Here are 4 quick ideas for your Sunday School Christmas lessons that will keep the story of Christmas from being the “same old” presentation as last year.
1. Let it glow!
When I think about the Christmas story one of the first things I notice is how much of the narrative happens at night. I also immediately notice how many things “shine” or “glow” in the story:
– Angel (we all assume some sort of glow) appears to both Mary and Joseph announcing the birth. The angel that visited Joseph came at night.
– Mary and Joseph spent nights on the road traveling to Bethlehem
– Shepherds watching their sheep at night
– Angels appear to the shepherds at night
– Wise men notice a unique star…and follow it
Perhaps you can think of even more!
My point is, the Christmas story is a perfect opportunity to incorporate a “glow-in-the-dark” theme! Use black lights, get some sticky glow-in-the-dark stars, have activities for the kids using things that glow, etc… The ideas are endless.
Incorporate a little glow-in-the-dark into your Christmas story presentation this year and share the story of Christ’s birth in a whole new way!
2. Incorporate fun (but relevant) games
Mary and Joseph likely took an animal or two with them to Bethlehem and Mary probably did a bit of riding.
So when you get to this part of the Christmas story, why not play a game incorporating a donkey crawl??!
What do I mean?
Something like this….
Split students into two teams. Each team will have pairs within the team (so Team A and B, but within Team A there are 5 pairs that will complete the relay together.)
The teams will race to “donkey” across to the other end. One member of the pair will be the donkey and will have to crawl with the other member on his back (the other member can put his legs down to help if needed).
Once all players from the team have reached the other side, the team must also come back. This time, the player that was the donkey will now be the rider, and vice-versa.
The first team to get all of it’s members back to the original line wins.
3. Get some glow in the dark fabric paint from a local craft store, or my preference, Amazon!
Round up some old t-shirts either from your house or from your church and spray them with a bunch of glow-in-the-dark fabric paint.
Then, wear one of the shirts as you are telling the story of the angels visiting the shepherds. When you get to the part where the angels arrive on the scene, turn out the lights in the classroom and “glow-in-the-dark” while you say, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace good will toward men!”
Combine the element of surprise (suddenly turning out the lights) with some sweet glow-in-the-dark action and you are sure to have everyone’s undivided attention!
4. Sing a glowing Christmas song
Well think about this…You know the old song, “Go Tell It On the Mountain”?
Since you are now singing it in your head 🙂 think about the words…..
“…over the hills and everywhere….Go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born!”
It’s actually a fantastic Christmas song!
So this year, teach this old classic to your class but change “Go” to “glow”. A small tweak that will make an old classic perfect for a “glow in the dark” themed Christmas.
What other ideas can you think of? Share them in the comments below.
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