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11 February, 2018

Simeon and Anna See Jesus

Luke 2:21-40

Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple to dedicate him. While there, they meet Simeon and Anna, who have been waiting and waiting for God’s gift of the Messiah. They praise and thank God that Jesus is God’s gift.

He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel! Luke 2:32

Praise Collage

  1. Simeon and Anna praised and thanked God for the gift of Jesus. Do the same by making a family praise collage.
  2. Cut up small pieces of wrapping paper. The bigger variety of patterns, the better!
  3. Write praises to Jesus on each piece of wrapping paper.
  4. Glue the praises to a piece of poster board.

Talk about these questions:

  • What have you done to thank people for birthday or Christmas presents?
  • What similar things can you do to thank God for the gift of Jesus?

Through the Week

Here’s an activity you can do throughout the week.

  1. Get a gift bag and put a small present inside. It could be as simple as a snack, a sticker, a nice note, or a handmade item.
  2. Pass the gift on to someone in your family.
  3. When someone gets the gift, he or she will thank the person who gave the gift and will then put a new gift in the bag and pass it on to someone else.
  4. At the end of the week, talk about how nice it was to receive gifts throughout the week and what a great gift Jesus is.

Family Discussion

  • How do you decide what would be a good gift for someone?
  • When have you given a gift you knew the recipient would love?
  • What makes Jesus a good gift?

Discuss and Watch

In today’s Bible account, we learned that Simeon and Anna had waited a long, long, long time for Jesus. They knew that Jesus would be God’s gift to the world, and they kept waiting for Jesus. Waiting can be hard.

Think and talk about a time you had to wait patiently for something you really wanted.

  • Was it worth the wait once you got that thing? Why or why not?

Watch “Waiting for Cookies.”

  • Why did the girl think it was worth the wait for those cookies?

When we pray, we often ask Jesus to do something that is important to us, like heal someone, or help us with a friendship, or help us with a test.

  • What is something you have prayed about and are waiting for God to do in your own life?
  • Pray for each other for a minute, asking Jesus to help each other as they wait for Jesus.

When someone prays for us, that is a gift to us. When Jesus helps us, it is a gift to us. Even greater than both of these is knowing that Jesus himself is a gift to us. It must have been hard for Simeon and Anna to wait for Jesus to come. The good news for us is that we don’t have to wait for Jesus—he’s already here with us and we can talk to him anytime we want. What a wonderful gift!

Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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Before Jesus dies, he tells Peter that Peter will deny knowing him. Then Peter denies Jesus three times! When Jesus comes back to life, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Jesus. Jesus gives Peter a second chance to do big things for him, because Jesus believes in us.

Through the Week

Jesus believes in us. Make a “You Can Do It!” board to believe in each other this week.

- Pick a spot to make your board—it could be sticky notes on a wall or poster board people can write on directly.

- Write or draw encouraging notes to each other that say what you believe in your family members to do. For example, “Amanda, I believe in you to do well on your test today!” or “Jacob, I believe in you to stand up for Jesus!”

- Surprise your friends and family with additional encouraging notes hidden in unexpected places.

- Pray for each other throughout the week, based on the notes you wrote.

Talk About This…

- What do you think Jesus believes in you to do?

Watch and Discuss

We’re learning that Jesus believes in us. Even though Peter messed up and denied knowing Jesus three times, Jesus still believed in him. He gave Peter a second chance to do great big things. Let’s see what happens when our dog friends, Peanut and Biscuit, find themselves in a similar situation.

Watch “Shoe Chew.”

- Peanut lied three times when Biscuit asked if he chewed the shoes. Tell about a time you didn’t tell the truth. Share your own age-appropriate example first.

- Why do you think Peanut’s owner gave him another chance with a new pair of shoes?

- Do you think Peanut deserved another chance? Why or why not?

It might not seem like a good idea to leave out a new pair of shoes with a shoe-chewing dog. But that’s just the kind of thing Jesus does for us. Jesus believes in us, even if we’ve messed up. Jesus gives us second chances, just like he did for Peter.

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Dig in at Home - 2 December

Jesus Appears to Disciples - John 20:19-31; Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-43

Jesus’ disciples are hiding in a locked room, when Jesus appears! Thomas isn’t there, so he doubts whether they really saw Jesus. He needs to see Jesus and touch his wounds. Jesus appears again and Thomas sees and believes. Jesus helps us believe in him, too.

Through the Week

Take fun family pictures that make things look unbelievable! Try these examples:

- Use “forced perspective” (where one person is close and one is far away) to make it look like one family member is a tiny figure standing in another’s han

- Use forced perspective to make it look like someone is picking up your house or apartment building between his or her fingers.

- Use forced perspective to make it look like one family member is about to step on the others.

- Take a picture with a toy close to the camera and a family member far away, so they look the same size.

- Take a picture where it looks like your family is holding up the moon.

- Talk about how we can know that Jesus being alive is no photography trick, because Jesus helps us believe in him!

Talk About This…

- What do you believe about Jesus?

Watch and Discuss

We’ve been learning that Jesus helps us believe in him. Because we can’t see Jesus, not everyone believes in him. But there are a lot of things we can’t see and yet still believe in…like gravity! Let’s watch a video about a guy who doesn’t believe in gravity.

Watch “Anti-Gravity.”

- What did you think about Andrew’s reasons for not believing in gravity?

- Do you think Andrew changed his mind at the end? If so, what do you think convinced him?

- What are some things that convince you that Jesus is real?

Thomas had doubts about Jesus, just as Andrew had doubts about gravity. But Jesus helped Thomas with his doubts, just like Cammie tried to help Andrew. And Jesus helps us believe in him, even though we can’t see him.

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Dig in at Home - 25 November

The Poor Widow’s Offering - Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4

Jesus points out a poor widow who drops two coins into the collection box at the Temple. Although many rich people give far more money, Jesus is most impressed with her gift because she generously gives everything she has to live on. Jesus loves givers.

Family Together Time

Spend time together collecting things to give away, as a reminder that Jesus loves givers.

- Clean your house. Collect things that you can give away.

- Make a big pile of everything you want to donate.

- Go through the pile and talk about which things are easy to give, and which require more of a sacrifice.

- Talk about why it’s important to Jesus to give generously.

- Take your items to a homeless shelter or other charity.

Talk About This…

- What would be the hardest thing for you to give away? Why?

Watch and Discuss

In our Bible story, there was a poor woman who gave all the money she had. Jesus saw her giving the money, and he was happy with what he saw. Jesus loves givers.

- What are some things kids can give?

It might seem like kids don’t have a lot to give. But we’re going to watch a video about a 3-year-old named Emily who gave something very special. That’s right…3 years old!

Watch “Emily’s Story.”

- Why do you think Emily’s gift was important?

- Explain whether it would be easy or hard for you to give some of your hair to someone with cancer.

Say: Emily was very young, but she wanted to give something. She found out about an important organization that takes gifts of something she had—hair! We can always find ways to give, and Jesus loves givers.

Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.