Epiphany (1-5-2012)

Epiphany – the culmination of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Marked by the visit of the Magi and their unexpected gifts. Their gifts that would provide for Mary and Joseph as they fled to Egypt and would continue to provide throughout Jesus’ life. It is a season of focusing on the life and work of Jesus.

Web Sites

Impress your kids – a web site with ideas for families to impress faith at home

The Season of Epiphany – Extra teaching about Epiphany

Jesus Fulfilled Old Testament Prophecy – Biblical references that demonstrate how Jesus fulfilled OT prophecies

Jesus Quoting from the Old Testament

Epiphany Celebration with CakeEpiphany Celebration - cake

Everyone loves Cake! There is a wonderful Epiphany tradition that involves a “Kings Cake”. This could be a fun way to introduce Epiphany in your homes.
The special cake has a crown on top and a hidden “bean” inside. The finder of the bean gets to be King for the day, deciding the families activities.

Check out “Rhythm of the Home” for ideas, including a recipe for the Kings Cake.

 

 

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Teaching the Nativity (12-15-2011)

Getting the true Nativity story straight from the Bible.
Then looking into the major characters for a little background information.

Web sites about the Nativity

The Truth about the Nativity

The Shepherds and Sheep

A complete accurate look at the Nativity through a Question and Answer format

Family Traditions

Many family traditions grow out of the Advent and Christmas season. From advent wreaths, to decorating the Christmas tree. From holiday lights to advent calendars.

Develop the tradition of telling the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus. This will help get through the misconceptions and additions in the story of the birth of Jesus. On Christmas eve, gather the family around the Christmas tree, and have someone read the 3 Bible passages that tell us the story. From Matthew chapter 1, and Luke chapter 2 you get the story of Mary and Joseph and the Shepherds. In Matthew chapter 2 you get the story of the Magi.

You can do this is a quiet reading, with the lights low, and perhaps the candles from the advent wreath all lit. Or you can make a production out of it, having your kids dress up like the various characters and you be the narrator.

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Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich

Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd – Springfield, VA 22152
©2011. all rights reserved