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.
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.
- 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….
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
“You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1: 21
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.
Have the children fill out these worksheets and color page from Calvary Curriculum.
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
Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!
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.
Have the children make this story cube.
This lesson from the Church of God also has worksheet and a color page.
Use this game from Teach Them to help older children remember why Jesus came to earth.
Sing “Favored One/ What Child is This?” by Mary Rice Hopkins
The Good News of Jesus had everyone in the story singing. It should have us singing too, so sing some Christmas carols.
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.