Looking for fun ways to celebrate Advent & Lent with the children in your life?
The Jesse Tree – Advent
What Is Advent?
The word “Advent” means coming. The fourth Sunday before Christmas marks the beginning of Advent season. Advent is a time of waiting – for Christmas and for the coming of Jesus to our world. During Advent, we prepare our hearts and our homes to celebrate the birth of the Messiah.
What is a Jesse Tree?
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” – Isaiah 11:1
Jesse was the grandson of Ruth and Boaz. Jesse was the father of King David. The prophet Isaiah prophesied that a very special person would come from Jesse’s family. This person was Jesus Christ, the Messiah. The Jesse Tree traces Jesus’ lineage all the way back through the Old Testament. A collection of stories make up the Jesse Tree – stories of Jesus’ family and Israelite history. The Jesse Tree is a fun way to celebrate Advent with the children in your life.
How To Use The Jesse Tree
On the first Sunday of Advent, read the first story in The Jesse Tree – Creation. Depending which resource you are using and the age of the children, read the story/devotion, turn to the scripture passage, discuss the question in the Talk About section and read the prayer. Do this every day during the Advent season, in numerical order, finishing up on Christmas morning with the final story – Jesus Is Born! *You can also encourage the children to turn to the scripture passage in their Bibles, or lead the Jesse Tree devotions with your family.*
The Jesse Tree – 28 Colouring Pages With Stories For Advent – Each page highlights a story of Jesus’ lineage or Israelite history & an illustration to colour.
The Jesse Tree – 28 Family Devotions For Advent – Each devotion highlights a story of Jesus’ lineage or Israelite history, a scripture reference to read, a discussion idea and a prayer reading.
The Jesse Tree – 28 Ornaments For Advent: Family Devotions & Images To Colour – Includes ready-to-read devotions and ready-to-colour illustrations. The devotions match up with the symbolic images. Attach the coloured images and/or devotions to construction paper, wood cut-outs, string, etc. & hang on a tree or garland. Laminate for a keepsake.
The Jesus Tree – Lent
What is Lent?
Lent is a special time of year. It leads us right up to Easter and helps us focus on Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Many people choose to give up something for Lent, to help them remember Jesus giving up his life for us on the cross. Others practice Lent by doing something kind for people every day. There are many ideas for making Lent a wonderful time with your family.
What is The Jesus Tree?
The Jesus Tree is one of those wonderful ideas I just mentioned! I’ve put together a set of 48 daily devotions for your family to use during this season of Lent. Included each day is a story from Jesus’ life, a scripture reading, a discussion question, and a prayer. These devotions can be made into ornaments to hang on a tree, or an Easter garland, or wherever you like! Your family will learn all about Jesus’ life – from birth to resurrection. Watch your family’s faith grow as The Jesus Tree grows!
How To Use The Jesus Tree Family Devotions
On the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday), read the first story in The Jesus Tree book. Children can turn to the scripture passage in their Bible if they are old enough. Discuss the question(s) in the Talk About section and read the prayer with the children. Do this every day during the season of Lent, in numerical order, finishing up on Easter Monday.
*You can also encourage the children to lead the Jesus Tree devotions with your family.*
The Jesus Tree – 48 Family Devotions for Lent – Each devotion highlights a story of Jesus’ life, a scripture reference to read, a discussion idea and a prayer reading.