December 2014 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!

Merry Christmas! It’s here! It’s here! The bestest time of year! That’s right, friends, Christmas is just around the corner. This year, we are sharing THE BESTEST NEWS EVER with our preschoolers. You know what the bestest news ever is? That God sent us His Son, Jesus, on that very first Christmas day. Yes, THE CHRISTMAS STORY is truly the bestest news ever.

We’re going to have a great time this year sharing the Christmas story with our preschool friends. Each week, they will be introduced to a section of a fun rhyme so that by the end of the month they will be able to share the entire Christmas story with anyone and everyone they meet. Imagine it: Every preschooler in your church knowing the Christmas story. That truly would be the bestest thing ever.

We’ll start the month with the story of how the angel came and told Mary she was going to have a special baby named Jesus. Then, during week two, Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to find no room in the inn, and Baby Jesus is born in a stable. The shepherds enter the story in week three and run to meet this special baby. Finally, the wisemen arrive in week four completing both the rhyme we wrote and the Christmas story.

We’re excited to offer you a very special opportunity to share the Christmas story with your preschool families. We have created a beautiful book that you can send home with every preschooler during the month of December. It will be available in the Orange store by mid-October. Not only does this book have amazing graphics, it contains the fun rhyme the kids will be learning all month long. They can truly hear the same thing at church and at home. Now, that is the bestest news ever!

Don’t forget that we’re partnering with Operation Christmas Child for our yearly service project. We’ve provided an entire tab on the download matrix with instructions on how your church can partner with OCC. Be sure to check it out as soon as possible in order to plan your OCC collection. This tab is available in the September, October, and November curriculum as that is when the preparation and collection takes place.

Maggie and Mabel are in the clubhouse for our Wonder! Look at God’s Story DVD this month. They are working together to make a book to share the “Bestest News Ever” with their new friend who received an OCC box they made in October. The Wonder! DVD is available at The reThink Store, and you can even sign up for a monthly subscription. Use this DVD to supplement a live Storyteller and/or Host for the Make It True section of the curriculum.

December’s Preview Video will be on the First Look website. You can also purchase a download of the video for your church’s use at The reThink Store. This product includes the script we used in case you want to record it yourself. If you’d like to embed the video into your church blog, we have it available on Vimeo. Feel free to share the vision with everyone!

Our team will be praying for you to have moments filled with wonder as you give preschoolers a “first look” at the God who loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.

Kathy Hill
Editor in Chief, First Look
The reThink Group

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