Advent...What a Wonderful Time of Year!
In this week's blog, we have asked 4th grade teacher, Jessica Coulter, to share with our WCCS families some ways you can celebrate the Advent season in your homes!
This week marks the start of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting. It is a time of preparing. It is a time to draw closer to Christ as we prepare to celebrate His birth! Imagine the King of the entire universe coming as a baby... to ultimately die for each and every one of us! It is such a wonderful time of year to point your child to Christ because there are symbols of Him all around! The nativity scenes that remind us of His humble birth for all people… the sparkling lights that remind us that He is the everlasting light…. the carols that we sing in praise to Him… the wreaths that decorate doorways and symbolize His everlasting love that has no beginning or end… and the evergreens that we place in our homes that remind us of His eternal, life-giving love and the importance of growing in Him.
As a school, we are celebrating Advent in the classroom in a variety of ways! In the 4th grade, we are making a Jesse Tree, centering around the verses in Isaiah 11:1-4 and talking about a different verse each day that points to the light of Christ and making ornaments. Many of our Early Childhood classes are making Advent wreaths and acting out the Bible story of Jesus’ birth in center time! Our Upper School chorus students bring in the season by caroling around the school and the high school band will visit Westminster Towers for a special Christmas mini concert for residents.
With the symbols of Christmas all around us, don’t miss this season to help your family’s faith strengthen! Don't miss the opportunity to shepherd your child's heart as we celebrate Christ coming into our world.... so that, when Christmas morning comes, we haven't missed HIM in the business of the season! Pray for God to move in mighty ways in the life of your family and our school... that He moves in ways He alone can move... and that ultimately we are all forever changed because our faith has grown deeper and our love for Him stronger.
Be encouraged! YOU are your child’s first teacher and God will use you in mighty ways to shape their faith and in the process strengthen your’s as well! This Advent think of ways to point your child to the true reason for the season... the story of the Rescuer, who came as a tiny baby to bring light to the darkness! That is Good News to celebrate and to share with the world!
A Few Tips for Drawing Closer to Christ as a Family this Advent:
Celebrate the HOPE that Christ provides by sharing your hopes with each other throughout Advent. How do you hope to grow in your faith this Christmas season? In 2019?
Celebrate the PEACE the Christ provides by finding a peaceful place in your home to draw closer to Him. Sometimes we need to be in the quiet to hear His still small voice. In the hustle and bustle of Christmas take time to intentionally seek the quietness as you seek Him. Model this for your children and have them do the same in their own special, quiet place.
Celebrate the JOY of Christ by having a Christmas carol dance party in your kitchen! Play the music loud, light the house with candles, and have fun together singing praises to the King of the Universe!
Celebrate the LOVE of Christ by sharing His love with others. Consider making cards or homemade cookies for a neighbor or service worker. Purchase a new stuffed animal or book to deliver to the children’s hospital to bless a child who might be sick over the holidays. Consider serving at the soup kitchen together. Talk about the brokenness of the world with your child and our need for a Savior for them to see the importance of Him leaving His throne in Heaven for us!
Look for ways to point your child to Christ this Advent through your own family traditions. Get snuggled by your tree and read the Christmas story from Luke…. Or lay under it and stare up at the lights together and talk about Jesus being the light of the world. Dream together and talk about where you hope to see His Light at in your life! Hide a different Bible verse around your house each day for your child to find. Read the verses together and ask them how they see the light of Christ to come through them. Every story, from Genesis to Revelation points to Him as our Rescuer to come as we remember the first Advent and wait for the second Advent of His return. These can be stories like Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses… where do you see our need for a Savior in these stories and God’s amazing love and grace? Make new traditions together that point to Him!
Advent… what a wonderful time of year! Use every opportunity to shepherd your child’s heart and help them draw closer to Christ… so that on Christmas morning they really know Him… because their heart has been focused on Him all month and they have fallen deeper in love with the Savior of the World!