Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Advent Sunday School Curriculum

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Guide kids and their families into the heart of Christmas with this gospel-focused, four-week Advent curriculum. 

Prepare Him Room by children’s best-selling author Marty Machowski takes a biblical, theological approach to the Old Testament promises and New Testament fulfillment in Christ in a way kids can understand.

With age-appropriate instruction and activities for three different learning levels—preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary—Prepare Him Room builds gospel hope and enduring theological depth into each child’s celebration of Christmas.

Prepare Him Room is a tool for families hoping to focus on Jesus during the Christmas season. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will find a whole Christmas story—from the prophecies concerning Jesus to his birth, death, and resurrection; culminating in the return of Jesus.

Readers will have the resources necessary to counter the commercialism, materialism, and sentimentalism our culture celebrates each Christmas.

Four weekly lessons feature a New Testament Bible story, a look at Old Testament promises, an object lesson, a craft, a coloring page, and a Christmas carol to sing together. 

Prepare Him Room will change the way kids and families at your church celebrate Christmas. The corresponding curriculum Prepare Him Room is sold separately. Challenge your family to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

AUTHOR

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for thirty years. He is the author of the Gospel Story for Kids series 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, and The Ology. He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 

Endorsements

"If you want to be purposeful about making this December more Christ-centered for your children, then look carefully at this little book. Marty Machowski provides the ideas, the plans, and the details: all you have to do is follow his lead. He will help your family have a more gospel-filled Christmas season."
Donald S. Whitney
, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY; author of Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, and in Your Home

"Prepare Him Room is a tool to help families focus on Jesus during the Christmas season. Tying together the whole Christmas story from the prophecies concerning Jesus; to his birth, death, and resurrection; culminating in the return of Jesus, Marty Machowski challenges families to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas."
Sally Michael,
Cofounder of Children Desiring God; author

"Prepare Him Room is one of the best resources I've seen to counter the commercialism, materialism, and sentimentalism that our culture serves up each Christmas. Through Scripture, creative stories, crafts, songs, prayers, and activities, families will be able to reflect on Christ's birth and the gospel with wonder, gratefulness, and joy. It was a privilege to collaborate with Marty on this project, and I can't recommend it highly enough."
Bob Kauflin,
Director of Sovereign Grace Music

"Prepare Him Room is an endearing, well-conceived, and memory-making resource for the Advent season. Do you want a devotional guide that is certain to become a part of your family's Christmas traditions? Then this is it. More importantly, do you want a devotional guide that links the birth of Christ to Easter and the gospel story in a way that will deepen your family's biblical understanding and bid you prepare him room in your hearts and home this Christmas? Then look no further."
Debra Bell
, Author of the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling

"I have twelve grandchildren who need the gospel, just like their Pop-Pop. That's why I'm so grateful my friend Marty has written Prepare Him Room. Parents, these short, simple, and Christ-centered devotionals will help you make the most of the Christmas season as you work to transfer the gospel to the next generation right in your home. May every heart prepare him room, as every home proclaims him as Lord!"
C. J. Mahaney
, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville

"Yet again, Marty Machowski gives us a solid, gospel-centered resource in his new book Prepare Him Room. I deeply appreciated the Advent devotionals that consistently pointed to Christ, and my children kept begging me to read the story of Christopher and the Bartimaeus house! In addition, new Advent songs by Bob Kauflin and activities for the children all make this a wonderful resource for every Advent season. Our family will treasure this for years to come."
Deepak Reju
, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Families, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; president, Biblical Counseling Coalition; author of The Pastor and Counseling and On Guard

Additional Details

SKU:
3002
Weight:
0.75 LBS
Width:
5.75 (in)
Height:
8.80 (in)
Depth:
0.50 (in)
Author:
Marty Machowski
ISBN-13 (Devotional):
978-1-939946-53-9
ISBN-13 (Curriculum):
978-1-939946-66-9
Publication Date:
10/01/2014
Format (Devotional):
Hardback
Format (Curriculum):
CD
Page Count:
96
Age Level:
Multiple
Read a Sample:
https://newgrowthpress.com/content/Samples/Prepare-Him-Room-Curriculum-Sample.pdf

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6 Reviews

  • 5
    Five Stars

    Published by W. Waechter on 10 11 2018

    Great Christmas curriculum!

  • 5
    Our Kids Love the Stories and Music!

    Published by The Dirt Road Mama on 10 11 2018

    Throughly enjoying this for Advent this year. Our kids love the stories and music!

  • 5
    Outstanding Resource

    Published by JP on 10 11 2018

    Marty Machowski has quickly become a favorite author in my home. With an 11 year old daughter and twin 2 1/2 year old boys I am always on the look out for new material to help me point them to Christ. My wife and I also currently teach a 1st-3rd grade Sunday School class and have found The Gospel Story Bible to be an extremely valuable resource. Needless to say, I was thrilled to receive this new release focusing on the birth of Christ. Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus is the perfect resource for families and churches to use this Advent season to point children to God's Big Picture plan in the birth of Christ. His birth is so much more than the birth of a baby and Machowski skillfully relates Old Testament promise to New Testament fulfillment in this wonderful book.

