What you need
Note cards or strips of paper, pencil or pen
What You Do
Write each of the following words on a note card or strip of paper:
Mix up the cards/strips of paper so they’re not in any particular order. Read the week’s verse (below) aloud, one time. Based on just one reading of the verse, challenge your child to use the cards to create four phrases that describe God’s promised Savior.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6, NIV
Give your child a few moments to arrange the cards in order. If they can’t quite complete the verse, you may have to read it one or two more times.
Talk about the Bible Story
What’s your favorite thing to do during the Christmas season?
What brings you joy and fun at Christmastime?
What are you hoping for right now? (Not just in terms of what are you hoping to receive for Christmas . . . but what is something you’re hoping will happen, or how do you hope Christmas will turn out this year?)
Why is hope important?
How can we stay hopeful this time of year, especially with everything going on in our world right now?
Parent: Share a story about a time when you really hoped for something.