“In addition to the Sabbath, these are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year.”  Leviticus 23:4

These words were spoken to Moses as God laid out the festivals that the Israelites were to observe from that point on.  These festivals, or feasts, were to be a time to pause and remember what God had done for His people.

Here at CrossRoads Kids we, too, take time to pause, remember, and celebrate what God has done in both the scriptures we’ve learned about and what He’s done in our lives!  Every six weeks we have a “Remember and Celebrate” Sunday.  This fun-filled day is themed around one of the festivals God appointed the Israelites to celebrate.  The children are introduced to what that festival is about, there are activities that tie-in, and we usually play a fun (sometimes rowdy!) review game.

A few months ago, the Remember and Celebrate day focused on the Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths; Lev. 23:42-43), where the people lived in tents or temporary shelters for seven days while they celebrated God’s many blessings.  CrossRoads Kids were invited to construct their own tent-like tabernacle in their classrooms to become familiar with what a tabernacle was.  Then, we all gathered in the Theatre, which was set up to look like a campground!  As they sat around the “campfire” among the tents, children shared stories about how God had been faithful to them or people they know.  It was a special time to identify with the Israelites a bit in celebrating our God!

We now have a NEW part of the Remember and Celebrate days that invites you, families, to participate with us!  Just as joining together in fellowship was a key part of the Old Testament festivals, we would love for you to join with us.  What better way to see what your child has been learning about and interact with his/her church community!  You are invited to stay for the entire service or for the Welcome Activity portion during the first 10 minutes.  Regardless of the length of your stay, it would bless us, your child, and hopefully yourself to join in on remembering and celebrating the character of our God.

We hope to see you at our next Remember and Celebrate Sunday on January 11*, as we focus on the Festival of First Fruits and reflect on the past 6 weeks of Big God Stories!

* occurring at all services, in all grades Kindergarten-Grade 6.

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