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Christmas Bible Study for Kids
Family Bible Study Time
It's Christmas Holiday time, or very nearly. What a marvellous opportunity for us to make sure that our children learn about the real 'reason for the season'!
Holiday time is just as much a part of our kids' education as their schooling, but this part of it is for learning about living and is the family's responsibility.
Sure, it's a busy, frenetic time for parents, but, PLEASE don't just send them off to the garden, or, worse still, to play computer games. Make lists, make short-cuts, but do try to organize your schedule so that you spend quality time with them, perhaps in the evenings, making sure that they know the real story of Christmas through Bible Study together.
Young Children's Christmas Bible Study Ideas
There are so many ways in which the Christmas story can be accessed for younger children: there are wordless picture books, picture-story books with simple, easy-to-understand text, there are Children's Bibles, and there are e-books, even interactive e-books.
Decide which type suits your family best. When you are ready, sit down with them in a comfortable place, put your arms around your kids, let them know how much they are loved, and enjoy the story together.
When you have finished, discuss it and let them have their say. As a follow-up, they could draw about what they have learned, or even make a small crib to put on display in a prominent place in your home.
Christmas Bible Study Ideas for Older Kids
With older children you really need to be prepared. Use a concordance or one of the useful study books that are available, or visit a library together to find out more information.
In many towns and cities there are sure to be performances of Handel's wonderful "Messiah." As a preparation for attending one of these, you could look at the Christmas story from the same perspective, beginning with the promises and prophesies in the Old Testament and following through to the Gospels. When you attend with your children, they will really be able to listen with understanding. If you are unable to go, you could watch a DVD of "Messiah."
Finally, you could attend a magical Christmas Eve 'midnight' service together. How special it is to share the mystery and joy with the whole family!
Christian Ideas for Children
- Children and Easter
A Christian walk through sharing with children about Easter, beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending at Easter Day.
- Preparing Sunday School Activities for Children During Lent
When we are not so busy, holiday time is a good opportunity to plan special Sunday School activities relating to the Church Year. There are suggested ideas for activities Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Day, including a Sunday School Camp.