Shepherds find the baby in the manger

The baby sent from God was tucked up in the manger. Mary and Joseph were there to look after him. Do you remember his name? He was called Jesus. There they were that night – just the three of them.

Meanwhile, out of the town, in the hills there were shepherds. Shepherds look after sheep. What sound does a sheep make?

It was dark – the shepherds were making sure that all the sheep were safe.

Then suddenly something happened that made the shepherds really scared! There was an angel – and the angel was surrounded by bright light.

‘Don’t be afraid’, the angel said, ‘I bring you good news of great joy that is for everyone, everywhere. Today, a Saviour has been born. You will find him lying in a manger.’

Then lots of angels were there singing. And then they were gone and it was dark again.

The shepherds looked at each other, ‘Let’s go and see this thing that’s happened that God has told us about.’

So off they went – down the hill, through the town, looking here, looking there – until they found Jesus. They found the Saviour.

We can find Jesus too. He is still the Saviour sent from God for everyone, everywhere. We won’t find him in a manger – but we can know him as our Saviour.

 


God has made a way for us to know him

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We have heard about how God is everywhere.God knows everything. God is powerful. God is holy. God is faithful. Today we find out that God has made a way for us to know him.

Mary and Joseph were in the stable. That night something amazing had happened. Jesus had been born as a baby. Jesus was not just an ordinary baby – he was God’s Son sent from heaven.

Out in the fields there were some shepherds looking after their sheep. It was dark. There were stars up in the sky. Suddenly an angel was there! This angel had a message from God.

The shepherds were scared!

‘Don’t be afraid,’ the angel said, ‘I bring you good news of great joy that is for everyone. Today in the Town of David a Saviour has been born to you!’

Who is this Saviour? It is Jesus

The angel told the shepherds ‘ You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and in a manger’.

Then there were lots and lots of angels in the sky singing. It was such a special night – a Saviour had been born.

Then the angels were gone. The shepherds looked at each other. ‘let’s go and find this special baby’, they said to each other.

They dashed into the town and they looked. And they found him – the Saviour sent from God was there. God had sent Jesus to be our Saviour so that we can know God. The shepherds found Jesus. You can find Jesus too.

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The characters are from Early Learning Centre. The ‘straw’ is shredded tissue paper.


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 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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The angels and shepherds – Christmas

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Christmas is almost here!

The story of the first Christmas is a lovely story to tell. Children can also act out what happened and dress up as the different characters.

There are different ways to tell the story-

– use a nativity set and a story bag. Place all the figures inside and take them out when you need them.

– use objects to represent the different people in the story – a toy sheep, a shepherd’s crook, the cloths to wrap the baby in. Add other items- straw for the stable, stars,

– adults could dress up for the different parts and either one person narrate the story or people have speaking parts.

When you tell the story it’s good to remind the audience that it comes from the Bible – so have a Bible to show. The events of the first Christmas are recorded in Luke 2:1-21.

The magi (wise men, kings) don’t visit the stable but arrive some time later. Their visit is recorded in Matthew 2:1-12.

 


J is for Jesus

In the Bible Alphabet series I decided on the annunciation story for the letter J because we were so close to Christmas. It followed on from ‘i is for Immanuel’ really well.

The story is found in Lukes Gospel 1:26-33.

To tell the story : Before you begin tell the children that there is something for them to say part way through the story. Get them to repeat ‘don’t be afraid’ a couple of times.

Long, long ago in a town that looked like this…

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What did he say? (Are you ready? remember the words we practiced at the beginning) He said, ‘Don’t be afraid’. ‘You have been chosen by God to have a very special baby. He will be a king forever and you will give him the name Jesus.’

The lady’s name was Mary. She was going to have a special baby and call him Jesus.

For the figures of Mary and the angel I used items from an old Nativity set from the Early Learning Centre and introduced them from a story bag at the appropiate time in the story. The pictures of Nazareth and the house are flannelgraph backgrounds. These were on board one over the other. After using the first, flip over to the second.

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