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.

Family Devotional

Open your Bibles to Luke 2:1-20. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. 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 said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David” (Luke 2:10-11).

What a relief! This angel had come to bring good news. First, he proclaimed a Savior. 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.

This is the best news ever! An army of angels appeared, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors” (Luke 2:14).

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 our King.

Help your kids understand 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.

Ask the Questions:

  • Why did Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem? (Joseph was from David’s family, and they needed to 
    return to the city of David for the census; Luke 2:1-4)
  • Where did Mary lay Jesus? (in a feeding trough for animals, Luke 2:7)
  • Who were the first people to hear about Jesus’ birth (shepherds watching their sheep, Luke 2:8-11)
  • Who was the good news about Jesus’ birth intended for? (all people whom God favors, Luke 2:10-11)
  • What did the angels tell the shepherds to look for? (a baby wrapped in cloth and lying in a feeding trough, 
    Luke 2:12) 
  • What did the shepherds do after they found Jesus? (went around spreading the news to others; Luke 2:17,20)
  • What did Mary do? (She stored up the memories and meditated on them, Luke 2:19)

BridgeKids Announcements

  • Kids Christmas Eve: Christmas Eve at LifeBridge is going to be a family service this year.  That means the service is shorter and will be more family geared. We would love for the whole family to go together. But, the kids will be singing to start the service. If you child wants to sing the above song, drop them off in BK and they will be dismissed to you after we sing at the beginning of service.
  • Christmas at LifeBridge: Plan now for our Christmas Eve service schedule. Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year so our service times will be 8, 9:30 and 11am. All three services will be identical and designed for the whole family. We really hope you will join us for this powerful day of reflection and celebration.
  • Lake Ann Camp: Not thinking about camp when the snow is falling? You should be. If you register for camp before December 31, you will get a $20 discount AND you can sign up for a convenient payment plan. We also have some gift bags for the first 20 Lifers to sign up. We plan to take students (4th-12th grade) to camp during the week of July 16-21 this next summer. Go to lakeanncamp.com for camp info and registration. Questions? E-mail April Pachuta at orangeaugust@yahoo.com.