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Family Time with God: December

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How to use this section: On this page, you'll find Fun Stuff, monthly activities for your family, and Did You Know, an interesting story to tell your kids. On the pages that follow, you'll learn a new Bible verse a week. The verses are divided into three parts: Preschoolers memorize the words in bold. Elementary kids memorize the words in bold and italics. Teens and parents learn the complete verse.

Fun Stuff

Harvest Place Cards (November 26)

You'll need:

  • 1" x 4" pieces of heavy paper in an autumn color such as tan, orange, or sage green, one piece for each person who will be at Thanksgiving dinner
  • hole punch
  • markers
  • pieces of raffia or jute ribbon big enough to tie a bow
  • a piece of fruit with a stem (apple, pear, plum, etc.) for each person at the table

Write each person's name on a piece of the paper and punch a hole in one corner. Thread the jute or raffia through the hole and tie the card around the stem of the fruit.

Christmas Star Cookies (December 11)

You'll need:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 11/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package chocolate stars

Cream together shortening, brown sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in egg, milk, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the batter until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 375°. When cookies are still warm, press one chocolate star onto each.

Make a Tambourine (January 8)

You'll need:

  • two paper plates
  • hole punch, yarn

Decorate the back sides of the plates with stickers, markers, and glitter. Put the two paper plates together front-to-front and punch holes around the edge of the plates about every half-inch. Lace the plates together, stopping about 3/4 of the way around to put the beans or pebbles inside the plates. Finish lacing the plates together and tie tightly enough so no beans or pebbles can escape. Play beautiful music with your tambourine!

Did You Know …

… that Fanny Crosby (January 21) wrote around nine thousand hymns, many of which are still sung around the world today? Some of her most well-known songs include "Blessed Assurance", "To God Be the Glory," and "Tell Me the Story of Jesus."

Crosby sang beautifully and played both the harp and piano. Along with songwriting, she enjoyed memorizing God's Word. She could recite Genesis through Deuteronomy, the four Gospels, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and most of Psalms.

Amazingly, she accomplished all this even though she was blind.

What Is Awana?

Awana® is a nondenominational youth ministry committed to reaching boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and training them to serve him. To learn more about Awana and locate an Awana club near you, visit www.awana.org/about.asp


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Week 1 Zechariah, a father who praised God
Luke 1:68"Praise be to the Lord,the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people."
  1. Read Luke 1:1-25. 2.Family Forum: Why was it hard for Zechariah to believe the angel? Why it is sometimes hard for us to believe God's promises? 3. Learn Luke 1:68. 4. Redeem means to "buy back." Christ came to earth as a human to "buy us back" from sin. 5. Work with your church or a local charity to give gifts to needy families this Christmas. 6. Go shopping for your charity gifts.
Week 2 Elizabeth, a mother who praised God
Luke 1:37"For nothing is impossible with God."
7.Family Forum: What is your favorite Christmas carol? Why is it your favorite? 8. Learn Luke 1:37. 9. Read Luke 1:25, 39-56. 10. Why is Elizabeth an important part of the Christmas story? 11.Family Fun: Bake Christmas Star Cookies as a family. 12. Make Christmas cards for five special people. 13. Deliver or mail the cards you made.
Week 3 The shepherds who praised God
Luke 2:14"Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
14. Count how many times you hear the word "shepherd" in church (in songs, too!). 15. As a family, watch a video of the Christmas story. 16. Read Luke 2:8-20. 17. Learn Luke 2:14. 18. Take some quiet time today and listen to Christmas music. 19.Family Forum: How is this Christmas different from the first one? What hasn't changed? 20. Joseph and Mary walked from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Find these cities on a map.
Week 4 Anna, an old woman who praised God
Luke 2:38She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
21. Celebrate the first day of winter by making a snowman from marshmallows. 22. Round up some friends and go caroling in your neighborhood. 23. Read Luke 2:36-38. 24. Read the Christmas story (Luke 2:1-20). 25. Merry Christmas! And Happy Birthday, Jesus! 26. Learn Luke 2:38. 27. Tell someone about Jesus, just like Anna did.
Week 5 Simeon, a man in the temple who praised God
Luke 2:30"For my eyes have seen your salvation."
28. Read Luke 2:25-34. 29.Family Forum: How do you think Simeon felt when he saw the baby Jesus? 30. Learn Luke 2:30. 31. Say all five verses you learned this month.  

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