Escape to Egypt

Scripture: Matthew 2: 13 – 23 or pages 356 – 357 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 2 or pages 356 – 357 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What did the angel warn Joseph of in a dream? That Herod was going to try to kill Jesus, so they needed to escape to Egypt.
  • Did Joseph obey the angel?  Yes.
  • What does this story tell you about Joseph? He was obedient.  He was protective.
  • Do you think it was hard for Mary and Joseph to go to Egypt? Why?  Yes.  It was a foreign country. They didn’t know the language.  They weren’t near their families.  They may have been in danger along the way.  It was a long way to travel. etc.
  • How did Herod react when the Magi didn’t return?  He was furious.
  • Why do you think he was furious?  He really didn’t want to worship Jesus.  He wanted to kill Him so that Jesus couldn’t replace him as king.
  • What orders did he give?  To kill the boys in Bethlehem who were 2 years old and younger.
  • Do you think it was selfish and cruel of Herod to kill innocent children just so that he could have the life that he wanted?  
  • How long did Joseph, Mary and Jesus stay in Egypt?  Until the death of Herod.
  • Who told Joseph that Herod had died?  An angel
  • What did the angel tell him to do?  To take Jesus and Mary back to Israel.
  • Why did he take them to Nazareth?  He heard that Herod’s son, Archealaus, was now the king and he was afraid of him. An angel warned them of Archealaus.
  • Who did God use to protect Jesus in this story?  angels, Joseph
  • Have you ever felt really scared? Let them tell you of some situations.
  • Who did God give to you to protect you?  Jesus, angels, parents, etc.
  • Let’s pray and thank God for being with us and protecting us when we are in danger…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Romans 8:31b “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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Act out the flight to Egypt using this example by the Sunday School Center.

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Read the story “Cause for Fear” from Keys for Kids

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Show the you tube video “The LEGO Nativity”   and encourage the children to use Legos to tell the story to their families at home.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Or this page.

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Make this silhouette of the flight into Egypt.

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Sing “God Will Take Care of You”

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Play the song  “Joseph’s Song” by Michael Card. (It’s on i-tunes) Talk about what kind of a dad Joseph was and how he may have felt about it.

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Have the children help Mary, Joseph and Jesus escape to Egypt through this maze by Sharon Whittaker.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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Wise Men Seek Jesus

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Scripture: Matthew 2: 1 – 12 

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 2 or pages 354 – 355 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • Who came to worship Jesus? wise men or Magi
  • Where were they from?  the East.  Show them a map.
  • How many were there?  We don’t know.  We tend to assume that there were three because of the three gifts and because of the song “We Three Kings”, but we really don’t know how many there were.
  • How did they know that Jesus was born? There was a special star
  • Who was upset to hear about a Jewish King being born? King Herod and the people of Jerusalem.
  • Why would King Herod be upset about this?  He was a King and didn’t want someone else to take his place.
  • Who did Herod call to tell him where the baby was to be born?  the chief Jewish priests and teachers of the law
  • Do you think that Herod usually called upon the Jewish priests for advise or information? No.
  • Did the priests know the answer?  Yes.
  • What was the answer?  Bethlehem
  • How did they know the answer?  The Word of God. They quoted Micah 5:2
  • Knowing God’s Word helps us to answer questions that we have about so many things.  How can we know the Bible well enough to be able to find the answers to questions that we have?  Bible study,  read it every day, go to church and Sunday School, memorize verses,  etc.
  • When Herod found out where the baby was to be born, what did he do next?  He called the Magi to find out the exact time that the star appeared.
  • Why do you think that he wanted to know the exact time?  So that he would know how old Jesus was.
  • Did he call a public meeting to ask them this question?  No.  He did it secretly.
  • What instructions did he give them?  They were to find the baby and then report back to him so that he could worship him, too.
  • Do you think that Herod really wanted to worship Jesus?  No.
  • When the wise men found baby Jesus, what did they do?  They bowed down and worshiped him and they brought him gifts.
  • What were the gifts?  Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Show them a picture of them.
  • Why do you think that they gave baby Jesus these gifs? Gold was costly – a perfect gift to give to a King.  Frankincense – People believed that incense carried their prayers to heaven, so it illustrates his role as Priest. Myrrh – Myrrh was an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, which and was used to heal wounds.  Jesus healed the wounds of our sinful hearts, didn’t He.  He is our Savior. Read about the gifts.
  • How do you think that Mary felt when this happened?  Amazed and surprised.
  • Did the wise men go back and tell Herod where Jesus was?  No.  They were warned in a dream not to go back to him.
  • Where did they go?  Back to their own country by another route.
  • Sometimes it’s easy to forget what Christmas is all about, isn’t it. Are you seeking Jesus this Christmas?
  • What gift do you think that you can give Jesus? My heart and my life.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for coming as a baby to be our savior.  And let’s tell Him that we want to give him our hearts this Christmas…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Jeremiah 29:13   “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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Share the devotional, “An Important Day”  and the ABC’s of Salvation from Keys for Kids.