    The goal of Prepare Him Room is "to take you on an Advent journey, exploring some of the most significant prophecies of the Bible-prophecies that foretold Christ's coming hundreds of years before it happened. Then, it will lead you through the fulfillment of those same prophecies tracing the redemptive plan of God all the way to Christ's second advent." Prepare Him Room is divided into 4 sections each with 3 parts. Each section covers a week, offering 3 devotions per week. The layout for each week covers three main topics: 1) God's Promise 2) The Angel's Announcement and 3) The Fulfillment of God's Plan.

    In Part One of each week God's Promise is examined. These promises are from: Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 7:10-14, Micah 5:1-2 and Isaiah 42:1-7. This part of each week is set up to introduce children to various prophecies made in the Old Testament concerning Christ. Part Two, The Angel's Announcement, then turns the children's attention to the visits that Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds had as well as Simeon's announcement in the Temple. Part Three, then helps the children to see how God's plan didn't start in the manger, rather, God planned to save a people for Himself through Christ before the foundation of the world. In the fullness of time Christ came into the world and died, rose and ascended into heaven and will one day return. This is the big picture: God will complete His plan perfectly! Each week moves along this same path of Promise, Announcement, Fulfillment in a wonderful way to show kids how Christ coming to the world to secure redemption for His people is the central theme of the Bible.

    Each week also concludes with Bartimaeus: A Christmas Story. This is a heart warming story that plays out in an orphanage during Christmas time. This is such a nice addition to an already wonderful devotional book. I read through the story in one siting and look forward to reading it with my family and Sunday School class in the coming weeks.

    The Prepare Him Room Curriculum edition comes with a multimedia CD in addition to the book. The CD is loaded with lesson plans (PDF format) for three different age groups: Preschool (3-5 year olds), Lower Elementary (grades 1-3) and Upper Elementary (grades 4-6). Each lesson plan also comes in Color or Black & White which is helpful if printing color pages in large numbers doesn't fit in the church budget. These lessons break each week down for the teacher, showing what activities to do, what Scripture to read, what points to bring out, what to sing, when to pray, etc. Every section includes a time frame so the teacher can prepare ahead of time how they will flesh the lesson plan out in the classroom. This is definitely worth the purchase as it has so much to offer anyone who teaches in a classroom setting at church. I have already started looking through the lesson plans in anticipation of using it in the coming weeks.

    This is another outstanding work from Marty Machowski as he continues to provide the church with great resources! I highly recommend this book!

  • 5
    A Marvelous tool for Advent & Christmas

    Published by Kevin Sorensen on 10 11 2018

    God has blessed His church with many people, not least of whom is Marty Machowski. Marty has written several books to help families and churches teach their children well. Now, Machowski offers, 'Prepare Him Room–Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional'.

    Families of younger children (age 11 and under) will benefit greatly from this book.Prepare Him Room provides three sections for each of the four weeks of Advent. So, for example, if your family started usingPrepare Him Room on Sunday, November 30, you would do three sections that first week and so on. Then, there's a final reading for Christmas Day. Plus, Marty adds a new story called 'Bartimaeus' that will help bring it all together for all listeners. There are activities, songs, even recipes (in some of the sections) that will help make memories as well as help young participants treasure up the incarnation within their hearts. Families of slightly older children can still benefit. I would recommend having the older kids read the chapters to their siblings or be in charge of songs or baking. Grandparents: you, too, can be actively involved by purchasing these for your grandchildren, either as gifts or for you to use (if you live nearby).

    One of the things Machowski does so well in his books is tie the Old Testament and New Testament together. Drawing from Old Testament prophecies and showing their fulfillment in the New, the author helps all to see that God's Word is a whole; that the story of redemption is the singular theme.

    If your church is looking for ways to help Advent remain alive, not becoming stale in the same old, same old routine, then order the curriculum version of Prepare Him Room. There are class ideas along with a teaching CD which will prove helpful. One of the challenges each year, on these major church holidays, is taking a story that is so familiar it's almost become mundane. How sad, that the incarnation of our Lord should be reduced to that. Allow Marty Machowski to help breathe fresh air into this account and have families invigorated for this Advent season.

    As a father, grandfather and a pastor, I highly commend this book to you.

  • 5
    Just as Good as the Gospel Story for Kids

    Published by Peter Krol on 10 11 2018

    If my wife didn't forbid it, I would play Christmas music all year. I would give (and gladly receive) presents every day. I would sing "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!" every Sunday. I love Christmastime.

