Archive | December, 2014

Season of Wonder: Watch

12 Dec

sheep

How much do you know about sheep and shepherds? Have fun asking each other these trivia questions.

Watch

Read: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8

Ask: What does it mean to keep watch? What did the shepherds have to protect their sheep from? How can we keep watch over Christmas? What do we need to protect Christmas from?

Pray: Jesus, help us to keep watch over this Christmas season. Help us to think of others and not ourselves. Help us to see those who need a hug, a smile or a kind word.

Other things to do:

*Act out a shepherd caring for his/her sheep.

*Make a sheep ornament using items you find in your home.

*Eat a candy cane and imagine that the cane is a shepherd’s staff. How would a shepherd watch over sheep using this staff?

Season of Wonder: Baby

10 Dec

babyFind a baby doll or stuffed animal. Wrap the baby in cloths similar to what Jesus was wrapped in. Take a long piece of fabric about six inches wide and wrap around the doll similar to a mummy. If you don’t have fabric, use toilet paper to get the idea across. Babies were washed and rubbed with salt after they were born to clean them. Then, they were wrapped in cloth (called swaddling cloth in some translations) tightly to feel safe and secure.

Baby

Read: While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2: 6-7

Ask: Did Jesus do all the things that babies do? (Cry, sleep, need a diaper change)  How do you think Mary took care of Jesus? Do you think it was difficult because he was in a manger and they were probably where animals are usually kept?

Pray: Thank you Jesus for coming to earth as a baby. Help us to remember that Christmas is about your birth.

Other things to do:

*Look at baby pictures of family members. Have parents talk about birth stories of each of the kids (or gotcha days if the kids are adopted).

*Sing “Away in a Manger” together. Do you think Jesus cried?

*Make a manger with straw and place baby Jesus in it. Keep it as a focal point to remember.

Season of Wonder: Story

9 Dec

linus 3

Watch the story of Jesus’ birth here as told by Linus. If you have time, watch the entire Charlie Brown Christmas special filmed in 1965.

Story

Read: Luke 2: 8-15 (the scripture Linus read)

Ask: Can you tell the story of Jesus’ birth? What is your favorite part? What do you think it would have been like to be at the manger that night? What about in the field with the shepherds?

Pray: Thank you God for your story. Thank you that you sent Jesus down to earth to save people from their sins.

Other things to do:

*Put on a play acting out the story of Jesus’ birth.

*Make a video telling the story and send it to grandparents or other relatives.

*Draw a picture that shows all the parts of the story that Charlie Brown told.