Be ready

SUNDAY IS COMING & SO IS CHRISTMAS!
This is the third Sunday at ACS. It’s going pretty well I think, if you see room for it to work better please let me know - fresh eyes are always helpful.
As I said last week we’ll be mixing it up and changing things around as we find our rhythm and systems in our new home with the children in the same building as the adults. This week we are going to take advantage of them being really close and have the children join you for communion. Children receive faith as we pass it on to them. Communion is one of the things that Jesus gave us to do when we meet together. For the children to take part in this with you or witness you doing it is a way that we can pass along an important faith practice to them.
So, to that end, sign in this week will be at 10am and sign out will happen at 11:20am so you have time to go and get your children and bring them back to the gym with you.

TO READ TOGETHER
Mark 13:24-37
Advent is the time before Christmas. Christmas isn’t here but we are all getting ready for it. The season of Advent is about waiting and looking forward to something great, namely the birth of our Saviour. The passage this week doesn’t seem very Christmassy because it isn’t, it is about the darkness before the dawn, the mess that the Saviour is born into and comes to save us from. Mark wrote this gospel when Jerusalem was at war with Rome. How do you think Mark’s Roman audience would feel reading Mark 13:24-26? What would it remind them of?
We can count the days until we remember when Jesus was born but no one knows when Jesus will return but the thing that we can do, is watch for Him, like the memory verse this week says.

TO LEARN TOGETHER

I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for Him!
Mark 13:37


SO I’M WONDERING…
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR KIDS (AND YOURSELF)
God works for good, even in troubled times. Share a time of trouble in your own life. How did you see God working during this time?
Talk to your kids about how you got ready for their birth.
Talk about ways you can work together to get ready for Christmas and remembering Jesus’ birth.

FAMILY PRAYER
Dear God,
The world can be a scary place sometimes. Stay with us and help us remember that good will always follow the bad. We trust You to lead us out of darkness. Amen.

Categories: Family Time, For Parents, Memory Verse, Story