For Kids: Hope for Peace | Advent 1 | Year A
Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Big Idea: We are waiting for Jesus to come back!
Story: "God Will Bring Peace" - Spark Story Bible, pg. 164
Bible Story Video: Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
Ask: Do you know what today is? ... (It's the first day of Advent) ... Does anyone know what Advent is? ... (It's the beginning of the church year and the time before Christmas) ... Does anyone know what "Advent" means? ... (It means "coming" or "arriving") ... And who are we expecting to arrive? ... (Jesus!)
Have you ever had to wait for something that you were really excited about? ... What was it? ... Is it hard to wait for Christmas to come? ... Why?
Say: For two-thousand years (that's a long time!), we've been waiting for Jesus to come back. We don't know when He will return, but He promised He would. How can we know that we can trust His promise? Because He already came to Earth once and did amazing things! God promised that He would come to be with His people long ago and He did, so we believe that Jesus will come again (like we sing in our Apostles' Creed song) and make all things good and new!
Song: Peace Like a River
Activity Sheets or Play
After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).
End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.