Christmas – all part of The Plan

I love Christmas. It’s an opportunity for all sorts of lovely crafts. People do appear to be in the mood to celebrate. I wanted to put Christmas into context in our stories at toddler group. Why did Jesus come to earth? So this is the journey to Bethlehem that we are taking.. (sorry that the pics are poor quality – just not enough daylight!)

where we start

where we start

God made everything good

God made everything good

Everything did not stay good but God promised to send someone to sort it out.

Everything did not stay good but God promised to send someone to sort it out.

things got worse - only Noah and his family were safe in the ark.

Things got worse – only Noah and his family were safe in the ark.

God promised to make Abraham's family huge and to bless everyone on earth through that family

God promised to make Abraham’s family huge and to bless everyone on earth through that family

God tells mary that she will have a special baby - Jesus - at last the promise in being fulfilled

An angel tells Mary that she will have a special baby – Jesus – at last the promise in being fulfilled

Jesus, the saviour is born!

Jesus, the saviour is born!

Angels tell shepherds the good news - a Saviour has been born. God has kept his promise to send someone to sort out the mess!

Angels tell shepherds the good news – a Saviour has been born. God has kept his promise to send someone to sort out the mess!

We started with creation last week and move on to the serpent this week. I hope that the adults will enjoy this journey and see Christmas as part of God’s Plan.

As we go through the weeks I’ll post pictures of what it will be like at toddler group. Hopefully you will get an idea of how all the paper plate pictures look as we build the story each week.

Final photo of my attempt to show you them altogether.. didn’t quite work .. but the best I could do today. The footprints will be added each week.

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Journey to Bethlehem

This half term at toddler group we are going to take a journey to Bethlehem. Each week the Bible story will be a simple retelling of a key event on that journey for the children. The plan is to put the stories in the context of The Big Story for the adults.

So we start with creation and everything being made good. Next week the fall and things no longer being good and then onwards to Jesus being born. God’s saviour sent for us.

The order will be

Creation, Fall, Noah, God’s promise to Abraham (through you all the families of the world will be blessed), angel visiting Mary, birth of Jesus, visit of the Shepherds.

So this week the story is going to be told using an idea that I found here – It Happens in a Blink.

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here’s some of the paper plates in close up. I had a lot of fun making them. You need sturdy paper plates! I decided not to have a blank plate for day seven. I did see an idea that included lots of zzzz for resting but God didn’t go to sleep he just stopped making because everything was complete and perfect. He doesn’t need to rest in the way that we do. He never slumbers or sleeps 🙂

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As I tell the story we will count the days together and name what we can see on the plates. After each day we will say ‘it was all very good’ and do a thumbs up. This will be our action for this weeks story. Next week it will be thumbs down to represent the way that everything was no longer good and perfect.

I’m looking forward to going on this journey to Bethlehem.