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Sing “Follow That Star”  by Mary Rice Hopkins

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  Here is another one.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Share a video:

Video #1

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Bible Class Creations has a fun Follow the Star activity.

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My Little House has a great craft for this lesson.

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Play Christmas music while the children make a star mobile.

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Make Magi crowns and act out the story. Here is a different crown.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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Christ the Savior is Born

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Scripture: Luke 2

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 2

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • Why did Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem?  To register to be taxed
  • Who ordered the tax?  Caesar Augustus
  • Mary gave birth when they were in Bethlehem.  Where in Bethlehem did they lay Baby Jesus?  in a manger
  • Why in a manger?  There was no room in the inn.
  • What is a manger?  The box that cows eat out of.
  • Who were out in the fields around Bethlehem?  Shepherds tending their flocks.
  • What frightened the shepherds?  An angel
  • What did the angel say to them?  Don’t be afraid, I’m bringing good news of great joy to all people, today a savior was born – Christ the Lord, you’ll find Him in a manger
  • What happened after the angel spoke?  Suddenly there was a multitude of Heavenly host praising God.
  • What was their song? “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
  • What did the shepherds decide to do?  Go into town and see for themselves.
  • When someone tells you about Jesus, do you go to see for yourself?  Discuss what that might mean – reading your Bible, praying, stepping out in faith, etc.
  • Do you know of another shepherd in the Bible?  Jesus is our shepherd.  (Maybe that’s why the angels made the announcement to shepherds first?)
  • What other sheep are mentioned in the Bible? Jesus’ followers.
  • After they had seen Baby Jesus, what did the shepherds do?  They told everybody!
  • How do you think they told people? Excitedly!
  • Do you tell others about the good news of Jesus?
  • How do you tell them about Him?
  • What was the reaction of the people when they told them?  They marveled.
  • What did Mary do?  She pondered these things in her heart.
  • How do you think that Mary felt about all of these things happening to her baby?  surprised, proud, happy, curious about what God was doing, etc.
  • Let’s pray and thank Him for coming to earth to save us and to be our shepherd...

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Luke 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” 

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Show a video of this story:

Video #1 “Light of the Whole World” from the Jesus Story Book Bible

Video #2 from The Read and Share Bible version of The Jesus Movie.   (first part)

Video #3 from Aaron Miller and God’s Prop Box

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Share this children’s sermon  or this one from Sermons4kids.   Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!   

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Have the children make this darling pop up nativity card from My Little House.

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Have the children make this Nativity craft from Richard Gunther. Part #1  Part #2   Part #3

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This nativity puppet theater from Sarah Jane is darling.

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Make nativity story cubes from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page , or these from Calvary Curriculum.

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Here is a great shepherd and angel choir craft from Amy’s Free Ideas.

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Share the “Jingle All the Way!” object lesson from Sermons4kids.

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Teach them the song “Sheep Party” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

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Nativity Crafts:

This is a great nativity card craft from Amy’s Free Ideas. This one is more elaborate.

