Jesus in the Temple at Age 12

Scripture: Luke 2:41 – 52 

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.

Begin by asking the question, Have you ever gotten lost?  Let the children tell you stories of times they got lost.  Discuss how they felt, how their parents felt, and how they were found.

Today we are going to read a story about how Jesus was lost one time…

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 2 or pages 358 – 359 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:

  • Why did Jesus’ parents go to Jerusalem every year?  For the Festival of the Passover
  • How old was Jesus in this story?  12
  • After the festival, Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. How long did his parents travel on the way home before they noticed that he wasn’t with them? One day
  • Why were they not aware that he wasn’t with them?  They were traveling in a group with family and friends and they thought he was with other people in the group.
  • When they couldn’t find him among friends and family what did they do?  They went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
  • How long did it take to find him?  3 days.
  • Where did they find him?  At the temple.
  • What was he doing?  Sitting with the teachers, asking questions.
  • What did the teachers think of Jesus?  They were amazed at his understanding.
  • What did his parents say when they found Him?  “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
  • How did He answer them?  “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
  • What do you think he meant by that?  That the temple should have been the first place they should have looked for him because this was the house of God, his Father, and he was doing what God wanted him to do.
  • If you were lost, where would the most logical place be for anyone to find you, and what would you be doing?  Would it be a place that God would like you to be and something that he would like you to be doing?
  • Did Jesus stay there at the temple after that?  No. He obeyed them and went back to Nazareth with them.
  • What was Mary’s reaction?  She treasured these things in her heart.
  • What ways did Jesus grow up?  physically, mentally, spiritually and socially
  • How do we grow physically?  We eat food and we exercise our muscles
  • How do we grow mentally?  We go to school and study books to learn things
  • How do we grow socially?  We get together with friends and play with them and share with them etc.
  • How do we grow spiritually?  By going to church, reading the Bible, praying
  • Are you growing spiritually?
  • Let’s pray and ask Jesus to help us to obey our parents and to grow physically, mentally, socially and spiritually…

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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 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

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Watch a video of this story. Video #1

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Read or listen to the devotional  “Grow, Grow, Grow” by Keys for Kids

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Play the game “Mother May I”

One child is chosen to be Mother.  The others line up at least 10 feet away.  Mother gives commands to each of the other players.  Commands are such as, “Tim, you make take one half step forward.” Tim must respond, “Mother, may I?”  The mother than says, “Yes, you may.”  If Tim takes the step without asking for permission, he is out of the game. The first player to reach Mother is the winner and now gets to be the Mother.

Talk to the children about being obedient to their parents as Jesus was obedient to his.

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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.  Color page #1 , Color page #2 , Color page #3  (scroll down to coloring through the Bible), Color page #4 , Color page #5

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Have the children make the booklet “Jesus Gets Lost” by Jill Kemp and Richard Gunther at Lamb Songs.  Scroll down.

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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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Jesus in the Temple at Age 12 – Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Jesus at age 12 in the temple from Luke 2:41 – 52.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

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Have your child do this puzzle http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/51_boyjesus.htm

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Read the devotional “Out of Balance”  to your child. http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=129

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Help your child do this crossword puzzle featuring Jesus as a child. http://gardenofpraise.com/bibpuz23.htm

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Let your child do an on line jigsaw puzzle featuring this story. http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/25514/4×4.htm

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/jesus-in-the-temple-at-age-12/

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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Escape to Egypt – Parents’ Page

Dear Parents,

Today we learned about Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus’ flight into Egypt  and God’s protection from Matthew 2.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

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

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Help your child make this Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus escaping to Egypt craft. http://www.christianedwarehouse.com/PDF/Blogs/Jesus%20Had%20a%20Home%20Craft.pdf

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Help your child do a decoder puzzle featuring the flight into Egypt. http://www.sermons4kids.com/herod_the_grinch_decoder.htm   or this crossword puzzle from sermons4kids.  http://www.sermons4kids.com/herod_the_grinch_crossword.htm

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Read of listen to the story “Stormy Weather” from Keys for Kids. http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=1284

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/escape-to-egypt/

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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Wise Men Seek Jesus – Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the three wise men from Matthew 2.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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Help your child make a Christmas Star decoration. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/christmas_star_decoration.htm  

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Read the story “Here I Am” http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=1721 and the story “The Empty Box” http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=4947 from Keys for Kids.

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Allow your child to do an online jigsaw puzzle featuring the Journey of the Magi. http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/25008/4×4.htm or a jigsaw puzzle featuring the wise men visiting Jesus. http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/25237/4×4.htm

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to remind kids that God is our provider and that we have so much to be grateful for.

Bring a Cornucopia to class and share this lesson from Sermons4Kids.

or… Share this children’s sermon  and this lesson about the thankful leper.

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Watch a short history of Thanksgiving by the History Channel.

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Have each child make a little basket by Family Fun.  Cut out the leaves and have them write on the back of each leaf what they are thankful for. Put the leaves in the basket and let them take them home to help decorate for the season.

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Have the children make Thanksgiving People paper dolls, play Turkey Hunt, or make a paper turkey.  These beautiful toys are from The Toy Maker.

