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Objects Needed: None
This is the game “Simon Says” but replaced with “The Angel Says”
Choose one child as “The angel,” or the leader can start. The other children gather around “The angel,” who gives instructions by saying, “The angel says…” telling the kids to perform a physical action. For example, “The angel says touch your nose,” “The angel says shake like a leaf.” Each child must perform the action. If the angel leaves out “The angel says” before giving instruction, anyone who performed the activity is out!
Emphasize how important it is to pay attention to what is being said.
Tie in: When the angel gave the announcement that Jesus will be born it was such an extraordinary birth that it was important for those listening to pay attention to what the angel said.
Objects Needed: Brown or tan paper, black paint, paint brushes, and yarn.
In this activity, the children will be making scrolls to help announce the birth of Jesus. Start by taking the paper and scrunching it up and then flatting it back out. Do this a couple of times to make the paper look “old.” This can be done before class for the kids or be done with the kids in class.
Once the scrolls look “old” let the children use the paintbrushes and paint and write the word “JESUS” on their scrolls.
After the paint has dried roll up the scroll and tie yarn around it.
What happened when you were born? Maybe your parents put up some decorations in the house. Maybe they sent out text messages to the whole family to tell them your time of birth, height, and weight.
Or maybe they made a social media post that went something like, “We’ve welcomed a new addition into the fam! Meet baby Bartholomeus Justus McMerditroy…the third. He measured 3 feet and weighed 50 pounds. We’re so proud of our big (very big) boy!”
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating things. But being born is a very special event. That’s why we keep celebrating our birthdays every single year. Except grown ups. They stop having birthdays after they hit 40 or so. At least that’s what they want us to think…
Anyway, does anyone want to share their experiences that day? What did you feel? Were you excited to be born?
What, no takers? Ok, obviously you can’t tell people what you felt on your “zero” birthday. It’s impossible to remember it.
Jesus. Maybe the human baby part of him didn’t know what was going on. But Jesus is one with God the Father. God the Father certainly knew what was happening!
Remember how we talked about Doctor Luke last week, and how he wrote down his investigations about Jesus? Luke did this because Jesus isn’t ordinary. He’s extraordinary. And his birth was extraordinary, too.
So let’s dive into an investigation of Jesus’ birth today. Let’s see what Luke has to say about it.
Here we go. Here’s our TOP SECRET envelope. Do you dare open it? Who knows, there could be worms wiggling around in there or something. Any brave takers?
(Let a student open it)
Umm. I guess the agents messed up today? I don’t see anything on this paper. Guess we’re going to have to look for clues elsewhere.
Is there anything out of the ordinary in our classroom today? (Bump into the desk lamp if the students don’t notice it).
Hmm, this is strange. (Call a random student’s name), did you put this here? No?
Maybe it’s our clue. Let’s try shining it on this paper. Hold the paper close to the lamp or let a student do so (as explained in the video link above).
Ah-ha! There it is. Luke 1:26-38. That’s our clue. It must be where Luke wrote down Jesus’ birth height and weight.
(Read Luke 1:26-30 out loud. Or have students read it).
Wait, that’s a strange birth announcement. Isn’t it the mom and dad’s job to announce the birth after a baby is born?
Here, an angel is giving the mom a birth announcement. Whoa, an angel? Maybe I had little angel decorations at the baby shower my mom had for me. But no angels announced my birth.
And there’s something else odd here–this lady, Mary, is engaged. But she’s not married yet. She doesn’t live with her fiance, Joseph. So how is she going to have a baby? Babies have to have dads in order to be born.
So who’s this baby’s dad? Luke the doctor, as he’s writing this, knows babies can’t just poof into existence out of nothing. So he made sure to include an explanation for this.
The angel told Mary: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. For this reason the baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God.” (vs. 35)
The Holy Spirit, who is also God, was going to make this possible. God was going to be the father of this baby. Incredible, right?
So Jesus isn’t the son of Joseph. He is the Son of God. This made him both human and God at the same time. And that means he CAN’T be “a cute baby in a nice Christmas story”, or “just a good teacher”, or “a nice man who helped people”.
If he’s just a good teacher, then Doctor Luke is a liar. And so is Mary, and all the other people who saw Mary have a baby without a human daddy.
