus for us, as well as, what that means for how they show generosity to the people in their life.
Taken from 252 Basics
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!!!!
This time of year is so exciting for our students! We have planned many fun activities for them. Please note these dates and the requested items at the bottom. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thursday, November 30th:
- Kindergarten presents “The Greatest Story Ever Told” in the cafeteria at 6:30pm. Students need to meet in our classrooms at 6:00pm!! The Live Nativity will follow in the courtyard. Please watch the weather and make sure your child comes dressed in clothes warm enough to wear under their costume if it is going to be cold.
Wednesday, December 13th:
- Donated items for Gingerbread Houses are due (see note in red folder). Thank you in advance!
Thursday, December 14th:
- We need parent volunteers to come bright and early to build our Gingerbread houses. If you are able to come and help, please email our room mom(s). If possible, volunteers need to bring a hot-glue gun, hot-glue sticks, an extension cord, and an X-acto knife. Volunteers will meet by our rooms at 8:00am and work until about 10:15ish.
Friday, December 15th:
- Gingerbread houses made with buddy class at 1:30pm in the Kindergarten and 3rd grade classrooms.
Monday, December 18th:
- Polar Express Day-wear your pajamas to school to enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies, and a movie. If a nightgown is worn, please make sure privacy shorts are underneath.
Tuesday, December 19th:
- Class Christmas Party at 8:30am in the classroom. Everyone is invited to party with us!!
- Students may be checked out of school after the party. This is a ½ day for students.
- Our room mom(s) will set up a Sign-Up Genius account for you to select an item to send in. You will receive an email from them with a link attached soon.
We cannot wait to celebrate Christmas with you!
Chapel Blog for November
Theme: Refocus – Know Where to Look!
GRATITUDE: letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.
Key Verse: “… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Gratitude is a response to the character of God
Have you ever paused to think about everything God has done for you? He created a planet that’s perfectly suited for otters and ostriches and you. Then, He sent His Son, Jesus, to that planet to die and be raised to life so He could have a forever relationship with you. Through the month, we’ll help kids refocus on all that God has done for them. Because when you know what God has done for you, YOU CAN BE THANKFUL—ALWAYS!
Key Question: What are you grateful for? We kick off a month on gratitude by helping kids to refocus on their own life and discover reasons they can be thankful. We’re so busy with life that we don’t take the time to pause and notice what God has done for us. We hope kids take the time throughout the year to ask themselves this question.
We start our look at gratitude with Psalm 100:1 where we read, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” God has done so much for us through the gift of Jesus, it’s only fitting that we respond to Him with a heart of gratitude.
Bottom Line: Celebrate what God has done. We hope to give kids and families the opportunity to think about all the ways God has shown them love and faithfulness throughout the year. We want them to get excited and celebrate God’s goodness.
Key Question: What are creative ways to say thank you? Saying thank you doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Kids will discover all sorts of fun ways they can show gratitude to the people in their life.
We will take a look at a powerful story in Luke 17:11-19 about ten lepers who asked Jesus to be healed. But when their skin condition went away, they became so ecstatic about the miracle that they ran off and forgot to say, “thank you.” Only one came back to show his gratitude.
Bottom Line: Say thank you. We want kids to become the sort of people who take the time to go out of their way to show gratitude towards others.
Key Question: What’s keeping you from being thankful? As we continue to talk about how to refocus on what God has done for us, we help kids take a closer look at what gets in the way of gratitude.
Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” There are many times we might not want to give thanks, but our hope in Jesus allows us to be thankful regardless of our circumstances
Bottom Line: Always be grateful. Kids will learn that no matter what is happening in their lives, they can always find a way to say thank you.
Taken from 252 Basics
As I carve my pumpkin, help me say this prayer:
- Open my mind so that I learn about You.
- Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do.
- Open my eyes so Your love I will see.
- I’m sorry for turning up my nose to all You’ve given me.
- Open my ears so Your word I will hear.
- Open my mouth so I can tell others You’re near.
- Let Your light shine in all I say and do!
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven. ~ Matthew 5:16