Family resources leading to Sunday 20th December 2020
Fourth Sunday of Advent – Year B
Your spiritual gifts were not given for your own benefit but for the benefit of others, just as other people were given gifts for your benefit.~ Rick Warren
We are now in the season of Advent, a time that is focused on waiting with anticipation. We wait with anticipation for the return of Christ; we relive in our own lives the expectation of the birth of Christ and his birth in our own heart everyday. We wait with anticipation for the kingdom of God to be fulfilled on Earth. Over these four weeks, the material will be shaped around four themes that are relevant to this time: promise, waiting, journey and gift.
Pass the Parcel
This old game still gets played at parties but could be a fun game to play at home around the table. It would also be a great way to unveil a gift for your family. Put something nice in the middle for the whole family – like a family movie pass or a note saying you are all going to your favourite restaurant. Wrap it up. Now put multiple layers of wrapping on with small prizes in between such as chocolate bars or sweets. Blindfold a family member. Their job is to say when to stop passing the parcel. Pass the parcel and when it is stopped, someone gets to take off a layer. You might even like to play music or sing a song while the parcel is passed around.
- What is the best gift you have ever received?
- What is the best gift you have ever been given?
- What is the most precious gift in the world?
With your family, read Luke 1.26-38.
Questions for Discussion:
- What did the angel call Mary to begin with? Why do you think he called her this? What do you think it means?
- What do you think surprised Mary the most, seeing an angel or the news he gave her?
- What things did Gabriel tell Mary about who her baby was?
Prayer and Celebration
A prayer for candle lighting during Advent:
O God,as light comes from this candle,may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,warming our hearts andbrightening our way.May Christ our Saviour bring lifeinto the darkness of this world,and to us, as we wait for his coming.Amen.
A great way to explore the story of Christmas would be to listen to some Christmas Carols or hymns with your family. One option would be to listen and sing together and just enjoy the music and your family. Alternatively, listen very carefully to the words and to the feel of the song. Discuss what this particular carol is saying about the birth of Jesus. Are there any words or phrases that children don’t understand? Discuss what these might mean.