Hey BridgeKids Families!
Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? Did it just so happen that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem—the very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born? (Micah 5:2) God is in control of all things, which He showed by using a pagan emperor to bring about His plan.
Open your Bibles to Matthew 2:1-12 & Luke 2:1-20. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how after Jesus was born, Mary laid Him in a manger. A king in a manger! It was so unlikely. But Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent in the most humble of positions, “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).
Imagine the shepherds’ surprise when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared. The Bible says that they were terrified! But the angel brought them “good news of great joy.” (See Luke 2:10-11.) The people of Israel were well aware of their need for a Savior. They made sacrifices daily to atone for their sin. Finally, a Savior had come who would be the perfect sacrifice for sin, once and for all.
The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from sin and to be their King forever.
Some time after Jesus’ birth, wise men came to worship Jesus. They brought Him gifts suitable for a king—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Jesus is the King who will rule forever, just as God promised King David. (See 2 Sam. 7.)
Remind your kids that Jesus came because we needed Him. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is about rejoicing over the greatest gift we could ever receive. God’s own Son came to earth to be our Savior and our King.
Ask the questions:
Who announced that everyone needed to be registered? (Caesar Augustus, Luke 2:1)
Mary and Joseph traveled to what city? (Bethlehem, the city of David; Luke 2:4)
Mary and Joseph came from what city? (Nazareth, Luke 2:4)
What happened while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem? (Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, Luke 2:6-7)
Who appeared to the shepherds in the fields? (an angel of the Lord, Luke 2:9)
What good news did the angel tell the shepherds? (“A Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David”; Luke 2:11)
Where did the shepherds go when the angels left? (to Bethlehem, Luke 2:15)
What did the shepherds do when they left Bethlehem? (They told others about Jesus, glorified God, and praised Him; Luke 2:17-18,20)
How did the wise men know Jesus had been born? (They had seen His star in the east, Matt. 2:2)
Why did Herod say he wanted to know where Jesus was? (Herod said he wanted to worship Jesus, Matt. 2:8)
What gifts did the wise men give Jesus? (gold, frankincense, and myrrh; Matt. 2:11)
Did the wise men tell Herod where Jesus was? (No, God warned them in a dream not to tell him; Matt. 2:12)
Why was Jesus born? (Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior, Luke 2:11)
What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
- Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God. Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
- Operation Christmas Child: BridgeKids has a goal of sending at least 100 shoeboxes this Christmas. Every week we are collecting a new themed item for our boxes. Drop items in the BK check in area. Learn more at samaritanspurse.org/occ
Stay tuned to BridgeKids Facebook for more details! This weeks item is the shoeboxes themselves. We are collecting 6 qt. plastic boxes. These can be found at Wal Mart, Meijer or the dollar store for less than a dollar a piece.
- BridgeKids Summer Nights: This week we are having a paint and praise night. Come out on Tuesday night from 6-7:30 in the Landing. We are going to use our artistic abilities to create a painting that brings praise to God and spend time in worship together with the BridgeKids band. This will be a great night of worship. Families are encouraged to stay and do this event together, though you can drop your kids off for the night as well. This event is designed for kids 4 years old through 5th grade.