The Angel visits Mary

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Bible story – from Luke 1:26-38.

(Include actions in the story if you can – ask the children and adults to join in)

One day Mary was at home. It was just an ordinary day. Mary was cleaning the house (some actions here – maybe dusting or sweeping).

But then something extraordinary happened! An angel came to see her! Now angels are not like fairies. Angels are big and strong! (actions here too). The angel that came to see Mary was called Gabriel (ask everyone to repeat the name). He had a message from God.

‘You are going to have a very special baby,’ he said to Mary. ‘This baby will be God’s Son and he will be King forever.’

Who was this baby? This baby, that the angel talked about, was Jesus.

Mary listened. (everyone touch their ears). She knew that this promised baby would be very, very special and important.

Jesus is very, very special and important.

Craft Ideas – make angels

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Square paper plate angel – cut out the wings and use tissue paper to create a stained glass effect.

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Paper cup/ice cream pot angel

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Story bag ideas – a doll to represent Mary or Early Learning Centre Nativity Set. You could add a duster and a dustpan and brush and your angel craft to represent Gabriel.

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Simple Christmas Craft – baby in the manger

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This craft has a bit of preparation – there is some cutting out for an adult or older child to do. I made a template to speed the process up!

All you need to make the ‘baby in the manger’ scene is :-

Good quality paper plates – preferably with a definite rim. You will be using the back of the plate.

Tissue paper cut into squares – dark blue and yellow

Shredded tissue paper – yellow

Brown paper cut into small squares

Grey/dark crayons to shade the silhouette of the baby’s head

Stars

Glue sticks

To make –

Have an example to show the children and explain what it is that they are making.

Stick the tissue paper and brown paper followed by shredded tissue to make the straw. Add the star and shade the silhouette of the babies head.

For this stage give children an additional paper plate to act as a support under the craft plate. It will make sticking much easier.

When everything has dried the final stage is to fold the plate.

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Nativity at home

We’ve had our Early Leaning Centre Nativity for about 14 years and it is still going strong. Sadly the new sets no longer have a stable 😦 But with some shredded tissue paper for straw and a big catering size foil dish to keep the tissue paper contained, you  have a place to display an play with the nativity figures.



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.

 

 


Advent calendar day 24

Christmas Eve is here!

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Luke 2:29-32 ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’

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This is the last day of the advent calendar – the wait for Christmas is almost over!

Enjoy this carol and have a very Happy Christmas.

 


Advent calendar day 23

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Luke 2:16,17,18 ‘And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.’

Craft to make – pompoms

You can use a pompom maker or two pieces of circular card with a a smaller circle cut out of the middle. Or you can use your hands. Children would need help with tying the wool and very young children will need help to cut the wool.

You need a length of wool and a small ball of wool. Pair of scissors. Pair of hands! Follow the pictures

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I got this idea from Landscape Magazine.

 


Advent calendar day 22

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Luke 2:15 ‘When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another. ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’

Craft to make – Christmas stockings – all you need is paper or card cut into a stocking shape. Decorate with stickers and glitter. Have a look here for more ideas.

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