A Scoundrel's Christmas is a free 4-week downloadable Christmas series for 6-10year olds from LifeChurch.TV and is well worth checking out. The overview of the series: Sheriff Rusty Trusty and the folks of Whopperville welcome some new friends into their Old West town. But some Scoundrels are nearby that are not welcome at all! This Christmas series teaches kids that everything we have belongs to God.
The program is presented as a video-style interactive experience with large and small group activities, games and plenty of opportunity for kids to get up and move. The program video (message) and a salvation message video are available in HD, DVD, WMV, MOV and ProPresenter formats to download.
You will also find other files to download for each week: Experience guides and guidelines for teaching, Parent guides, Series notes for teaching plus Slam It questions, Artwork files, Kids Challenge Cards and even a Materials list.
You'll find this Christmas series here..
So.. why is it free?
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Wow! What a week! Our kids' club program concluded for the year with all the excitement of 'One Starry Night' where kids and their families experienced Mary and Joseph's journey to the manger. This was a different style of program from our usual kids' club afternoons, so we were interested to see the reaction of children and families. We included a few additions: Bethlehem passports with stickers and stamps for them to collect at each activity station, and a combined large group session to start the evening off with some carols, a special welcome to all the parents who had joined the evening events, a special Christmas clip of the Christmas story and the opportunity to highlight the family service on the following Sunday. We also concluded the event with a festive buffet-style dinner for everyone.
But, it was a terrific night with more kids than we expected turning up and many bringing along their parents. If you haven't checked out this Christmas outreach program, then click here for more information.
I've included a short clip below of highlights of our One Starry Night event- kids at various activity stations, leaders dressed for the part in Bethlehem garb and parents getting involved with their children in some of the activities. See below. I'll briefly outline the One Starry Night Sunday morning family service, with the resources and elements we included in my next posting.
Just as a quick update on Advent Calendars following our highlight of the Friends and Heroes online advent calendar (here) ... check out the Advent Calendar apps listed in our Family blog here.
You might also want to check out and sign up to receive the digital Advent Calendar from Thriving Family. (see below). Remember also, to download the Thriving Family free magazine with great ideas and content for families. (more)
Christmas promotions and decorations fill the stores with many already counting down the shopping days remaining before Christmas. Traditionally, advent calendars have been used to count down the days leading into Christmas and these are always very popular with families and children, whether they are the commercial variety of windowed chocolates to open each day or something more home-style and creative.
Why not encourage families to access the free online Advent Calendar from Friends and Heroes? Each day is filled with video, activities, puzzles and daily Bible readings. Use the following link to check it out.
Online Advent Calendar
I've included some other ideas for Advent Calendars that kids can create or that you may like to use to teach kids about the real meaning of Christmas. Just click on an image to link to the site.
For other advent calendar ideas, visit our Family page with 10 top ideas for Advent Calendars.
Group Publishing currently have a special deal of their Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry. It's a publication that I haven't used but offers a book 'chock-full of fun and practical and practical ideas for all the major holidays including Easter, Christmas and more. Best of all, every idea interactively connects kids to Jesus through the year's celebrations we enjoy.'
For a short time only, the book is on sale for $18.74 (25% off its current price of $25). It's worth considering, and especially at a discounted price.. but be quick! See here..
If you miss out, don't worry.. you can purchase it here from our online store for $18.24 (regular price)
( I only wish it were available as an e-book since it's the postage that's expensive for those in Australia and other overseas countries.)
Elevate Pastors (Creative Children's Curriculum for Church & Home) is sharing the Christmas story with everyone through a link to their new elevateathome.com site. Accessing the material is easy: click on the Step 1Bible reference for the passage to open and read; click on Step 2 to watch the video clip and animated Bible story; Step 3 click to download and print the activity sheets and badge. I'm happy to report that the movie clip is also able to be viewed on iPad which adds mobility to where families can view the materials if they own smartphones or iPads. This is also a great opportunity for Elevate to highlight their Elevate at Home resources for families. Enjoy these resources HERE..