In The Light Before Christmas, a four-week Advent Sunday School curriculum download by best-selling author Marty Machowski guides children in learning about the reason we celebrate Christmas. Each lesson points to Christ, the Light of the World who came to save us from the darkness of sin. Through a Bible study of light and darkness, children will discover how the theme of light weaves its way through the Christmas story and God’s plan of salvation.
This two-level (preschool and elementary) curriculum consists of lessons that include Scripture readings, dramas, object lessons, discussion questions, activity pages, crafts, and songs.
Week 1: A Great Light in a Land of Deep Darkness (Isaiah 9:2–7)
Week 2: Jesus the Light of Men (John 1:1–18)
Week 3: Glory to God in the Highest (Luke 2:1-20)
Week 4: A Light to the Gentiles (Luke 2:21–35)
Also available for families is The Light Before Christmas family Advent devotional that will reinforce the truths learned at church as families gather for reading and worship at home. Together, the devotional and curriculum will help families see the light of Jesus shining bright not only in the Advent season, but all year long.
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of several books including The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon Seed, The Ology, Don't Blame the Mud, Parenting First Aid, Parenting First Aid Study Guide, God Made Me for Heaven, and The Light Before Christmas advent devotional and curriculum. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
“Almost every family I know is looking for fresh help in keeping the focus of Christmas where it belongs—on the birth of Jesus. That's what makes The Light Before Christmas so special. Now parents and churches have a way to team up to recapture the wonder and excitement of the moment when heaven came to earth and Jesus was born.”
Bob Lepine, Pastor, Redeemer Community Church; longtime cohost of FamilyLife Today®; author of Build a Stronger Marriage
“I love how this devotional and curriculum point families to Jesus as the light of the world! They're rich in Scripture, with stories, crafts, carols, and activities to help make concepts more relatable. I'm looking forward to using these resources with my family this Christmas to help re-center us on the real meaning of Christmas. Highly recommend!”
Sarah Reju, Author of Jesus Saves
“My friend Marty Machowski beautifully captures Scripture’s abundant light and darkness motifs in The Light Before Christmas family Advent devotional and its accompanying Sunday school curriculum. As always, Marty’s accessible, winsome style provides parents, caregivers, and kids ministry workers a great resource. It’s a fun, easy-to-use, activity-filled teaching tool that—most importantly—shines a bright light on the incarnated Son of God.”
Joshua Cooley, New York Times bestselling author whose books include the Heroes of the Bible Devotional, Creator, Father, King: A One Year Journey With God, and The One Year Devotions with Jesus
“As a father and pastor, I immediately saw the benefit of these resources for the church and family. So often the statement I hear from parents and teachers is, ‘I just don’t know what to do!’ Marty has spelled out everything in the devotional and curriculum. Best of all, the content, whether the devotions, singing, or activities, are gospel centered. You will be blessed!”
Scott LaPierre, Teaching Pastor; author; speaker
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