Dec. 9 Songs and Activities

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Who’s the baby?  Who’s the babysleeping soundlyin his littlemanger bed?  (Put your left thumb in the center of your open left palm for “Jesus”) Why, it’s Jesus,baby Jesus.Shall we touchhis tiny head?  (Stroke your thumb … Read More

Dec. 10 Storytime

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Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou A message of peace and spirit that can be passed throughout the community through Advent season and beyond,  Originally read at the 2005 White House Tree Lighting ceremony and published … Read More

Dec. 11 Listen to the Bible Story

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We love to tell the story… Growing up one of my favorite parts of Christmas decorating was setting up our nativity scenes around the house. I always scrutinized the set up, where the camels should … Read More

Dec. 12 Crafts

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Graham Cracker Nativity Materials needed:  1 pound butter box (tape the open end of the box and cut in half – this will give you two boxes); sturdy paper plate frosting graham crackers pretzels coconut … Read More

Dec. 13 Family Devotions

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3nd Week of Advent – JOY      (December 13) Materials needed: 1 pkg of Mentos 2-liter of Diet Coke piece of paper. *plan to take a drive and see nearby Christmas lights at the end of … Read More

Dec. 14 Christmas Near and Far

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Week 3:  JOY   (December 14) Stories for the family…by the Rev. Nasel Ephraim JubilationOverYonder Joy to the worlds the Lord is come, (in your best, most boisterous singing voice) is a carol that can be … Read More

Dec. 16 Songs and Activities

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The Animals “Shhh!” mooed the cow all cinnamon brown  (put finger to lips)“Come to our stable, come bow down!”  (fold hands)“Shhh!” baaed the sheep so shaggy and white,  (Put finger to lips)“A baby’s been born … Read More

Dec. 17 Storytime

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Who Built the Stable by Ashley Bryan, Simon & Schuster 2012 Who built the stable where Jesus lay? Multiple “Coretta Scott King Award” winner Ashley Bryan has a very good idea in this beautiful and … Read More