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Use your i-movie program to create a Thanksgiving music video with the song “Wanna Say Thank You” by Mary Rice Hopkins.  I googled pictures of Thanksgiving, Fall, children praying, etc.  The kids will love to watch it and listen to it as they do their crafts. (Do not put this on You Tube or sell it since the pictures will probably have a copyright.  This is only for personal use.)

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Sing “It Is Good”  by Mary Rice Hopkins

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Have them color a Thanksgiving Color page.  Here are some from Ministry- to -children.com

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For snack time make edible cornucopias out of sugar cones.

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Baby Moses

Scripture: Exodus 1: 1 – 2: 10 or pages 96 – 99 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 Exodus 1.

Remind the children that Joseph had invited his father and brothers to Egypt during the great famine.  Many years have passed since then and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers are no longer living.  But, their descendants are still in Egypt as the story begins…

(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:

  • Why was the new Pharaoh concerned?  The Israelites had become very large in number and he thought that they might fight back against the Egyptians.
  • What did the Egyptians do to prevent them from becoming larger in numbers?  They put the Israelites into forced labor.
  • What kind of work were they made to do?  building cities, making bricks, and working in the fields.
  • What happened the more work they were given to do?  The more they multiplied in numbers.
  • What did Pharaoh decide to do next?  Have the midwives kill the baby boys.
  • What is a midwife?  Someone who helps ladies when they give birth.
  • Did the midwives do what the Pharaoh told them to do and why?  No. They feared God.
  • What excuse did the midwives give Pharaoh for not killing the boys?  The Hebrew women were strong and gave birth before they got there.
  • What did God think of their disobedience to the Pharaoh? He was happy with them and He blessed them with their own families.
  • Usually we are to obey those that God has put in authority over us.  But, when do you think God might want you to disobey them?  When they ask us to do something wrong.  (Have the children think of some examples.)
  • What was Pharaoh’s next order?  That all of the Hebrew baby boys were to be thrown into the Nile.
  • How do you think Moses’ mother felt after she had a baby boy? Scared, sad, desperate, etc.
  • What did Moses’ mother do to protect him from being killed?  She put him in a basket and put him in the river among the reeds to hide him.
  • How did she keep it from sinking?  She coated it with pitch.
  • Who watched over the basket?  Miriam, Moses older sister
  • Who has God given you to take care of you? Mom & Dad, Grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers, policemen, firemen, etc.
  • Who found the basket?  Pharaoh’s daughter.
  • What was her reaction when she saw the baby?  She felt sorry for him.
  • What did Miriam do then?  She asked Pharaoh’s daughter if she wanted her to find a nurse for the baby.
  • Do you think Miriam was brave to talk to the princess?
  • Who did she bring to nurse the baby?  Moses’ mother.
  • What else did Moses’ mother get beside getting to take care of her own baby?  Money.  Pharaoh’s daughter paid her.
  • Later his mother took him back to live in the palace as the son of the princess.  What did the princess name him and why?  Moses, which means “I drew him out of the water.”
  • Both the midwives and Moses’ mother were blessed for disobeying evil laws. Do you think that God will protect and bless you when you stand up for what is right?   
  • Let’s pray and ask God to give us the courage to stand up against those who would ask us to do wrong things… 

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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 memory verse.

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

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Teach the children the song “Put ‘em in a Basket”  by Mary Rice Hopkins

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Read or listen to the devotional  “Obedient Rex”  from Keys for Kids.

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Have the children watch the video “Baby Moses” from Moody. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsHCrcmcwnI&feature=related

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Have the kids make this cute basket and baby Moses craft.  Or you might like this cute and easy craft.

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Make the little Bible scene “The Princess and the Baby” from My Little House.  Or print out the comic book story for each child.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own version of the  baby Moses story, or have them color a color page related to the story.  Color page #1,  page #2,   page #3, page #4 .

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Try one of these activities from Gospel Hall. Type 201 in the search box.

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Where is Baby Moses? Game

Have all the children leave the room except for one. Have that one child hide an object that represents Baby Moses, such as a clothes pin, somewhere in the room.  Allow the other children to return to the room.  The child who finds Moses hides him next.

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Here is a cute edible craft idea from Thelma’s Kitchen.  http://docthelmaskitchen.blogspot.com/2007/09/baby-moses-jello-craft.html

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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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Baby Moses – Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned how Moses’ mother hid him in a basket to save him from the Pharaoh.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

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

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Do an online jigsaw puzzle featuring Baby Moses.

http://jigsawsite.com/jigsaw-puzzle/24546/4×4.htm or this one http://songsofpraise.org/jigsaw2.php?imageurl=http://gardenofpraise.com/images2/jochebed7.jpg&imageheight=533&imagewidth=533&imagetitle=Baby+Moses&callingpage=http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl84s.htm

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Print out this maze and have your child help the princess find Baby Moses. http://childrenschapel.org/biblestories/color/babymosesMZ.html

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Baby Moses Craft: Have your child glue a paper cupcake cup to a blue piece of paper.  Cut strips of green paper and fringe it.  Then have him or her glue the fringe to the blue paper around the cup to make it look like it is hiding in the bulrushes.  Baby Moses could be made by wrapping a cotton ball in a tissue to represent a baby.  Glue the baby into the paper cup.

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Allow your child to watch Mary Rice Hopkins & Puppets With A Heart on Saturday mornings on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson. https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/baby-moses/ 

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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