To help the children to think about getting ready for Christmas, and what Christmas is about.
Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1 and Luke 1. The birth of Jesus.
You will need:
A bag of objects which give clues to special events eg sunglasses and suntan cream for a holiday; some baby powder and a bib for a new baby; some make-up and a hat for a wedding; some decorations and an Advent calendar.
- Play a guessing game with the objects in a bag, asking what the children think you might be getting ready for with each pair of things.
- Ask what they have seen happening as people get ready for Christmas – shopping, baking, putting up decorations etc.
Christmas is the time when people celebrate Jesus being born as a baby. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born at the first Christmas, God helped people to be ready for his coming. He sent lots of different people as messengers to tell everyone to be ready, because one day God’s special person would come.
These are some of the words that one of them, Isaiah, said ‘A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called “Wonderful Counsellor”, “Mighty God”, “Eternal Father”, “Prince of Peace”.’ (Isaiah 9:6, Good News Bible)
Finally God sent an angel to tell Mary to get ready, because this wonderful baby would be born to her.
Show again the baby things that you have, and explain how Mary would not have got these sort of things together to be ready, but she would have made some preparations.
God also sent a message to Joseph, to tell him to get ready for the coming of Jesus, this very special baby.
- Ask why they think God went to so much trouble, telling people to get ready.
- Explain that Jesus was born so we could know God better and understand how much he loves us.
- Christians call this time of year Advent, a time to be ready for Jesus’ coming. Suggest that as the children get ready for Christmas they remember the coming of Jesus too. If they have an Advent calendar at home they could remember Jesus as they open the door each day.
Ask the children for ideas of what excites them about getting ready for Christmas, and use these as a short prayer to say ‘thank you’ to God for each of these, and for Jesus.
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