Help your family focus on the best news and the greatest joy this Christmas
Children love the Christmas season. The sparkling lights, holiday music, brightly decorated trees, and the colorful wrapped presents trigger excitement! But as Christian parents, we want our children to get beyond this excitement of the Christmas season and point them to what is most worth celebrating. In order to do this, we must focus them on the good news of great joy that the angels proclaimed with the birth of Jesus and reflect on the wonder of God sending His Son to earth in human form.
Amidst the lights of Christmas, Jesus shines as the True Light who came into the world to save sinners.
Good News of Great Joy
Good News of Great Joyproducts are simple Advent resources to help your family stop and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, marvel at the providential events surrounding the birth of Jesus, and give thanks for God's provision of the One who has given us "the right to become children of God."
Family Advent Calendar and Readings
Starting on December 1, your child can flip over a card from the appropriate day to reveal original artwork illustrating a part of the Christmas story. Read the Scripture passage together as a family. After examining the illustration, reading the passage, discussing the text, and praying together, your child can place a similar illustration piece on the accompanying Advent scene. As the cards are revealed, you will begin to form a timeline of events surrounding the birth of Jesus.
- 25 Advent cards
- 10.5 feet of red ribbon
- 25 wooden clothespins
- Advent scene and accompanying pieces
- Decorative storage box (11.25 x 8.75 x 2 inches)
This coloring book is a companion piece to the Good News of Great Joy Family Advent Calendar and Readings and the Good News of Great Joy children’s book. You can use it with either resource or in conjunction with both of them (32 pages). Available in print and electronic download.
This 56-page book is a companion to Good News of Great Joy Family Advent Calendar and Readings. As such, it can be used in several ways:
• As a resource for a very young child in the family who will need help understanding the main point of the Bible reading for the day.
• As a review of key points and facts of the daily Bible passages. You might choose to do only the section corresponding to the daily reading, or you might choose to review previous pages either by reading parts of the text or by talking about the content using your own wording.
• If you have no older children and will not be reading the Scripture portion or only part of the Scripture portion on the Advent calendar cards, you could choose to use the book as the main teaching tool and reveal the calendar cards each day.
Good News of Great Joy Bundle
Get the Good News of Great Joy Family Advent Calendar and Readings along with the children’s book as a bundle and save. The calendar and book are companion pieces that work well together. Read the devotional in the book, and then encourage your child to hang up the corresponding card from the calendar.
And the angel said to them, ''Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'' - Luke 2:10
Newly available: The Greatest Gift
Lead children on a journey to discover 10 essential truths of the gospel, which culminate in the greatest gift of all. This small (28-page) full-color booklet has been designed with a Christmas theme to help children discover 10 essential truths of the gospel, leading to the greatest gift of all—enjoying God Himself forevermore! Each two-page spread of The Greatest Gift includes a simple truth statement, supporting Scriptures, a brief explanation and call for personal application, and an accompanying illustration to summarize and reinforce the truth learned.
Also available: Jesus is Most Special
In Jesus Is Most Special, Sally Michael helps parents to share the story of the birth of Jesus with their children and goes a step further by placing the Christmas story in the larger context of the Bible, including what comes before and after. She goes on to motivate children to teach this all-important story to others after they have learned it themselves. Through its large, full-color illustrated pages and its suggestions for accompanying songs and visuals, this book will help children to learn by heart the most special story ever told. (Hardcover, 24 pages)
An Intentional Advent
Hear David Michael, Sally Michael, and Jill Nelson discuss some of their personal family history around advent as well as the opportunity we all have to engage intentionally in the discipleship of the next generation this advent season.