Child Discipleship: Christmas Gathering Questions

Nook Time: think of grandma’s house with the smell of cinnamon rolls baking and the sun pouring in — a place of warmth and security. This is what we want to create for the kids when they first arrive.

Disciplers sit on the floor with the kids and engage them in conversation.

The questions for this relational gathering time are non-spiritual but do tie to the scripture and concepts being taught at that gathering. Read through and see if you can connect the questions to possible concepts taught at Christmas. Are there some you could use in the next few weeks?

As you go through your lesson you can refer back to the discussion you had in the beginning – it brings the lesson alive and makes it personal.

  • Is there a promise that someone has made to you that you are still waiting to be fulfilled? You don’t have to tell us what it is but you may if you want to do so.
  • Why do you celebrate Christmas?
    No right or wrong answer here.
  • What do you have planned to do tomorrow?
    • Could those plans change? Why would they change? Do your plans seem to change often?
  • What is your favorite part of Christmas? Why?
  • What would you most like to know about the future? Why?
  • Have you ever had something happen to you that your glad you didn’t know it was going to happen before it did? If so, if you want to share it we’d love to hear about it.
  • What friend do you have today who you believe will still be your friend when you are an adult? Why do you think that is true?
  • Where would you like to live as an adult? Why?
  • Do you want to get married and have a family when you grow up? Why or why not.
  • What are your plans for this coming week?
  • Do you like to make plans? Why or why not?
  • In your family who is the one that does the most planning? Why do you think that is?
  • What is your favorite memory of Christmas?
  • Where do you think would be the most creative place to hide Christmas gifts?
  • Does hiding Christmas gifts require planning? Why or why not?
    It does because one has to think through who might go into that space.
    Timing also is important.
  • What would you most enjoy planning? How would you do it?
  • Would you like to know everything that is going to happen in the rest of your life? Why or why not?
  • Is there anybody you would like to get to know better? How would you go about getting to know them
  • Do you know what you will get for Christmas? Do your parents know that you know? What will you do, feel, if you are wrong?
  • When in your life have you ever felt the most joy?
  • What is the strangest thing you have ever seen?
  • Do you like being around babies? Why or why not?
  • What is wisdom?
    • Can a wise person do stupid things?
      Yes if you refuse to follow the wisdom/truth.
  • What planning has your family done to celebrate Christmas?
  • Who do you most enjoy spending Christmas with? Why?
  • What is your favorite Christmas decoration? Why?
  • Which holiday of the year do you most look forward to? Why?
  • Do you enjoy babies? Why or why not?
  • How old was the youngest baby you have ever held? What did you feel as you held the baby?

About Wanda

I have worked with children and families for over 40 years in both secular and Christian settings. • Following college I joined VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) and served in a migrant labor camp in Texas. • After VISTA I married Joe Parker. Joe was a Boy’s Club Director and we served in several inner city and barrio areas in So. California. • I served as Children’s Director and Family Pastor in three Orange County Churches. During this time I was a co—founder of CCMA • Right after the Los Angeles riots, and while serving as Family Pastor at Mariners Church in Newport Beach, Campus Crusade approached me to develop a reproducible ministry to reach children in inner city areas of America, known today as S.A.Y. Yes! Centers of America. • In 1998 I was invited along with 25 others, representing every continent of the world, to be part of a symposium in England. This was the initial gathering for the creation of a curriculum to equip people working with children living in difficult circumstances. Celebrating Children is taught today in Christian universities around the world. • In 2001 KidTrek was begun, a unique ministry to equip the Church to disciple children. Married for 47 years, I have three married children and eight grandchildren who walk with the Lord. The greatest gift a mother could ever have.
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