Incredible Christmas
Various Authors, Children’s Ministry Deals, 2018

£40.00 (Approx)
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Experience the INCREDIBLE story of Christmas. Incredible Christmas 4-Week Children’s Ministry Curriculum will teach kids that the Christmas story is an incredible true story of the birth of an incredible hero – Jesus our Saviour.

What do you get?

A variety of resources as pdf files. Includes: memory verse, skit or puppet show, craft activity, large group session, small group discussion (two options for different age ranges), ‘Make it Stick’ sheet for parents with ideas to solidify learning. Four sessions are included for the lead up to Christmas entitled:

  1. Incredible Trust
  2. Incredible Invisibility
  3. Incredible Power
  4. Incredible Grace

Who is it for?

Children aged 6 – 12 years old. Small group, Children, Enquiring, Beginning, Growing.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Material can be accessed as separate pdf files or one big pdf file with all the different sections in a recommended running order. Each sheet is clearly titled for its purpose and the layout is very simple with content allowing leaders to choose the order for each session. There is little on set up and preparation but generally a creative and highly flexible resource for use over Christmas time.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The session objective is listed at the beginning of each session, for example ‘Kids will trust one thing in their life to God’ is the main objective for session one.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Leader notes are simple but broad so leaders can fill in the gaps themselves. They supply a concept which the leader then chooses items for, particularly with crafts and games. Skits and Bible lessons are comprehensive though and well scripted for use.

    Who could lead it?

    Children’s workers or those experienced with working with children in church contexts would be best to lead these sessions with other roles for facilitators to help too.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    Participant resources are in the form of take home crafts and ‘Make it Stick’ sheets for parents.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation is very quick and easy. All leaders need to do is read through the session (15 minutes), allocate helpers to roles and collect any equipment for skits, games and crafts. These only require a couple of items so the list of resources for each session is not long. Leaders will also need to decide what order they want to do the different sections in and whether they want to omit any activities. Otherwise preparation should be simple and quick! No timings given, so leaders need to estimate times for their group size and context.

    Is there website support? Links?

    N/A

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Interaction is encouraged during small group discussion, Bible teaching and group games. Leaders may want to allow more time for feedback and answering questions in the discussion time depending on where the conversation naturally goes.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Learning is varied both during the session and after it. During the session, children learn through skits, listening, answering questions and creating crafts. Children also have to complete an activity sheet to demonstrate they have learnt the story, and are encouraged to learn a memory verse too. After the sessions, parents are given ‘Make it Stick’ sheets to help children learn the main objectives at home. These sheets present a mixture of activities which are suggested for use: during home time, at dinner, at bedtime and generally when spending time with children.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This resource is very adaptable due to the flexibility of the running order, few resources needed and suitability to a large age range with varying amounts of space. If leaders can’t make one section fit, they can simply miss it out and increase time spent on another section. The skits require minimal costumes and characters and the broad directions allow leaders to interpret and plan each section to suit their context. A very adaptable resource with minimal preparation and possibility of use with Sunday schools, weekly after school clubs or weekly kids’ groups in the lead up to Christmas. While this is a four-week series for ages 6 -12 years, there are options for small and large groups all of which can be downloaded instantly without shipping costs.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Children work together to apply material during small group discussion and review games. These include questions which prompt children to apply the learning to their own lives, and there are two options for questions depending on age ranges. Leaders are welcome to add in their own.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    The majority of the session is Bible based through small group discussion and large group lessons. Depending on how long leaders want to spend on this, the material can take anywhere between 15 - 40 minutes.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Biblical material is presented using skits and puppet shows with the leader then summarising what has been demonstrated and what we can learn from the story. Children then use the material by discussing it in their small groups, answering questions and solidifying learning through crafts, memory verses and parental support after the lesson.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    During the small group discussion time, children answer questions to apply material to their lives and these questions are varied depending on the age group. For example, when learning about God choosing Mary to give birth to Jesus, children are then prompted to consider what they can trust God with in their lives as Mary trusted God to help her.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open to all denominations of Christianity.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Children learn who Jesus is at Christmas time, and are encouraged to accept his grace and salvation. They are asked practical questions of how to be a disciple, for example, is it easy to trust God? How can we trust him with things in our lives?

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    This resource can be used for churched and unchurched children, meaning growth is in different areas depending on whether you know God or not. Children who are Christians are challenged to grow in their faith in God, for example there is the question, ‘What can we do to build up our faith?’ during small group discussion. Children who do not know Jesus are encouraged to accept him and yearn to learn more of who he is.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    This series focuses on four characteristics of God: invisibility, power, grace and why he is trustworthy. Children are challenged in their faith by considering these attributes and how they apply to their lives here and now. Children also learn how God used normal people, so this can be true for us today too.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Children are encouraged that with God at their side they can be confident and assured in salvation through Jesus Christ. Once they understand this from the first session, they look at the characteristics of God and how these impact their lives with questions relevant to their lives at their age.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This series can be used as tool for evangelism and also encourages children to talk to others about Jesus. For example, in session one, children learn that God has a plan for their lives which is unique, and that he needs fully committed Christians to tell the good news about him. Children are presented with the question ‘If you trust in God, he will use you to do great things. How awesome would it be to lead a friend to Jesus?’

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Not a huge focus on community involvement in this particular series.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a huge focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a main focus but indirectly mentioned in content on personal evangelism.

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