The Second Week of Advent: Prepare

For the first week of Advent, we took a look at God’s plan. The second week of Advent center’s around preparation or preparing for Christmas.  The ADVENTure for the second week is about making things or recreating the preparations made by  God, Mary and Joseph.

Second Sunday Home Ceremony:

Once again, the ceremony is at dinner time.  We will gather around the table for the evening’s lighting of the candle and for a quick discussion about the upcoming week’s activities.

1.   Light the first candle

2.  Discuss who is Micah

3.  Talk about the Book of Micah.

4.   Read Micah 5:2-4

5.  Talk about the passage.  What did it mean??

6.  Light the second candle

6.  Sing a Hymn.  May I suggest, O, Little Town of Bethlehem

7.  End in Prayer

Second Week’s Activities:

Again, these activities are done around dinner time.  Some will need some preparing before time.  Others will be craft projects done as a family.

Monday:

Scripture:  Luke 1:26-38, 2:32  and John 8:12

Items:  Baby Items or a suit case

Activity:  When traveling or getting ready to have a baby, a family has to prepare for the event.  Think about how Mary and Joseph had to be prepared for becoming parents of Christ.  They were chosen for the pure hearts, their love, and devotion to God.  As a family play a round of, “We’re going on a trip to Bethlehem, and I am going to bring ______”  It is a memory game.  Each family member will add something to the list.  Each person must recount the list and then add a new item.

Tuesday:

Scripture:  Ruth 1:22, Matthew 2:1-6

Items:  graham crackers, cake frosting, candies,

Activity:  Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Bethlehem’s history is rich and its setting began in the Book of Ruth.  It was also the home town for Kind David.  Bethlehem means “City of Bread.”  To celebrate the city of bread, we are going to make Gingerbread Houses……

Wednesday:

Scripture:  Galatians 4:4-7

Items:  Red construction paper, hole punch, string, glitter, stickers etc… you are going to make a heart ornament for your Christmas tree.

Activity:  While making the heart ornament, explain that God sent Jesus into the world and to be born in Bethlehem.  Because of Jesus, God can put His spirit, The Holy Spirit, into our hearts.  We are going to hang our hearts on the tree to remind us that we must ask Jesus into our hearts and always make Him feel welcome in our hearts.

Thursday:

Scripture:  Luke 2:4-7 or Micah 5:2

Item: a Manger….. we will set up our Manger.

Activity:  Show the manger or set yours up while discussing:  God had prepared the place for Jesus to be born a 1000 years before it really happened.  The town where David was born 1000 years before Jesus was Bethlehem.  Micah announced that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.  If God was preparing for this event for a 1000 years, why do you think it was in a stable and not a fancy castle?  Why did Jesus have to be born in a manger, humbly, and poor?

Friday:

Scripture:  Luke 2:19

Items:  Brown paper sacks, markers, glue, stickers, paint, etc….. you will be making wrapping paper.

Activity:  Mary said in Luke 2:19 that she was treasured up the events of the night into her heart.  Soon we will be wrapping our treasures to share with our family and friends.  Tonight we will make wrapping paper for each person’s gift.  Our paper will show how much God loves them and how much we love them.

Saturday:

Scripture:  1 Thessalonians 4:14-18

Items:  A trumpet

Discussion:  The second coming.  The first time Jesus came, it was a quiet event.  Not everyone knew.  His second coming will be announced with the sound of a trumpet and we will meet him in the air.  We need to be prepared for his second coming.  Keep the love of Jesus in our hearts and live for Him every day.

So, get ready for Christmas!  Prepare your celebration as if Jesus, Himself, was coming!  Enjoy the joy!!

God Bless……

*** resources:  Christmas Out of the Advent Box, by Benjamin R. Husted25 Days, 26 Ways, by Ace Collins ; and The Advent Jesse Tree, by Dean Lambert

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