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November 27, 2005

Jesse Tree Bible Study. . . You're Invited

Gentle Christian Mothers will be hosting an Advent Bible study, based on the Jesse Tree. The Bible study begins the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th. It will be hosted in the Drawing Closer/Bible Study forum, which is accessible to all registered GCM members. (New mamas are invited to join!)

As Hannah Jo, one of the Bible study leaders explains, "A Jesse Tree displays the family tree of Jesus. All the pivitol events in the Old Testament are drawn together to trace God's faithfulness throughout the generations and the working out of His plan for the salvation of mankind through the coming messiah."

The GCM Jesse Tree Bible study will follow these symbols and scriptures.

Many families are building the Jesse Tree into part of their family Christmas tradition. Here are some daily family devotions based on the Jesse Tree.

Our family has a felt Jesse Tree made by a dear friend over a decade ago for her family. Her children are grown now, and she's shared it with us. It's one of my boys favorite parts of the holiday, building anticipation to the celebration of the coming of the Christ Child.

Curious about what a Jesse Tree looks like?
Jesse Tree 1
Jesse Tree 2
Jesse Tree 3
Jesse Tree 4
Jesse Tree 5

"Children love helping to make the ornaments," says Hannah Jo, "and the Jesse Tree can be a teaching tool to help pass on the faith to yet another generation. We're looking forward to enjoying this tradition together with you!"

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Wow, you've been busy today! Thanks for all this info. We started doing a Jesse tree three years ago and the girls really enjoy it. I just pulled our things out of our little storage cage below our building this morning (sick kids here, we stayed home today).

The Bible study looks like something I would benefit from, but it appears I can't join the group due to some slight parenting differences of opinion. I don't suppose you would mind posting the highlights of the study here, would you? :)

Happy Season!

Posted by: Megan at November 27, 2005 12:47 PM

Interesting, I've just been pondering Advent and wrote a lenthy post about my ponderings. I'm interested in looking at your links more in-depth. Thanks for the info!

Posted by: Monica at November 27, 2005 02:40 PM

Great timing--I just finished making our family's Jesse Tree, using the very same site you are using. Sounds interesting.

Posted by: Brooke at November 27, 2005 02:42 PM

We have been using those very same symbols/verses for our Jesse Tree for four years now. Every year the boys understand the concept a little better.

Posted by: Amie at November 27, 2005 03:08 PM

Hello TulipGirl,
I was so excited to see that you guys do the Jesse tree too! My little boys love it. Ours is usually done by painting the symbols onto paper which we then tie onto a gum tree branch with ribbons. My little ones love telling the stories to anyone who comes to our house during Advent and asks what the big stick in the middle of our lounge room is. Please post and tell us all the wonderful things your little ones discover through doing the Jesse tree this year. Enjoy!

Posted by: missmellifluous at November 27, 2005 09:59 PM

Thanks for the links. My husband and I were just talking today about how sad we were that we haven't begun a strong Advent tradition within our little family. Now that Maya's three, it seems appropriate.

I hope that, even amidst moving chaos, we can start this year, not next. Thanks again!

Posted by: serina at November 28, 2005 01:00 AM

Thank you SO much for posting this! We just adopted 2 children (Samuel and Keziah) in July, and this is our first Christmas celebrating Advent together as a family!!! We are VERY excited!! I bought Noel Pipers (www.desiringgod.org) advent calendar for this year, but was looking forward to using this next year to make something of our own...something like THIS!!! grace and peace in Christ, Shawnda

Posted by: Shawnda at November 28, 2005 10:24 PM

Oooh, good stuff. We've never celebrated (?) Advent, but I'm curious about it. I'll have to check out those links!

Posted by: Jenn at November 29, 2005 12:49 PM

The study sounds like a nice idea. I just posted a picture of our Jesse Tree from last year. It looks totally different than the ones you linked to. Maybe I should have researched them before I went ahead with mine! :-)
http://parentingdecisions.com/blog/2005_11.html#003849

Posted by: Carol at November 29, 2005 02:43 PM

Love, Love LOVE the Jesse tree celebration! *HIGHLIGHT* of our season for the last 6 years. Humble gratitude for shouting about it from your soapbox--the world NEEDS to hear about an alternative way to celebrate!
Warmly,
Ann V. HolyExperience

Posted by: Ann V. HolyExperience at November 30, 2005 11:04 PM

I can't tell you how happy I am that other mamas have been encouraged to make / do a Jesse Tree with their kids this advent. *grin*


Megan, you wrote, "but it appears I can't join the group due to some slight parenting differences of opinion."

I had differed on the stated beliefs when I joined, too. And I still have differing opinions from many mamas there--there is a wide cross-section of Christian moms represented.

I have been encouraged to nurture and discipline my children to the glory of God and to apply the Gospel in all aspects of life by other women there. If you believe you would be encouraged, too--then please join. But I do understand if the differences are such that joining would be stressful and not a blessing. *hug*

The heart of the study is found here, and would make a great personal study, or guideline for advent with the children. In the past, we've set aside the bulk of our homeschooling, and taken the month of December to observe advent and do Christmas related projects.

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 2, 2005 12:20 AM

Hello TulipGirl,
Do you have any photos of your Jesse Tree this year? I would also love to hear an update on how the boys are enjoying the Jesse Tree. Children say the best things!

My boys have started a Jesse Tree Blog this year, with a little help from their mama. Come over and have a look if you like. There are pictures of our tree which looks quite different to the ones you have shown, but it does the same thing.

Hope you are enjoying Advent.

Posted by: missmellifluous at December 5, 2005 06:27 AM


 
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