Advent Week 3 – Peace

In Heroes Gate this Advent, we’re focusing on four themes: Hope, joy, peace and love.  We are excited to partner with you by providing resources we’ve created and collected to equip and empower your family in remembering God’s amazing love and gift this Christmas.  Below you’ll find various activities for you and your family to do as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Missed either weeks 1 or 2 of our Advent activities?  Check them out below this post.

Family Devotional – Take time together this week to read about the Journey to Bethlehem and the amazing miracle of Jesus’ birth.  Week 3 Devo

Activities

Early Childhood Activity: Read the story of how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem and how Jesus was born in a stable there.  Afterwards, bake cupcakes or a birthday cake for Jesus and talk about all the gifts that Jesus has given you as a family.  You could even take some of the money you would have spent on gifts for each other and choose a charity or organization that helps other to bless with the money.  Take some time together to work on the coloring pages from this week’s Bible stories.  Week 3 Coloring Page 1        Week 3 Coloring Page 2

Elementary Activity – Read this week about the journey to Bethlehem and Jesus’ birth in the stable.  Find a map or look online to find he distance between Nazareth, where Joseph and Mary had lived, and Bethlehem.  Discuss what it might have been like to travel that far on foot or riding a donkey.  Ask kids what they would have taken along for such a journey.  Upon arriving in Bethlehem, the only place available for Mary and Joseph was a stable.  Talk about what it would be like to spend a night in a stable with all the animals and no bed.  Afterwards, have kids retell the story using their storyboard drawings.  OR have your child/children reenact the story.  Find some costumes and props around house to use.  Blank Storyboard

Family Service Ideas – Each week, we will share 10 easy ideas for spreading love and kindness together as a family during this holiday season.  Choose 1 for the whole month or 1 per week.  Week 3 Service Ideas

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