Ahlan wa Sahlan: Welcome! Advent Stories for Children is a new curriculum designed to help children connect the Christmas stories in the Bible to real children who live in those places today. In this material you will visit Nazareth, Ein Karem, Bethlehem, and Beit Sahour and meet Nagham, John, Ronza, and Marianne-- four children who live in the cities where the Nativity story takes place. See how they find meaning in the stories from the Bible that happened in their hometowns!
Each city features a lesson containing a letter from a child in that city as well as a craft and activity, and can be implemented in a variety of ways such as in Sunday school, children’s church programs, or a special Advent children’s event. Connect your children to Global Ministries’ Middle East Initiative and help them understand how their faith is connected to real people and real places in the world today. The Bible stories are explained in their historical context and encourage children to consider what those stories mean for them.
Through personal stories, the message of Advent and the promise of hope, peace, joy and love found in Jesus’ birth is conveyed in new and meaningful ways.