    So I was delighted to hear of Marty Machowski's new Advent devotional and classroom curriculum: Prepare Him Room. By using these resources in the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas, families and churches will lead their children through a study of Old Testament promises, Jesus' birth narratives, and New Testament explanations of Christ's person and work. This material ties the entire Bible together in a sound and simple-to-use package. I highly recommend it.

    How It Works

    If you're not familiar with Machowski's other works for children (The Gospel Story for Kids series), an explanation is in order. If you are familiar, and you'd like to get to the meat of my recommendation, you may want to scroll to the next section.

    With The Gospel Story for Kids (TGSFK), Machowski developed material for use in both churches and homes. The idea is that church children's ministries ought to support what parents do at home (duh!), and so the curriculum all fits together. The pieces are:

    - The Gospel Story Bible - a Bible storybook for young children
    - The Gospel Story Curriculum - lesson plans for Sunday Schools, grouped in 3 age classifications: preschool, lower elementary, upper elementary
    - Long Story Short - 10-minute family devotionals through the Old Testament
    - Old Story New - 10-minute family devotionals through the New Testament

    You can use any part of the package independently of the others (for example, if your church doesn't want the curriculum, but you want to use the family devotionals at home). But if you use them all together, they take your children through the entire Bible in 3 years (a year and a half for each testament), and your children will experience the walk through three times (once at each age level: preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary). All children and families are studying the same Bible passage each week, in an age-appropriate fashion.

    Prepare Him Room works just like the rest of TGSFK series, except that it's designed just for Advent season. There is a family devotional book, and a CD with lesson plans for classrooms. For those using TGSFK materials, Prepare Him Room will give you a 4-week break to focus on the birth of Christ.

    Why I Like It

    My church has used TGSFK for over a year now, and we love it. We use the curriculum for ages 3-11, and a church member donated money to give every family with copies of the Bible storybook and family devotionals. We had a special meeting with everyone to kick it off, and I'm scheduled to lead a seminar this Sunday to refresh those who need encouragement to press on in family devotions.

    It has not proven to be a magical ambrosia guaranteeing eternal life to all who partake; we still have to train teachers, equip parents, and shepherd children's messy hearts. Christian discipleship is a heavy business that resists oversimplification and systematization. But these tools have made our job simple and delightful, and here's why:

    - Machowski focuses on reading the Bible. His materials supplement the Scriptures but do not replace them. Even in the children's Bible storybook, much space is spent quoting the text of Scripture. The upper elementary curriculum trains students to read and study the Scripture for themselves. Hurrah!

    - Every class lesson explicitly connects the Bible passage to the gospel. No child can escape the weekly mantra: "The gospel is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our salvation." The most eye-catching part of each lesson plan is the little box explaining how that week's text preaches the gospel.

    - When every child and family reads the same passages each week, it grows our identity as a community. We have shared material to discuss informally. And every time a teacher reads from the story Bible or devotional, at least one child is guaranteed to shout, "We have that book at home, too!"

    - The family devotions are short. When the subtitle says Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, it speaks truth. We've been able to work ours in at dinner time, and it rarely feels like a burden. There are devotions for 5 days per week, but when we're feeling overwhelmed with our family schedule we can drop the 5th one without losing too much continuity. It hardly takes any time, but without sacrificing depth.

    - The lesson plans are easily adaptable. They give suggestions in 5-10 minute chunks to cover a class up to 80 minutes long. Our church schedule allows for only 40 minutes of class time, but it's not hard for teachers to figure out which chunks to drop to fit within our constraints.

    - The lessons require little preparation. Of course, the best teachers (not me) spend oodles of time and have terrific lessons. I teach, not because I live to teach children, but because I want to serve. And this curriculum doesn't cost me too much. I can gather my props in 5 minutes and spend the bulk of my preparation in study and prayer. I'm not chasing down construction paper, wiping off bottles of glue, or picking glitter out of my hair. Perhaps I'm showing too much of my hand, though, and other teachers may prefer supply scavenger hunts.

    A Few Qualifications

    Though this review is about Prepare Him Room, the Advent devotional and curriculum, I couldn't review it without reference to the rest of The Gospel Story For Kids series. If you like TGSFK, you'll love Prepare Him Room. If you're unfamiliar with TGSFK, Prepare Him Room may be a painless introduction to the model.

    As with the rest of TGSFK, you can buy Prepare Him Room as either a set of family devotionals or a classroom curriculum. There are just a few differences with Prepare Him Room, when compared to TGSFK:

    - The family book includes devotionals for just 3 days per week.
    - The family book also includes a 4-chapter story, one chapter per week, to serve as a fourth family time. The story is okay but not great, and I wish there was a fourth devotion in the Scripture each week instead.
    - Sovereign Grace produced a CD of carols old and new to go with Prepare Him Room.
    - For some reason, the fourth week of the Sunday School curriculum doesn't match up with the fourth week's family devotional topic.

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