Dig in at Home - 11 February

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

- Simeon and Anna praised and thanked God for the gift of Jesus. Do the same by making a family praise collage.

- Cut up small pieces of wrapping paper. The bigger variety of patterns, the better!

- Write praises to Jesus on each piece of wrapping paper.

- 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.

- 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.

- Pass the gift on to someone in your family.

- 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.

- 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!

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Dig In at Home - 4 February

Jesus, the Light of the World, Is Born

Luke 2:1-20

On the night Jesus is born, light breaks through the darkness. It’s a dark time for Israel and a dark night in the shepherds’ fields, but angels light up the night sky and proclaim God’s glory and that Jesus is the light of the world.

“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased” Luke 2:14

Lights On, Lights Off

- Gather your family to play a game.

- When the lights go off, people will act silly.

- When the lights come back on, they’ll try to freeze before they’re seen moving.

- Play several times.

- Talk about these questions:

- What are some things people try to get away with when no one else is looking?

- How is that like the way you acted in the dark?

- If you want to shine God’s light, how would you act?

When Darkness Reigns

- Wait to do this activity until it’s dark outside.

- Have each person choose a task from his or her chore or to-do list.

- Turn off all the lights, and have everyone try to accomplish their task.

- Turn the lights back on after a bit, and complete the tasks.

- Come back together and discuss these questions:

- What was it like to try to do your task in the dark?

- Why do you need the light to do certain things?

- Why do you need Jesus’ light to shine on you?

Family Discussion

- What are some ways Jesus is like light?

- Share about ways you showed God’s light this week.

- God thinks we’re special! What are some things you think are special about each other?

Discuss and Watch

Today we’re going to watch a video about a guy who got confused about something that was said at church.

- In your group, tell about a time you got confused about something someone said—it can be something you heard at church or someplace else.

Watch “Karl, Light of the World.”

Karl was confused about what the pastor at his church said. He thought the pastor said that Karl should be the light of the world, and Karl thought that meant wearing a funny sunshine costume.

- What did Karl get wrong when he thought he was the light of the world?

- We know that Jesus is the light of the world, not us. But how can we show Jesus’ light in the world?

Jesus is the light of the world! We have the great opportunity to reflect the light and love of Jesus to others so they can experience that light and love, too.

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Dig In at Home - 28 January

An Angel Announces Jesus’ Birth

Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25

God sends an angel to tell Mary and Joseph about Jesus’ upcoming birth. God gives a lot of specific details, and many of them seemed impossible. But God does the impossible! Jesus was born just as God said he would be.

Memory Verse: “For nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:37

It Doesn’t Pop!

Your child may have done this activity in church today. If so, ask him or her to show you how to do it. If not, here’s how to do it:

- Stick 15 flathead thumbtacks in a 3x5 grid through an index card, and tape the flat side of the tacks in place.

- Inflate a balloon.

- Push the balloon onto the thumbtacks. It won’t pop!

Talk about these questions:

- Why does setting the balloon on the tacks without it popping seem impossible?

- Read together Luke 1:37 (memory verse)

- What does it mean that God’s Word comes true, even if it seems impossible to us?

- Why do you trust that God will do what he says?

Through the Week

Here’s an activity you can do throughout the week—over dinner or in the car. Play a variation of the game of “I Spy” with things that demonstrate doing the impossible.

- Have someone look around, secretly choose an object, and say something that would be impossible to do using that object. For example, it would be impossible to eat soup with a key.

- Everyone else will ask yes or no questions to identify the item.

- When someone guesses the item, everyone will try to think of ways God could do the impossible with that item (without being silly).

Family Discussion

- What’s something in your life that feels impossible?

- What do you believe God could do about that?

- Explain whether or not it’s easy for you to believe God can do anything.

Discuss and Watch

Talk about a time you did something difficult. What made you decide to try to do that thing, and what happened?

- What’s something that would be impossible for you to do?

Let’s watch a video about someone who likes to try to do the impossible.

Watch “Al Risket, Stuntman.”

- What did you think was the funniest impossible trick that Al Risket tried?

Al tried some funny things and some dangerous things—but even he admitted that there were things that were impossible for him or other humans to do; things that are only possible for God.

As we are looking at the Bible today, we’ve been learning that an angel came to Mary and told her that she was going to have a baby—and that he would be king over Israel and everyone! That seemed impossible to Mary, but she trusted God to do something that seemed impossible to her.

- What are impossible things that you believe God can do?

Mary trusted God even though what he said was going to happen seemed impossible.

- When have you trusted God with something that seemed impossible?

Only God can do what seems impossible to us. He did the impossible—and something wonderful—when he brought Jesus to earth for us.

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