Epiphany Season and How We Can Celebrate It.

Epiphany

 

12 days of Christmas is done.  It is time to put away our Christmas tree and decorations.  It is now Epiphany.  Epiphany is really the day the wise men showed up to worship baby Jesus.  Or a toddle Jesus.  It is widely celebrate all over the world, in some places more that other others!

Matthew 2

King James Version (KJV)

2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. 19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. 21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
So while we celebrated by bringing the wise men to the manger, singing We Three Kings, and talking about what Myrrh, frankincense  and gold were, the season of Epiphany continues in the Church year.  We are still in the Time of Christmas: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Epiphany season is for 9 Sundays ending on March 2 this year with the Transfiguration of our Lord (Matt 17:1-9) So I am wondering how do I help my kids understand Church season better.  I focused on three area.  The way to Jesus.  Gifts and stars.

  • I had the kids role play the wise men coming to visit baby Jesus.  Correction-my kids did this on their own.   They used our different manger scenes.  They also added in cars and other toys.  They had fun.
  • We researched what Myrrh, Frankincense and Gold were.  We had just studied gold in our science class so that was easy!
  • We talked about why they brought those gifts!
  • We talk about the study of stars.
  • We looked at astronomical theories.
  • Kids made their own star crafts.  They just made stars and decorated them.
  • We looked at the stars in the sky.
  • We read the Christmas story.

And now the season continues.

  • We will continue to make our way to Jesus.  Worship each week is the way we start our week.
  • We are going to make a church year display.  I have given this assignment to the kids and they have to come up with a project.  I will post a picture when they finish.
  • Using our Lutheran Hymnal we will sing and learn some of the Epiphany hymns.

So these are just some of the ways we can celebrate Epiphany this year!


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10 Commandments and Their Meaning: Memory Card Game


10 Commandments Memory Game

It was my goal this Lent to create more faith building activities from Luther’s Catechism. This was not as easy as I thought! We made the Morning Prayer Poster . My next idea was making a game for the 10 Commandments. I had the kids draw pictures of each commandments, thinking I was going to use them in the game. After thinking about it, I decided to just use the commandment’s and their meanings.

So we made a simple memory game. 10 cards have the 10 Commandments on them, the other 10 have their meanings on them. There are 3 ways you can play

  1. Traditional Memory Game. The is great! I had Robby read the cards each time-as well as I did. The first time I played-Robby won cause I could not remember where the cards where!
  2. Matching game-Have them match the commandment with the meaning.
  3. Put the 10 commandments in order. Simply use the 10 commandment cards.

I made a sample of these memory cards. You can use mine or make your own. I find the kids love to create their own cards and it helps reenforced the facts.

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10 Commandments MC

10 Commandments Meanings MC

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Coloring Pages – Twisty Noodle

Ok, sometimes I stumble upon websites that just make me happy, and have the things I am looking for.  Twisty Noodle was one!  Coloring Pages – Twisty Noodle.  I was looking for a coloring page for a church event.  And found so much more.  I love that some of the sheets are adjustable…and it is cute…some places are cheesy in their clip art!

Twisty Noodle is worth checking  out!


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Books of the Bible Study Sheet {Confirmation}

Confirmation will be starting up soon at our church and I always expect my students to know the books of the bible.  It makes teaching so much easier.  I always tell my confirmation kids that if they can have them books memorized  in order by the first class then every class from then on I would have a soda for them.  I always have one.

Learning the books of the bible can be fun!  They are best learned at home with mom and dad.  Regardless how you educate your children, you are responsible for their faith education.  Here are some resources for teaching the books of the bible!

I made a Books of Bible study Sheet for my confirmands to use.



Here are some other fun links to goto

Have fun learning the books!


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Church Coin Bank {craft}

Created by Sarah Heritage
Goes with lesson on Stewarship

Needed:
Coil tubes (found in the coin collection area)
Stickers

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Trinity Stain Glass Craft

A great craft from an awesome friend Stephanie Lee.

Materials

Pastels
Triangle cut outs
Translucent paper
Marker

Step one- have kids color edge of triangle.

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Step two-on translucent paper, place triangle and use finger to rub off of triangle onto paper.

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Step three-repeat three times.

Step four-write God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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GrapeVine Studies: Esther {Curriculum Review}

My kids and I had a chance to review and work through a new study from Grapevine Studies on the book of Esther. How can you go wrong with Esther-a story of back stabbing, kings and queens, family, beauty contests, and standing up for what you believe in told with stick figures! I personally believe that one needs to hear, see, touch, and say to learn something. Grapevine Studies hits this on the bull’s eye.

