Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Go Fish Christmas Curriculum: The Gift of Advent

As a Sunday school teacher, I'm always on the lookout for classroom resources. "The Gift Of Advent is a four-lesson large group/small group curriculum designed to give children a biblical understanding of Christmas...from the garden - to the manger - to the cross. Each lesson focuses on a new gift that comes as a result of God's ultimate Gift - Jesus! Your church will love this fresh, gospel-centered approach to a timeless story!"

Here is a breakdown of each lesson from the company's website:

Lesson 1: The Gift of Hope

Our need for a Savior began all the way back in Genesis when sin entered the world. In this lesson children will read God's promises in Genesis 3:14-15 and Isaiah 9:6-7. They will learn how God had a rescue plan in place from the very beginning and why our hope should be in Christ alone!

Lesson 2: The Gift of Wisdom

Is just knowing about Jesus enough? The religious leaders knew the details of Jesus' birth, yet they did not go to worship Him. In this lesson children will read the story of the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12. They will learn the importance of putting their faith into action and what true wisdom requires.

Lesson 3: The Gift of Love

When God sent His Son to die on the cross, it was the ultimate example of love. Children will read from Ephesians 5 and discuss how we are to be imitators of God by walking in love as we follow His great example.

Lesson 4: The Gift of Joy

Like the angels proclaimed in Luke 2, Jesus' arrival is good news and should bring about great joy! Children will learn that the true meaning of Christmas is not something we should keep to ourselves. A Savior has been born! He is Christ the Lord!

Curriculum Includes:

•5 music videos from Go Fish with lyrics on screen (See video samples below)
•5 karaoke videos to use for your Christmas service
•4 teaching videos (1 for each lesson) designed to lead into the Small Group Bible Lesson (See sample video below)
•Large Group activity and opening time for each lesson
•Small Group Bible Lessons
•Worksheets with activities for each lesson
•Audio CD (Songs: Joy To The World, Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, The Christmas Dance, Christmas With A Capital "C", It's About The Cross, We Three Kings, The Little Drummer Boy, and My Jesus I Love Thee)
•DVD-Rom with all video files in .mov (HD), Windows Media files (HD), and Mpeg-1 (SD)
•CD-Rom with all lessons, manuals, craft information, coloring sheets, and much more in printable and e-mailable formats
•Crafts and coloring sheets for each lesson

I've been on the Go Fish mailing list for a while, but have not purchased yet only because our church is so small. As we are adding new members--with children--this curriculum becomes more and more appealing. You can learn more at http://www.gofishguys.com/

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