ALPHA and OMEGA Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. As the first and last of the Greek alphabet, the Alpha and Omega represent the One in whom creation began and by whom it will one day end. Its usage as an early Christian symbol is based upon Revelation 1:8: "’I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending’, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty".
These are "red letter" words--meaning they were spoken by Jesus about Himself.
Discuss: The verse and the name. Talk about beginnings and endings.
MATH: You may wish to discuss the geometric shape of a circle. Does a circle have a beginning or an ending? Let the little ones identify as many circles as they can find. Older students may wish to explore geometry such as the formulas for the area of a circle, how to find the radius and/or diameter of a circle, and the concept of “pi” (3.14….)
LANGUAGE ARTS: Learn the Greek Symbols for Alpha and Omega. (Altnernative: Learn how to say and write whole Greek Alphabet)
JOURNAL ACTIVITY: Do your journal page. (For your journal, you could take pictures of the children making the activity below. Then take a picture of them holding it up.)
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY: A possible discussion could be about the development of the alphabet up to the Greek and Roman alphabets and how they were used in Biblical times.
COOKING RECIPE: You may wish to make one of the homemade clays (recipes at the end of this book) and use the clay to create a “chi ro” symbol.
CRAFT: Decorate your home with a Christmas banner showing the Greek symbols Alpha and Omega. Use about a yard of felt for the background. Make a casing and insert a dowel pole or stick to hang it from. Use other colors of felt to cut out your decorations and glue them to the background.
SERVICE PROJECT IDEA: Make a “thinking of you” card. Decorate the front of it with a “chi ro” symbol (see the graphic above from day one). On the inside of the card, send a note to someone who is house bound or in the hospital letting them know that you are thinking of them and also explain about the meaning of the “chi ro” symbol.
SAMPLE PRAYER: Thank you for being the beginning and the ending and all things in between. Thank you for always being there. Help me to remember that I am never alone because you are with me always. Amen.
ALTERNATIVE BIBLE VERSE CITATIONS: Revelation 1:8, Revelation 21:6
Alpha and Omega G E T T E F B S R V J Y B R T
Y N F P T U H I K R M R X X X
F B I H H R H T B D T F R B S
X P R N R A D I N S T V F D P
F O S Q N O I T A L E V E R W
Z Y T H G I M L A R B M N O Z
L R K E E R G E S J A W S L E
I E M S D X X E G N H Y X F L
I A I Z U L E H B A P B V P N
F E M O L S Y M B O L O H L A
I Y B Q G T E N D A A T H S Y
S J Z Z O J Q J H X O U H B A
R O J U L O Z O P B Q F G L S
K H O Y J X K Q Y J R Y Y C W
S S S K C Z W B A Z V R E S K
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 2 2:13
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13