Children's Ministry December 2018 Newsletter

Ministry Spotlight

Robert Murphy - Song and Story Leader in 4's and 5's Class

murphy robert 2018 We welcome to our team of song and story leaders’ rotation Robert Murphy who began attending FBC three years ago with his family while he was attending Cal Poly Pomona. Robert has since graduated and is employed as a Civil Engineer in Ontario. He is the son of Harvey and Heather Ignacio and the oldest of three brothers. Growing up in a Christian home, Robert professed faith in Christ in high school.

Having served in AWANA, Sunday school, and children’s choir at his previous church, Robert has a gift for sharing the truths of the Bible with children at a level they can understand. “I have always loved working with kids, and helping them learn God's word and other studies I'm passionate about is a blessing both ways, but my main goal is to point them to Christ.” Through opportunities while he was growing up, Robert shares, “I used to be an actor, and that helped me with confidence and public speaking, which I believe translates well into working with kids.”

You can also catch Robert serving as a leader in Sparks on Sunday evenings or at Crossroads on Wednesday evenings. Robert has found the fellowship of Christians here to be a strong body of believers in both truth and love for one another. He loves doing anything with friends and family, whether it's outdoors or indoors, and especially enjoys golfing and making his own music.

December Bible Lessons


December 2

God Establishes the Priesthood

Leviticus 9:22–10:7

  • Students will understand that man needs a mediator to come to a holy God.
  • Sinful people cannot go directly to God. 

  • God made priests, who would make offerings to God 
for the people. 

  • The priests had to obey God’s laws. 

  • Nadab and Abihu did not obey God and were killed. 

  • Jesus was the sinless priest who can help sinners come to God. 

  • Trust only Jesus to bring you to God. 

  • Confess your sins to God and ask Jesus to help you. 

  • Worship God with the right attitudes and actions. 

December 9

The King Is Born

Matthew 1:1–25

  • Students will see God’s grace in human history through the birth of the Son of God.
  • God is sovereign and shows grace to sinful men. 

  • Jesus is both God and man. 

  • Joseph showed faith when he obeyed God’s commands. 

  • Jesus came to save people from their sins. 

  • God fulfilled His promise that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.

December 16

The King Is Adored

Matthew 2:1–12

  • Students will learn from the wise men how to adore the King of kings. 

  • The wise men came from the East to worship Jesus. 

  • The wise men followed a star to find where Jesus lived. 

  • The wise men brought Jesus gifts. 

December 23

Christmas Story

Luke 2:1-40

  • Students will learn that Jesus was born in Bethlehem just as it was prophesied.
  • Joseph and Mary traveled from Galilee to Bethlehem together to register for the census.
  • While there Mary gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
  • Angels appeared to the shepherds that night to tell of the birth of Christ the Lord.
  • Simeon and Anna were in the temple when Jesus was brought there as an infant and recognized Jesus as the Lord’s chosen one to save the world from sin.

 December 30

The King Is Preserved

Matthew 2:13–23

  • Students will see God’s sovereignty, protection, and providence in directing
 and preserving the Son of God and fulfilling Scripture.
  • God protected Jesus from Herod. 

  • Herod tried to kill Jesus. 

  • Joseph obeyed God without delay. 

  • Jesus was raised in Nazareth. 

 Kids for Christ

Children in 1st grade through 6th grade will be dismissed prior to the sermon on Sunday mornings and line up outside the Worship Center where the teacher will then walk them to the Chapel. Each week the Bible lessons listed above will be covered. Our December teachers are Mrs. Buehl, Mrs. A, and Mrs. Wilson. 

The children in 1st through 6th grade will remain with their parents on December 23rd for our Christmas service.

Children’s Library

Come visit our Children's Library and see what has been added to our collection!

New Books

 Screen Shot 2018-11-27 at 10.29.19 AMTheologian Dr. R.C. Sproul has written a series of children’s books designed to present deep biblical truths to children on their own level.  There are six hardbound books in this series and are excellent for family reading. 

The Donkey Who Carried a King offers a unique perspective on the events of Jesus’ Passion Week and calls all believers, both young and old, to follow in the footsteps of the Suffering Servant for the glory of God. Jesus was willing to leave the glories of heaven to suffer and die in this world on our behalf, so we should serve Him with all our hearts.

 The Priest with Dirty Clothes teaches the concept of imputation, which lies at the heart of the important biblical doctrine of justification. In this classic tale, Dr. R.C. Sproul continues his project of illustrating theological concepts for children.

Richly illustrated, The Prince's Poison Cup will help children appreciate the great love of God for His people and the awful price Jesus had to pay because of sin. A "For Parents" section provides assistance in unfolding the biblical elements of the story.

In The Lightlings, Dr. R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings are a picture of humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama - creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again.

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray is an imaginative tale, based on a true story, begins one evening with Mr. McFarland leading family devotions. When his daughter asks him how she should pray, Mr. McFarland shares a 500-year-old story—a story about a barber and his famous customer.

The Knight's Map is a story about a knight, a mysterious letter, and a search for priceless treasure. Hearkening back to John Bunyan, this colorfully illustrated allegory entrusts young readers and listeners with precious confidence in God’s word. Amid doubt and confusion, bad advice, skepticism and wrong turns, the knight’s only sure guide is the word of the Great King.