Speaking of bull’s eye we had to take a trip to our favorite store to gather just a few supplies. Grapevine Studies requires just a few basic supplies.

  • A white board
  • Dry erase markers
  • Bible Dictionary
  • Bible
  • Grapevine Studies Student Book
  • Colored Pencils

I only needed new dry erase markers but my kids were excited because school supplies where being set out so I let each one pick out a box of color pencils, a folder, and a notepad of paper.

Esther was written as a multi-level study. The recommend ages are 7 and up. My three little ones are 5, 61/2 and 10. My 5-year-old listened but didn’t do any drawings. By the end he was off doing other things. My little girl was very tuned into this and was willing to give the drawings a try. She cannot read or write yet.

When my son found out we were going to review Esther we was thrilled.” Mom I know this story!” he said. We had watched a movie on Esther and he listens to Adventure in Odyssey. Even though he knew the story, presenting it with stick figures made it exciting for him and he kept trying to take over teaching it.

I once taught a 1st grade Sunday school class about 12 years ago. I taught the first lesson on Creation. A little boy looked at me and said, “I already know this story, I don’t need to learn it again.” Reading the bible and “learning it again” is something that we should be teaching the kids from a young age. Grapevine Studies has taken a unique approach of “Stick Figuring through the Bible.” Kids get excited about “learning it again”, even adults can get excited about “learning it again.” I loved that after we were done, my kids are still excited to “learn it again” next time they learn about Esther.

Grapevine Studies writes “Travel back in time with your children and teens as they study the book of Esther. Bible students will begin their in the ancient Persian Empire, as King Ahasuersus banishes Queen Vashti and begins a search for a new queen. Watch as a beautiful young Jewish woman named Esther becomes the new queen. Learn how God used the courage of Esther to save her people from an evil plot to kill them all. Discover how God used the creativity of Mordecai and Queen Esther to defend the Jews from Haman’s destruction. Finally, teach your students how the celebration of Purim became a yearly holiday!”

Things that I think work well for Grapevine Studies:

  • I thought that the teacher guide was easy to maneuvered through after a few quick reviews of it.
  • They have a suggested 4 day weekly schedule to keep you on track, although you could easily adjust this to fit your family needs. In Esther there are 9 weekly lessons or 32 daily lessons.
  • The teacher guide has examples of how the student pages should look like.
  • I love the timelines that goes along with the lessons.  Too often we leave kids hanging as to where things fit into the bible.
  • This material would be very good for children who also have learning disabilities.  The drawings would help those children who have a harder time with writing.  They could do the drawings and still learn and remember the bible stories.
  • Every lesson comes with memory verse.  Depending on the child’s age you can assign a few or all of them.  Kids will amaze you if you give them a chance.
  • This curriculum could also be easily  adjusted to taught at a church for Sunday school, bible studies, in a Christian day schools and even camps. Having my degree as a Director of Christian Education  I was excited about this curriculum and would easily use it and recommend it.  I already have plans for it outside of my home.

The day we did some of  the time line here is the white board we used and some of my drawings. (as you can see it needs a good cleaning or I need a new one!)  Just a note:  You don’t need a big white board to teach this study.  If you have a small white board that  will work just as well.

Ok, so my stick figures where pretty bad!  Nah, they were ok, they were stick figures and they told a fun story! The teachers guide showed me just what to say and draw.   Here are two pages one that Robby (10) did and then a page that AnQuentte (6 1/2)  did.  You can see how stick figures change with the different ages!

Grapevine Studies on the book of Esther provides a solid biblical, heartwarming and fun way of presenting the story of Esther.  With good guys and bad guys your children will love following the story told using stick figures.  We look forward to doing other studies this fall.   Let’s keep them “learning it again!”

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God’s Word Above the Door

I love God’s Word. To read it, see it, understand it.
Many times I many get away from it. Life gets hard. Too busy. So I started putting it everywhere. This is what bible says? Teach them to your children, and talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 11:19, 20 GWT)
So I started with Index cards.

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Then put it above a door.

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Then I found Beth Moore Scripture Prayer Cards. They are on my cabinets in my kitchen.

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But today I was thrilled to find these removable wall decals! They are from Scripture Art

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Kids say we say we are preparing for a battle having all the scripture! They loved it! I put some by each room and bathroom. They have some other great decals online too.

I hope to get some of the larger ones one day!


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