Have the children make a paper nativity from Gospel Hall (activity 502).

Or have the kids make a spool doll nativity. Have all of the pieces cut and ready to assemble with tacky glue. (Kids should not be given access to hot glue.)

Print out the colored nativity pieces to this nativity set, or have the children color them themselves. This nativity is from Marloes DeVries.

This paper nativity is very cute.

Here is another cute paper nativity from Joel.

Pick one of these cute nativity crafts from  U Create.

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Have the children color a Christmas color page: 

Color page #1  from Bible Printables

Color page #2   from sermons4kids

Color page #3   from sermons4kids

Color page #4   from Sunday School Printables

Color page #5 and #6  from My Little House

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Make Christmas bookmarks from Bible Story Printables.  The children can give them to their parents, siblings or friends as gifts.

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Bring sheep cupcakes for the snack.  Scroll down at this link to find directions for this cute idea.

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Make this edible nativity from Dukes and Duchesses.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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The Angel Gabriel Brings Good News

Gabriel Visits Mary Luke 1:26-38

Scripture: Luke 1:26 – 38, Matthew 1: 18 – 24

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 1 and Matthew 1.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

Discussion:

  • Who came to see Mary?  Gabriel, an angel
  • How did the angel greet her? “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
  • What else does this passage tell us about Mary? She was a descendant of David.
  • Do you remember the promise that God gave to David? His kingdom would last forever.
  • Is Mary happy to see the angel?  No. At first she is afraid of him.
  • But, the angel told Mary not to be afraid.  What else did he say to her? You have found favor with God. You will have a son.  You will name him Jesus.  He will be great.  He will be called the Son of the Most High. God will give him David’s throne.  He will reign forever.
  • Mary asks how this will happen since she isn’t married.  What does the angel tell her? “The Holy Spirit will come on you.”
  • How else would she know that this was true?  Her cousin, Elizabeth, who was too old to have a baby was pregnant, too.
  • Did Mary agree to have this baby?  Yes.  She said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
  • If God asked you to do something special, what would you say?  Would you say “I am the Lord’s servant?  Or would you say “No.” ?
  • How did Joseph take the news that Mary was going to have a baby?  He was sad.  But, he followed God’s law, so he was going to divorce her quietly.
  • Then what happened?  An angel came to visit him in a dream, also.
  • What did the angel tell him?  That it was OK to marry Mary, because the baby was from the Holy Spirit.
  • What name was he to give the baby?  Jesus
  • What does Jesus mean?  Savior
  • Did Joseph obey the angel?  Yes, he took Mary home to be his wife.
  • What do you think would have happened if Mary and Joseph hadn’t obeyed the angel?  Jesus wouldn’t have been born.
  • It’s very important that we be willing to do what God wants us to do.  Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to be willing servants.  And let’s thank him for sending us his son to save us from our sins….

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

“You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1: 21

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum

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Share a video of this story:

Video #1 “He’s Here” by Sally Loyd Jones from the Jesus Story Book Bible.

Video #2 from Crossroads Kids’ Club

Video #3 Song “Love Crashed Into the World” by Crossroads Kids’ Club

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Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4kids.  Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!

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Have the children make an angel craft:

This  craft from Jenny Allsorts is very cute. 

Younger children will enjoy this one from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry.

Make one of these angel crafts from Activity Village.

Or make this folded paper angel from Danielle’s Place. (There are several crafts at this link.  Scroll down to the middle of the page to find it.)

Make an angel Christmas card from The Toy Maker.   Encourage them to give it to a friend who needs to hear the good news of Jesus birth.

This angel craft is from Jesus Without Language.

Here is a Joseph and the angel craft from Jesus Without Language.

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Have the children make this story cube.

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This lesson from the Church of God also has worksheet and a color page.

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Use this game from Teach Them to help older children remember why Jesus came to earth. 

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Sing “Favored One/ What Child is This?” by Mary Rice Hopkins

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The Good News of Jesus had everyone in the story singing.  It should have us singing too, so sing some Christmas carols.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

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Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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