Why Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Curriculum?
Imagine for a minute that it is your birthday and your best friend has planned a birthday party for you. You are super excited as you arrive at your party. Everybody is having a great time, but for some reason no one talks to you. When it’s time for gifts, your friends give gifts to one another, but nobody gives you a present.
It’s hard to imagine a birthday party like this, and yet it happens every year on December 25th. We say that Christmas is the day that we celebrate Jesus birth and then we tend to ignore Him. Children especially have a tendency to get caught up in the gift giving, but the reality is most of our kids are thinking, “What am I going to get for Christmas?”
I am not saying that we should not give gifts to one another on Christmas day, but I am saying it’s secondary to what we are to give to Christ. Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What does Jesus want for Christmas?”
What do you buy for God, who has everything?
The streets in Heaven are paved with gold, what could Jesus possibly want for Christmas?
Of course, He wants other people too, but you cannot give other people to Jesus. You can only give yourself. You can exhort and challenge others to give themselves to Christ, but that begins by giving yourself fully to Christ.
In a practical sense, how do I give myself to Christ? I give myself to Christ by giving Him my time, my talent and my money. I give myself to Christ by serving others instead of serving myself. I give myself to Christ by living a holy life in an unholy world. I give my- self to Christ by slowing down, turning off Facebook, and spending time in His presence, listening to Him. I give my life to Christ by teaching others about Him.
I love this quote by Billy Graham, “The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not, ‘What a lovely sermon!’; but ‘I will do something.’”
This year let’s do more than tell kids the Christmas Story. What if we ask kids to give Jesus a present? And not just on December 25th. Why not give Jesus a present every day in December?
Scope & Sequence for Happy Birthday Jesus:
Lesson 1 – “Happy Birthday Jesus”
Lesson 2 – “To Jesus: My Time”
Lesson 3 – “To Jesus: My Money”
Lesson 4 – “To Jesus: My Worship”
View sample videos of the Christmas Curriculum in action!:
Happy Birthday Jesus includes:
- 4 Detailed Lesson Outlines
- 4 Lesson Schedules
- 4 Prop Lists
- 4 Motion Comic Videos – The Adventures of James & Andi
- 4 Bottom Line/Bible Verse Video
- 4 Let’s Play! Pre-Service (Coloring pages & Game)
- 4 Let’s Listen Large Group Lessons! (Lesson Study Guide, Introductory Sketch, Bible Motion Comic Follow Up, 1 Object Lesson, Drama)
- 4 Let’s Live It Small Group Lessons! (5 Unique Learning Centers)
- 4 At Home Devotionals (Lesson Study Guide, Blog for Parents, Object Lesson)
- Social Media Plan
Kinder Church 2.0 is composed of five segments.
1. Let’s Play!
“What do I do before service?”
Whether you have been in children’s ministry for only a short while or a seasoned veteran this question has crossed your mind! Let’s Play! is developed for the time before service. It Includes two activities, a Coloring Page and What’s In The Bag? It is important to fulfill children’s desire to play and this is exactly why we created Let’s Play!
2. Let’s Listen!
This is the large group portion of the Kinder Church 2.0 curriculum. It has been carefully crafted to keep your preschoolers attention while teaching them the deep things of God’s Word in a way they can understand. Let’s Listen! includes the Lesson Introduction, Worship Suggestions, The Adventures Of James & Andi, Bottom Line/Bible Verse, Object Lesson and a Hilarious Drama Skit.
3. Let’s Live It!
This is the small group/learning centers of the Kinder Church 2.0 curriculum. Preschoolers love to explore and visually learn, so Let’s Live It! has five exciting object lessons that get the kids involved and gives them a real life application to what they are learning in Kinder Church 2.0.
4. At Home
The time at home is just as important to us as the lesson time at church. We have created an entire curriculum for home discipleship called At Home. This will be a resource you can give to your parents that describes what they learned in the lesson that week, but more importantly has ways to incorporate what their child is learning through daily activities.
5. Social Media Plan
In today’s society it is important to embrace the current trends and technologies available. We understand families are on the go and people are engaging through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest on a daily basis. The Social Media Plan helps you become a part of the daily conversation with content you can share with your families on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.