We hope you’re excited for Christmas and all the joy of the season. As we get through our lengthy to-do list, hopefully we can take a few minutes to check out these helpful resources that will refocus our hearts and minds towards Christ.
5 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Content this Holiday Season
24 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Winter
40 Creative Ways for Kids to Volunteer this Winter
40 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids
Make Your Own Family Advent Kit
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: Book Recommendation
What are we learning in Sunday School this month?
Tots: The First Christmas
Teens: Another Christmas Story
RESOURCES and events
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The first christmas
It’s Christmas! Let’s celebrate Jesus’ birthday by being givers like God! God sent Jesus as a very special Christmas present to the world. Jesus saves us and shows us God’s love. Celebrate His birthday and give to others to show God’s love!
Download Bible App for Kids so you can check out these stories with your kids. They can follow along in the story and have fun bringing the characters to life. Also, check out the Adventure Book we send home with your kids each week so you can help them review the verse and the question and answer that we hope they learn each week.
It’s turtle time!
Turtle Time is an interactive book that teaches basic Orthodox concepts to our little ones. This month’s Turtle Time chapter is titled STORY TIME. Jesus loves story time! He loves to share stories with us about how much He loves us and all the wonderful adventures of a life with Him.
Our key phrase that they will hear when they Tickle Tim’s Tummy is a reminder about how to be a good listener:
I listen with my whole body. Ears are listening. Eyes are watching. Mouth is closed. Hands and feet are quiet.
See if your child can repeat it back to you.
Caring enough to do something about someone else's need.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son for whomsoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.
We pretty much all know this verse by heart – as well as the Christmas story...but do we ever stop to think of how much COMPASSION our Lord must have had for us to do such a selfless thing and send His son to save us?
This Christmas season... we will be exploring the true meaning of COMPASSION: Caring enough to do something about someone else's need.
Before the events of the Nativity – God showed compassion to Sts. Joachim and Anna by giving them a baby girl, in their old age, whom they named Mary. Years later a man, St. Joseph, showed compassion to this girl and became the adoptive father to our Lord and Savior.
This month we hope to shed light on the Christmas season in a way the kids may have never heard before.This is not merely a season of exchanging presents and commemorating a special birthday.Christmas is about our Father's compassion on all of us and, in turn, our call to be compassionate to others.
Check out the monthly CUE for more information.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.
MIDDLE & HIgh SCHOOL
This month we are exploring Untold Christmas Stories in our new series called, “ANOTHER CHRISTMAS STORY.”
Most of us know the Nativity story by heart – we know the manger scene, the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, and of course baby Jesus.
But there are parts of the Christmas story that are typically not told. They have zero Christmas songs about them, and they are far less popular than the little drummer boy (who, by the way, is completely fictional). By exploring these lesser-told stories, we hope our teens will get a newer appreciation of what the Christmas season is all about.
Week 1 we will look at Saints Joachim and Anna. They wanted a child their whole life, and they waited and prayed; waited and prayed; waited and prayed. God answered that prayer in a way no one was expecting. They were blessed with a baby girl in their old age. They named that baby girl: Mary… that’s right, our blessed Theotokos, St. Mary. And the world has never been the same.
Saints Joachim and Anna show us that God’s Plan is Worth Waiting For
Week 2 we will look at St. Joseph. Yes, he is in the manger scene; yes, he has a small role in the Nativity Pageants at Church… but the story of the adopted father of Christ is often overlooked. St. Joseph probably had a vision for his own life, but he selflessly submitted to God’s story when the time came. At Christmas time – it is very easy for us to get selfish and focus on what we want. Instead of living for himself, though, St. Joseph lived for God.
Saint Joseph shows us that God’s Plan is Worth Living For.