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.
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...
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
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.”
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
Have the children make this darling pop up nativity card from My Little House.
This nativity puppet theater from Sarah Jane is darling.
Make nativity story cubes from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry.
Here is a great shepherd and angel choir craft from Amy’s Free Ideas.
Share the “Jingle All the Way!” object lesson from Sermons4kids.
Teach them the song “Sheep Party” by Mary Rice Hopkins.
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.
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
Make Christmas bookmarks from Bible Story Printables. The children can give them to their parents, siblings or friends as gifts.
Bring sheep cupcakes for the snack. Scroll down at this link to find directions for this cute idea.
Make this edible nativity from Dukes and Duchesses.
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.