The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, a message that will fill everyone with joy.” Luke 2:10

Week 4 objectives: to think about what the word ‘joy’ means and to discover why the angel’s message would bring joy to everyone.

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‘I shall always bless the Lord; his praises shall be in my mouth forevermore’. Psalm 34:1

Week 4 objectives: to play a game that will help the children memorise the verse and remind them that David said praise would always be in his mouth.

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Jesus answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37

Week 4 objective: to think about what it means to love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.

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‘A quick temper causes fights, but patience brings peace and calm.’ Proverbs 15:18

Week 4 objective: to think about how a patient person brings peace and calm.

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‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

Week 4 objective: to discover that during Old Testament times the Holy Spirit came upon people to help them do jobs they could not do on their own. 

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'We should not stop gathering together with other believers,' Hebrews 10:25

Week 4 objective: to think about the writer's instructions: Christians should not stop gathering together.

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'If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Christ from death, you will be saved.' Romans 10:9

Week 4 objective: to think about why Christians say ‘Jesus is Lord’.

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‘Simon Peter answered,“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”’ Matthew 16:16

Week 4 objective: to remind the children that although Jesus was fully God he was fully human too.

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'Stay joined together with me, and follow my teachings. If you do this, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you.'John 15:7

Week 4 objectives: to create a Prayer Space with the children and to talk about the different ways we can pray.

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'You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do. ' Psalm 139:3

Week 4 objectives: to remember that God sees us wherever we are and to think about God knowing what’s best for each of us because he knows everything.

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‘He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.’ Luke 1:32a

Week 4 objectives: to discover that the angel called God ‘Most High’ because there is no-one greater than him.

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‘Give thanks to the Lord of All, for the Lord is good. His loving-kindness lasts forever.’ Jeremiah 33:11

Week 4 objectives: to discover that this verse was written by Jeremiah and that it was part of the message to God's people that one day the city of Jerusalem would be rebuilt and they would thank God again.

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‘Loving God means obeying his commands. And God’s commands are not too hard for us,’ 1 John 5:3

Week 4 objectives: to discover that Christians understand that by learning and growing to be more like Jesus they will learn and grow to live God's way.

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‘God, you give true peace to people who depend on you, to those who trust in you.’ Isaiah 26:3

Week 4 objectives: to discover why Christians believe it is important that they trust God and to think about people who trust God having more and more peace. 

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‘The Helper is the Holy Spirit. The Father will send Him in My place. He will teach you everything and help you remember everything I have told you.’ John 14:26

Week 4 objective: to understand that the Holy Spirit is a teacher; Christians believe the Holy Spirit teaches them how to live God's way. 

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'Everyone Will Know That You Are My Disciples Because Of Your Love For Each Other' John 13:35

Week 4 objective: to talk about the importance of Christians loving one another. 

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‘Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations,’ Matthew 28:19a

Week 4 objective: to think about the Gospel and how it might be explained.

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‘God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.’ 1 John 4:9

Week 4 objectives: to introduce the idea of eternal life by demonstrating that a circle does not have a beginning or an end.

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'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.' Hebrews 13:8

Week 4 objective: to discover that the word Christ means ‘Anointed one’. To anoint someone means to rub special oil onto them. In Old Testament times the oil was a sign that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. Christians believe that Jesus is ‘The Christ’ because he is ‘The Anointed One’. Just as the Holy Spirit was with the kings and priests he is with Jesus.

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'… keep praying. Keep watching! Be thankful always.' Colossians 4:2

Week 4 objective: to think about always being thankful.

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