Issue #42 - December  7, 2010              For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. ~ Jesus  


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1) Teacher Training?

2) Advent Program
3) You've Got Mail -- Christmas Devotion
4) Traveling Nativity
5) Receiving & Giving Gifts -- Devotion

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1) Teacher Training?

thanks for sending me mail. i want to know about the possibility that i could come there and attend classes to improve as a Sunday school teacher. i am waiting your reply. if there is any possibility, than tell me what can i do for that. thanks.

--from SSTN: currently we offer teacher training classes to churches located in southeast Florida--we travel to them. At this time, there are no classes scheduled. For those who would like to sponsor a class in your church, please visit the following page:


2) Advent Program

We have a very small church in Idaho, USA. I did this for my Sunday School class. I got online and found some information on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Put it all together in a little booklet using my computer. The wreath was a simple paper plate with holes punched in the rim and green & red tissue paper put through the holes. The candles were TP tubes decorated with wrapping paper and a yellow pipe cleaner for the flame. Each Sunday in Advent we "lit" a candle, read the information and Bible verse in the booklet and said a prayer. This isn't much but perhaps you could insert some other activities. 

Jan Warren
Ririe Chapel
Ririe, Idaho 

--from SSTN: there are several Advent Wreath ideas in the website, including the "No-Flame" Advent Wreath. To locate them, type "Advent Wreath" into the home page search tool at: 


3) You've Got Mail - Christmas Devotion

Do you like to get mail? Most people do – especially kids. When I was a kid, the mail I received was always good stuff…like birthday cards, or a get well card when I was sick, or maybe an invitation to a party. Since I became an adult, I don’t always like my mail, because it might be a bill reminding me that I owe money – or a letter with bad news. (Show some business envelopes you have received as you discuss the adult mail.)

Getting mail at Christmas time can be a lot more fun than the rest of the year. Almost ALL the mail

To read the rest of the "You've Got Mail" devotion, visit the "Christmas Lessons & Advent Season Talks" page at: 



4) Traveling Nativity

This year our entire family cannot get together on Christmas Eve for our traditional Christmas, so I have asked those that can come - and friends that would like to join us, to become a TRAVELING (living) Nativity scene that night!

We complain how the right to have nativity scenes is being taken away in the USA. Although our family doesn't own a yard nativity (we live in the woods in the country so no one would see it) we thought we would have some unique fun and take our "live nativity" on the road.

The plan is for everyone to bring their own blankets, sheets, towels, whatever is needed to cover our coats and look like shepherds etc. Our "caravan" will travel in as many cars as needed to our destinations. 

We have several gals, so we will take turns being Mary. One of my granddaughters is excited to bring her favorite baby doll, wrapped in swaddling clothes to be Baby Jesus for us. 

A shiny star will be attached to a pole and place high above our group, while someone yields a flashlight to shine on the star and we all sing - "JOY To The World" and "Silent Night" and neighbors and friends yards. 

Right now there is a pretty good snow on the ground in Indiana with the strong possibility to stay cold enough not to melt away and perhaps fresh snow to be added by Christmas Eve! We are looking forward to making some great memories, blessing other families and exercising our right to "display" a nativity scene. 

Won't you join us?

Emmalea Butler
Trafalgar, IN

--from SSTN: what a fantastic idea...can't wait to see the pictures and hear the results!



5) Receiving & Giving Gifts -- Devotion

When Thanksgiving is over, we start thinking about the next holiday…Christmas!

What do you suppose most kids think is the best thing about Christmas? (Getting gifts – some will say that we celebrate the birth of Christ.) I can understand both answers because JESUS coming to earth is the greatest gift our world could ever receive, and everyone LOVES receiving gifts. 

Did you ever receive a...
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