PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Prophets Told About Jesus’ Birth
Bible Passage: Isaiah 7; 9; 11; Micah 5
Story Point: Everything God said about Jesus’ birth came true.
Key Passage: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
What is God Like: God is love.
CHRIST CONNECTION: God’s plan to save people from sin and death was not a secret plan. God used the prophets to give hope to His people. They said God would send a Messiah—born into the world as a baby—to live the perfect life people fail to live and die the guilty death we deserve.
LET'S HAVE A CONVERSATION
1. CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY
OPTION 2: WATCH IT
2. SHARE YOUR STORY
Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here’s one during a walk or at the dinner table this week: Ask kids about times they made predictions, such as who would win a sporting event or what they would get as a gift. Were they correct?
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
What did prophets do? (Prophets told about the Messiah.)
What does the name Immanuel mean? (Immanuel means “God with us.”)
What did all of Jesus’ names tell us about Him? (They told us who Jesus is and what great things He would do.)
Where did the prophet Micah say Jesus would be born? (in Bethlehem)
Why was Jesus born? (Jesus was born to rescue us.)
Who’s love never fails? (God’s)
Which prophet wrote about Jesus’ mother? (Isaiah, Isa. 7:14)
Which prophet wrote that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem? (Micah, Mic. 5:2)
Did these prophecies come true? (Everything God said about Jesus’ birth came true, Luke 1:27; 2:4-6)
Why is it important that these prophecies came true? Guide kids to see that God proves Himself faithful and trustworthy by always keeping His promises. Help them understand that the Old Testament prophecies coming true shows us that the Bible is God’s Word and is telling one story.
What promises are we still waiting on God to fulfill? Guide kids to think about the promises of salvation and eternal life with God. Remind kids that Jesus promised to return someday and completely do away with all evil. Jesus will return and fix everything that is broken in the world. God will keep those promises just as He kept His promises about Jesus’ birth.
What are some reasons it may be hard for us to always trust God’s promises? Guide kids to discuss the idea that we are living in a world that is still broken by sin. We are sometimes impatient and often forgetful. We may be tempted to doubt God’s goodness when we see sin and pain in the world, but we can trust God more by reading His Word and praying to ask Him for help.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
WHAT YOU NEED: household items that go together (toothpaste and a toothbrush, soap and a washcloth, a fork and spoon, and so forth) and bags (grocery or lunch bags)
WHAT YOU DO: Put each item in a paper sack and mix up the bags. Invite a kid to choose two bags. If the two items go together, set them aside and let another person pick. If not, put the items back in the bag. Play until all items are matched.
WHAT YOU SAY: •The Old Testament and New Testament may seem like separate things, but they go together like any of the items you matched in our game. They are both part of the one big story God has been telling. We see how they fit togher in this week’s Bible story.
WHAT YOU NEED: air-dry clay, sculpting figures (or use play-dough or other items you may have on hand)
WHAT YOU DO: Provide each kid with a lump of air-dry clay. Use sculpting tools, such as toothpicks or plastic flatware. Instruct the kids to make a nativity set with a figure for Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Remind the kids that they can use the set to tell others about Jesus’ birth and display them in their homes.
WHAT YOU SAY: •God sent prophets to tell about the coming Messiah. Despite their prophecies, people did not know exactly what to expect or when the Messiah would come. We can look back on Jesus’ birth and see that Everything God said about Jesus’ birth came true. When you use these nativity sets to tell people about Jesus’ birth, remember that Jesus came to rescue us because He loves us.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU NEED: A Bible (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16)
WHAT YOU DO: Before reviewing, place a bookmark at John 3:16. Hide the Bible somewhere unlikely. Choose a child to find it, giving specific direction. Invite him to open the found Bible to the key passage. Read it out loud.
Here’s a link to Motions
WHAT YOU SAY: Our key passage reminds us that God displayed His love for us in a very amazing way. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Everyone who believes in Jesus will be saved from sin and live forever with God.
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
describe a friend
WHAT YOU DO: Gather the family or group together. Tell them you are going to give clues about someone. Then as you give more and more details (hair color, shirt color, shoe type, and so forth), ask the children to guess whom you described. When someone guesses correctly, repeat the game with another child to guess.
WHAT YOU SAY: Before Jesus came, God told the prophets about Him. They did not give clues about Jesus in the same wayI gave clues about you, but they wrote down special things about Jesus so that when He came, people would know He is the Messiah!
proclaim jesus is coming
WHAT YOU NEED: bowls, paper towel tubes, cups, and so forth
WHAT YOU DO: Place different objects around the room for the preschoolers to speak into. Invite children to experiment by saying “Jesus is coming!” into each of the objects and listening to how it changes the sound of their voices. You may also choose to either take predictions (by asking children if an object will make their voices louder or softer).
WHAT YOU SAY: This week, we learned about two prophets. Prophets were people who listened to God and told the people what He said. God told the prophets that Jesus was coming. Many prophets from different times and places told about Jesus.
make dough letters
WHAT YOU NEED: instruments
WHAT YOU DO: Provide rhythm instruments as you play worship music about Jesus’ love for people. Retell the Bible story.
WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus cared for people. Anyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
What does the story teach me about myself?
Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
What does the story teach me about people around me?
If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.