But if Luke’s a liar, it wouldn’t make sense for people to copy down his words over and over for thousands of years, so that you could have his investigation in your hands today. Because that’s what they did…people had to copy things by hand!
Maybe you get annoyed when you have to do a homework paper by hand. Maybe you already know how to type on the computer, and you’d rather just type and print. Well, imagine copying the entire book of Luke by hand…a few times over…and by candlelight.
That’s what people did so that you could sit here today and read about Jesus’ birth. And to those people, it was worth it, because Jesus was no ordinary baby.
Speaking of that birth announcement, let’s get back to it. What else did the angel Gabriel say about the baby? His hair color? Eye color?
(Read verses 30-33, or have a student read them).
Wait a second…did Gabriel just mention what his name should be? Now that’s different.
Imagine a stranger comes to your mom’s house when you’re in her belly. The stranger says, “Hun, just wanna let you know…your baby has to be called Bubba Burt McBungee.” Umm…your mom would probably freak out.
Yes, that would be totally weird. For an ordinary baby like you or me, anyway.
But for the Son of God? It’s not weird, because if you think about it, Jesus has always existed. So he always knew what his name was, even before he was born. Crazy, right?
The angel said Jesus would be GREAT. He will rule, and his kingdom will never end. An endless kingdom? That’s not possible for us regular old humans.
Alright, I’d say our investigation is complete for today. We’ve read Jesus’ birth announcement, as it was recorded by Luke. But there’s still some time to go before he’ll be born. And there are still more mysteries for us to uncover! What are they? You’ll have to show up to next week’s (see the entire lesson series here) investigation to find out!
(Close in prayer)
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Objects Needed: Masking tape
Make a line where children can line up behind for this game. Start by choosing one player to call out the light colors.
Start with everyone along the starting line. When the chosen player says ‘Green Light’ everyone moves towards the player. When they say ‘Red Light’ everyone must immediately stop.
If players are still moving when you call ‘Red Light’, they must go back to the starting line.
Variations: Introduce new colored lights, giving variations on how to move towards the finish line, such as running on green, walking heel to toe for yellow light, hopping for purple light, skipping, galloping, tip-toeing, etc.
Tie in: It is important to listen to what color is being announced just like it was important for Mary to listen to the angel’s announcement of Jesus.
Christmas is exciting for many reasons. But there is one reason we find that beats all the others. Christmas is a celebration of God coming to earth as baby Jesus on a rescue mission. The one and only Savior was born in Bethlehem for you and for me.
Who gave the birth announcement of Jesus?
Was Mary married when she was pregnant with Jesus?
Who was the father of this baby that Mary was pregnant with?
Have any other babies been made or born the way Jesus was?
Why do we know that Luke’s investigation was real?
Because people copied down his words over and over for thousands of years.
What was the name that the angel told Mary she would call her baby?
Was this an ordinary birth announcement like you or I had?
Why was it not an ordinary birth announcement?
Because Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He was extraordinary!
How do you suppose Mary felt when the angel told her these things?
Allow for answers.
Objects Needed: None
Choose a child from each group to start. He or she will whisper what you tell them into the student’s ear next to them. That student will then whisper what they heard the other student say to the student next to them.
This will continue until the last child in the small group hears what is said and says it out loud to their group.
Continue until everyone has had a turn to start.
Phrases you can use:
Christmastime is the best time
An angel visited Mary in a small town
There was a baby in Mary’s belly
Jesus is the reason for the Season
Chipper children cheerfully chant
Ten tiny Christmas trains rolling down the track
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Sometimes I sing silly songs of the season
Merry Christmas is my mom’s favorite melody
An angel surprised Mary with a sudden surprise
Sometimes I sing silly seasonal songs
Today’s Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Memory Verse: The angels said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. Luke 2:10-11(NCV)
Today we talked about Mary and the announcement she received from Gabriel, the angel. He told Mary that she was going to have a baby and that the father was…
The Holy Spirit!
This would be a one-of-a-kind birth that the world has never seen. No child has ever been born with the Holy Spirit as their father. This was a very, very special baby.
And not just special, but one-of-a-kind. This would be the very son of God! Mary was going to have a baby and call him Jesus!
What great work we did today to discover all these details! Don’t miss next week (see entire series) as we continue our investigation and uncover more clues!
Thank you God for sending us Jesus!