Friday, March 27, 2015

An Angel tells about God’s Son - GREAT LESSON FOR CHRISTMAS

by Kimber Bailey Scott
Luke 1:26-38

His Name was Jesus
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

His name was Jesus
His name was Jesus
Thank You, God, for Jesus
His name was Jesus

The Baby Jesus
By Dana Eynon

A stable (make house with hands)
A manger (make box with hands)
A baby (cradle baby)
With animals all around (arms outstretched)
The baby is sleeping (folded hands against cheek)
Let’s tiptoe (walk on tiptoe)
And not make even a sound (Shhh!)

Pretend to talk on a toy phone or your cell phone. I’m happy! Do you know what I was talking about? I heard some happy news. My friend is going to have a new baby brother! Wow, that is such good news! Boys and girls, when you have some happy news, how can you tell your friends your happy news? There are lots of ways to tell people happy news. In our Bible story, someone hears some happy news. Let’s listen to find out that happy news.

The Bible tells about a young woman named Mary. Mary loved God very much, and He loved her. God chose Mary for a special job. He had some happy news for her. God didn’t write Mary a letter or call her on the phone. He found a special way to tell her.

One day God sent an angel to tell Mary some happy news. Maybe the angel knocked on the door. Let’s knock. When the angel saw Mary, he said, “Hello, Mary. God loves you very much. He is with you.” Mary was surprised. She had never met an angel before. Can you look surprised? Mary wondered why the angel was there. Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. You are going to have a baby. You will call Him Jesus. He will be God’s Son.”

What happy news did the angel tell Mary? What was Mary to name her baby? In the Bible we can find the answer. His name was Jesus.” Jesus is the special baby.

The Bible says, “His name was…Jesus“ Can you say those words with me? Say them louder. Say them softer. Give each one a Bible (or share) & ask each to say, “His name was…Jesus“ Luke 2:21

SNACK: Christmas Blessing Snack Mix
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together. You can make this mix as a family and eat
while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Christmas. Each ingredient in this snack mix
symbolizes something associated with the Birth of Christ.
· Gummy Fruit – To symbolize the fruit we are to produce as Christians. Luke 1:41-42 - King
James Version (KJV) 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary,
the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spoke out
with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
· Bugles Corn Snacks - Shaped like a trumpet to remind us of the angels we have heard on
high. Luke 2:13-14 - New International Reader's Version (NIRV) 13 Suddenly a large group of
angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said, 14 "May glory be given to
God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!"
· Peanuts - Plant the seeds for peace on Earth. Luke 2:15-18 – (NIRV) 15 The angels left and went
into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem. Let's see this thing
that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and
Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. 17 After the shepherds had seen him, they
told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. 18 All who heard it were
amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
· Stars - Memories of those who came before us to lead us into a blessed future. Matthew 2:1-2 -
(NIRV) 1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea.
After Jesus' birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. 2 They asked, "Where is the child who
has been born to be king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have
come to worship him."
· Hershey's Kisses - The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives. Matthew 2:10-11 -
(NIRV) 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. 11 The Wise Men went to the house.
There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they
opened their treasures. They gave him gold, incense and myrrh.
· Red Hots - The blood that Jesus was born to shed for our salvation. Luke 2:26-32 - (NIRV) 26
The Spirit had told Simeon that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 The Spirit
led him into the temple courtyard. Then Jesus' parents brought the child in. They came to do for
him what the Law required. 28 Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said, 29 "Lord,
you are the King over all. Now let me, your servant, go in peace. That is what you promised. 30 My
eyes have seen your salvation. 31 You have prepared it in the sight of all people. 32 It is a light to be
given to those who aren't Jews. It will bring glory to your people Israel."
· Pretzels - Arms folded in prayer in thanksgiving and worship. Luke 2:36-38 - (NIRV) 36 There
was also a prophet named Anna. She was the daughter of Penuel from the tribe of Asher. Anna
was very old. After getting married, she lived with her husband seven years. 37 Then she was a
widow until she was 84. She never left the temple. She worshiped night and day, praying and going
without eating. 38 Anna came up to Jesus' family at that very moment. She gave thanks to God.
And she spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the time when Jerusalem would
be set free.

Use Magic Color Scratch White Angels. You make this angel's gown colorful! Just scratch designs onto its dress with a wooden scratching tool.

Have children sit on the floor in a circle. Explain that the beanbag will be passed from one child to the next while the music plays. When the music stops, the child holding the beanbag will say the Bible words, “His name was Jesus.” You will need one adult to start and stop the music and one or more adults to sit in the circle with the children. You will need to say the words with the children several times. After that most will be able to say them on their own. However always say the words with a child who is new or needs help.

Toy or cell phone
Scratch angels
Wooden scratching tools or toothpicks
Christmas music
Bean bag or Ziploc of beans or rice
Gummy fruit
Bugels corn snacks
Hershey kisses
Red hots
large mixing bowl
mixing spoon
Ziploc bags

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