First Sunday After Christmas: Advent Lessons for Children

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Luke 2:41-52 | Colossians 3:12-17


Read: This is a story from when Jesus was twelve years old:

“Jesus was sitting in the Temple with the religious teachers, listening to them and asking

them questions. His mother said to him, ‘Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I

were very worried about you. We have been looking for you.’ Jesus asked, ‘Why did you have

to look for me? You should have known that I must be where my Father’s work is!’”

—Luke 2:46b, 48b-49 (ICB)


Wonder: I wonder what Jesus was asking the religious teachers. I wonder how Mary and

Joseph felt when they found Jesus in the temple. I wonder if you’ve ever gone off to play

somewhere and worried your parents. I wonder how it felt for Jesus to be in a place where he

could be himself and be close with God. I wonder if there’s a place where you feel like you can

be completely yourself.


Say: The good news is that God made us unique with different gifts and talents, and there is

a place just for you where you fit in and can be exactly the person God made you to be.


Pray: Let’s pray. Dear God, we are grateful that you have made us each unique. Thank you for

the places where we can be ourselves. Please help everyone find that kind of place. In Jesus’

name we pray. Amen.


Extend:

- Draw a picture of a place where you feel like you belong.

- Put a jigsaw puzzle together with your family. Remember how each of us is unique like a

puzzle piece and each piece has a place where it belongs.

- Watch the Disney movie Frozen, Frozen II, or Hercules. How does Elsa or Hercules feel at

the beginning of the movie when they don’t think they fit in? How do they feel at the end

of the movie? What helps?

- Read King of the Sky by Nicola Davies. Illustrated by Laura Carlin. Candlewick, 2017.

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