Advent 3: Jesus is the Messiah

SUNDAY IS COMING
Children ages 3-10 will be signed in from 9:45am at the open space on the way to their rooms - look for Brittany.
BABES&TOTS can be taken to the classroom and signed in there.

TO READ TOGETHER
Matthew 11:2-11
John the Baptist was a prophet who baptized people in the Jordan River. He told people to confess their sins and turn their lives around, to live lives that reflected their love for God. King Herod felt threatened by John and wanted to kill him. He did not do so at first, however, because he was afraid of the crowds that followed John. We are told in Matthew 4:12 that John had been arrested (details are provided in 14:1-12). Our story today picks up with John in prison. He has a final question question for Jesus: Is he the Messiah?
Kids are built for questions—“Why? When? Are we there yet?”—because they’re constantly discovering new things about the world. Use this curiosity to help them feel a kinship with John. He’s discovering (over and over) exactly who Jesus is, and it’s happening through the power of asking questions.

TO TALK ABOUT:
John the Baptist discovered who Jesus was by asking honest questions. Share a question you have about Jesus with your family. It’s okay to ask questions. No one knows all the answers.

TO PRAY TOGETHER
Dear God, help us to wait and watch for the Messiah. Amen

TO DO TOGETHER
Bake a batch of muffins together, put each one in a bag, and tie with ribbon. Attach a note that says “The Messiah is coming!” Give to friends and neighbours to spread the joyful news.

STILL TO COME IN ADVENT
22: Whole church family skating morning at ARC.

24: Christmas Eve candlelit family service

Categories: Family Time, For Parents, Prayer, Story