December 5, 2017 10:31 am
Apostles Uptown Kids Presents: Advent in the City
Connecting the Story of Jesus’ Birth with the Urban Life
Week 1: Light
Song: “This Little Light of Mine”
Story: Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12)
Have you ever been on a street that didn’t have any streetlights? Or on a street before the streetlights turned on? What was it like?
If we are in the dark, we cannot see anything. We are lost and can’t find our way. We don’t know if we are going to trip or get hurt. We need light to be able to see.
As you walk down the sidewalk, take a minute to look up. Lights line the street to help make sure that people can see in the dark. When they are on, people can be sure of what is around them.
This week, we remember that Jesus is the light of the world. When he is in your life, you can see everything for what it truly is. You can be safe in knowing that God keeps us safe.
In the City: Next time you are out walking, point out the street lights. If you ever see them turn on, shout “Jesus it the light of the World!”
Verse: John 8:12 b: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Pray: Thank Jesus for being a light in the darkness. Pray for others to see the light. Pray that your family helps show the light of Jesus Christ.
Week 2: Peace
Song: “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6
Connection: Crowded Subway
Have you ever been on a REALLY crowded subway? One where there was pushing and shoving? Where people were getting angry? Did it seem like a peaceful place to be?
When we don’t have peace, things are not the way God intends them to be. When things are in disharmony, it means that they are not working together. When there is unrest, it means that people are angry or tired or worried.
Think about times when you have taken the subway and it was restful. When it was fun. The more peace there is, the more we can enjoy the way that God made us to enjoy.
This week, remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace! He wants us to find our rest in him. He wants us to enjoy one another and not be mad at each other. He wants us to know that he brings peace to the world.
In the City: Notice on the bus/subway/sidewalk if things seem peaceful or tremulous. Remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Verse: Isaiah 9:6-8 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Pray: Thank God for the peace that God has made between us and himself. that we can help to bring peace to others and not stir up strife or conflict with those around us.
Week 3: Joy
Song: “Joy to the World!”
Story: The Shepherds and Angels (Luke 2:8-20)
Connection: Music and dancing on the street
Have you ever seen a block party? Have you ever been on a street where upbeat music is playing and people are dancing? How do you think the people are feeling?
When we are happy, we get to show that through singing and dancing! And when we do that in public, we want to show everyone our joy and invite them to be part of it. We want people to join us! We want people to experience joy with us.
This week, remember that the good news of Jesus is the greatest news of all. It should cause us great joy to remember that we have been saved by God and that we can know God through Jesus Christ! We want to celebrate this, and invite others to know this great news too!
In the City: Next time you have a few minutes outside, put on a song and have a mini-dance party as a family on your block/in the park. Remember that Jesus gives you great joy!
Verse: Luke 2:10 – “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
Pray: Pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God that he has given us something worth the greatest joy. Pray that we can always praise him and share that joy with others.
Week 4: Love
Song: “Jesus Loves Me”
Story: The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7)
Connection: Acts of Love
Have you ever seen two people holding hands as they walked down the sidewalk? Have you seen someone offer to carry a stroller up the stairs, or maybe carry some heavy groceries? Have you ever seen someone help someone else out when they need help? Have you seen people gather together for dinner or a picnic in the park and spend time with one another?
Sometimes things in the city go so fast, and we miss the moments of love. Love is caring about somebody else, and putting their needs before your own. Love is staying with someone and spending time with them. Love is showing the other person that you care about them.
We get to celebrate the great love of Jesus during Christmas when he cared about us, and sacrificed everything for us. We needed someone to save us, and he did! He loves us.
In the City: Next time you go out, notice when other people are showing love for one another. Look for opportunities to love others. Remember the great love God has for us.
Verse: 1 John 4:8 – “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Pray: Thank God for his amazing love for us, and ask him to help us love others with his love.