2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the learning our names song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.
Bethlehem Lullaby (To the tune of Brahms Lullaby.)
Long ago, there was born in the city of David,
A sweet, holy babe, who was Jesus our King,
Angels sang at his birth, "Peace on earth, peace on earth"
Angels sang at his birth, "Peace on earth, peace on earth."
3) Prayer... Thank God for sending his Son to be our Saviour!
4) Theme: Remind the children of the theme of the unit: God sends his greatest gift, Jesus Christ our Saviour. John 1:14 “we beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father”
Tell them that they are going to hear a Bible Story again today that shows the glory of God through the birth of his son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
5) Bible Story: Today’s Story is about the birth of Jesus. Read page 251-253 from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic).
6) Text: Today’s Text is: “He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.” Luke 1:32a
- Toilet Paper Angel… cut out wings and heads before class. If using brown toilet paper rolls, cut out squares of white paper to cover or paint with white craft paint before the lesson. Have the children glue on the paper, wings and head. Twist a white/yellow pipe cleaner to make a halo. Children can decorate by gluing on glitter, sparkle stickers or feathers.
- Shapes Angel Craft: before class, cut out a large triangle for the body, and a circle for the head. Use white paper doilies for the wings Have the children assemble the pieces to form an angel and glue onto a sheet of construction paper. Add google eyes and draw on a mouth. Write on the bottom of the sheet: “The angel said…” and then glue on the text.
- Clay Pot Angel
You'll need:miniature clay pot,large wooden bead,paint,wide ribbon,yarn or doll hair
Directions:Turn pot upside down and glue wooden bead on top for angel's head. Paint a face on the head. Tie ribbon into large bow. Glue on back of pot for wings. Glue yarn or doll hair (can be purchased from craft stores) on top of head. Decorate with whatever you like, buttons down the front, ric-rac around the bottom of pot, paint, sequins, whatever! Let the kids be creative and have fun!
- Hand-y Angel
You'll need:1 white and 1 yellow sheet of construction paper,crayons,scissors,glue and any color yarn Directions:Make an angel pattern to trace on white constrution paper. Have children trace each hand on yellow construction paper. Cut all of these out. Draw face on angel. Glue hands to back for angel wings. place yarn on back to allow angel to be hung up.
8) Closing Prayer... say the Lord's Prayer together with the children
9) Going Home: Sing the closing together. Then, check to see if all the children have collected their crafts and coloring sheets before they go home. Say goodbye and tell them that you enjoyed learning about God together and were happy to have them today! You were, weren’t you?
10) Optional Coloring Pages
the angels announce: http://www.first-school.ws/t/cp_bible/angelshepherds_luke2.htm
the journey to Bethlehem: http://www.first-school.ws/t/cp_bible/tripbeth_luke2.htm
worshipping the new-born King: http://www.first-school.ws/t/cp_bible/1stxmas_luke2.htm
Here is a 25 page coloring book that the children can use to "count down" till Christmas day. This is useful if your lesson falls late in the calendar year. http://www.dltk-bible.com/advent/index.htm