Pastor Fish Lesson: Christmas

School is In – Let’s Talk About Christmas

LISTEN ALONG – The Nativity (Luke 1:27-2:20)

I’m Pastor Fish. Ready for a story? I want to tell you the story of Jesus’ birth. About two thousand years ago, in a town called Nazareth, there was a couple named Mary and Joseph, expecting a very special baby.

(I know, I know! Jesus, right?)

Right! Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem. Mary had to ride on a donkey for a few days, along the road and over the hills before they arrived in Bethlehem, and poor Joseph walked the whole way. When they got there, they couldn’t find anywhere to stay.

(Why not?)

There was a census, lots of people were traveling to their ancestral homes to be counted.

(So?)

So, more people were in town than usual, and there just wasn’t room!

(Oh, no!)

Eventually, they were given some room, where animals were kept. In the stable Mary gave birth to baby Jesus. Mary wrapped Jesus to keep Him snug and warm and laid Him in a manger full of hay. That’s a little like seaweed, only dry. At the same time, not very far away, some shepherds were looking after their sheep. An angel appeared to them and God’s glory shone all around. The angle told them about Good News.

(What did the angel say?)

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I bring you good joyful news! A savior, Messiah is born. You will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.” And so they hurried to the stable, praising God. They told their story, and everyone was amazed. Now, there’s more… do you want to hear about the magi?

(Yes!)

Far, far away, three wise men – magi – had noticed the signs in the heavens, pointing to the birth of a new king in Judea. They decided to follow the star to find this new King. It was a long journey to Judea! They went to the capital, Jerusalem, and spoke to King Herod, asking about the new king. Herod’s chief priests told them that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, so they continued on their way. They followed the star to the stable, and found the baby Jesus, the new king, lying in the manger. The wise men honored him, and gave him three presents: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

(Birthday presents! Hooray!)

Then, they went home by another way, because they had been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod.

(Yay!)

That is the story of the very first Christmas—the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Okay, school’s out for now. See you next time.

SING ALONG

We Wish You a Merry Christmas We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin.
We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding.
Now bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it right here.
We won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some,
We won’t go until we get some. So bring it right here.
We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

DISCUSSION

  • Review: We Always Review our “Golden Rule Rhyme.” Say together (substitute ‘Sunday school’ for something else such as ‘bible school’ where needed):
    “As we gather in Sunday school, we will follow the Golden Rule.
    To each other be kind and true, as we want to be treated too!” 
  • Bible Savvy:    Was Jesus born rich, or poor? Why would God choose a lowly manger, and an oppressed people?
  • Doing and Being: Christmas presents are fun. But, what sort of present would Jesus like from us, at Christmas? How can we welcome the little baby Jesus? How can Jesus be “born” in our hearts?
  • Bible Savvy: Christmas – Jesus coming as the light of the world – is celebrated when winter days stop getting shorter and darker and start getting longer and brighter. It celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. Can you see how it makes sense to celebrate at this time, regardless of the exact day of Jesus’ birth?
  • Doing and Being: The magi were warned in a dream to steer clear of a dangerous king. Why did they trust their dream? How can we grow to trust that little, small voice that warns us and tries to keep us safe?

ACTIVITY IDEAS

  • Imagination [Materials: clay or wood] create a little “crèche” (manger scene) together.
  • Role Play [Materials: costumes, backdrops] Put on a little play telling the Christmas story.

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