Grade 2/Grade 3

Winter Quarter

Lesson #1 - Joseph Heard The Good News

Congratulations! You have made it through Fall Quarter, and you are now starting Winter Quarter!

Take a moment to think about how your team and your ministry have changed and grown over the past few months.

Note that the format this week is different from most lessons!
In this lesson, the Teacher leads Kid Connection instead of the Small Group Leaders.
Kids then go to Small Group, and return for the Large Group program.
Be sure parents know where to pick up their kids.

Administrators and Small Group Leaders, paper bags are optional in this lesson.
You can have kids take a Character Card from the paper bag, or, you can simply pass out the cards.

Don¹t get discouraged if long-term volunteers seem confused by this new model, or want to drop out of the ministry.
Take time to explain the program and cast a vision for what your ministry could look like.

Lesson #2 - Christmas Forgotten

Because of the "volunteer crunch" Christmas brings, note the many options for this lesson.

2nd-5th graders can have Large Group together, and you can do the Small Group activity as a Large Group activity.

Have kids sit with their Small Group Leaders during the video to help them stay quiet.

Small Group Leaders, if you have a group of kids unfamiliar with the Christmas story, you might want to read it
before you start the activity.

A great way to help others in your congregation catch your vision and join your team is to ask your pastor to
encourage people to peek their heads in to see what is going on in the children's ministry.

Lesson #3 - Small Group Celebration

Small Group Leaders, be thinking about how you want to celebrate Christmas with your kids.
Ideas are listed in the Small Group Leader¹s Guidebook.

If you team-lead a Small Group, be sure both leaders are present for the Small Group Celebration.
This is a great opportunity for intentional shepherding and building community with your group.

Think of ways to celebrate Christmas by honoring others in your ministry.
Have a party, do a "Secret Santa" exchange, or give small gifts or cards to the people you work with closely.

To create one-mindedness for your volunteers, have volunteer meetings.
Talk about expectations, what the hour looks like before, during, and after the program, and what benefits
come from their efforts.

Lesson #4 - It's Christmas Night ... Do You Know What's Missing?

You might want to perform today¹s drama as a part of your church Christmas program.
The script is included in the Director¹s Notebook.

The other grade levels are also watching this Christmas video today, so feel free to join grade levels if you
don't have enough volunteers.

Small Group Leaders, make the Christmas Quiz a fun activity for the kids in your group.
If you'd like, the kids can work in pairs. Don¹t emphasize the winner of the game, but rather, congratulate everyone on playing.

Process through mistakes as a team. Be open and laugh about the times the lessons bombed.
Take time together each week to share your experiences and support one another.
congregation.

On the "Leading Children to Christ" audio tape included in each kit, David Stahl, references Appendix A and B
information from handouts that were distributed during the recorded session.

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