PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
JESUS WAS BORN
Bible Passage: Luke 2
Story Point: Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.
Key Passage: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2 (NIV)
What is God Like: God is personal. (He is fully God and fully a human)
CHRIST CONNECTION: The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus, the promised Savior, came into the world to deliver us from sin and death and have a relationship with us.
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 are a couple for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:
What’s your favorite thing about celebrating your birthday?
What is so special about Jesus’ birth?
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
Where did Joseph and Mary travel when she was pregnant with Baby Jesus? (to Bethlehem)
Where did Joseph and Mary stay in Bethlehem? (in a place where animals were kept)
Who appeared to the shepherds? (an angel, angels)
What was the angel’s message? (Today a Savior was born for you. Go find the baby.)
Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
Why did Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem? (to be registered in the census, Luke 2:1-5)
Why was Jesus laid in a manger? (There was no guest room available, Luke 2:7)
Who were Jesus’ first visitors? (shepherds, Luke 2:8,16)
Why is Jesus’ birth so incredible? Guide kids to discuss both the unusual circumstances of Jesus’ arrival—such as the angel choirs proclaiming His birth—and the miraculous nature of Jesus’ full divinity being wrapped in full humanity. Remind kids that Jesus the Messiah had been promised to come for thousands of years, and God is faithful.
Why is it important that Jesus came as a human baby? Help kids understand that God’s plan to destroy sin required a perfect sacrifice. Jesus’ birth as a human meant that He could grow up and lay down His life for us. He could live the perfect human life we are unable to live and die the kind of death we deserve. Jesus’ full humanity is why He could die to save humans.
Why is it important that Jesus remained God? Explain that Jesus’ nature as fully God is what allowed Him to bear the weight of God’s punishment for sin in a human body. The complete power of God in Jesus also gave Him the power to reject temptation and live a perfectly sinless life.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
WHAT YOU NEED: paper, pen, crayons
WHAT YOU DO: Invite each person to choose a small animal (cat, hamster, ladybug, turtle, squirrel, and so on). Or, you can partner up or do as a family. Choose one person in the group to draw a picture of the animal. One person should be the writer (or just share their answers). Group members should discuss what it might be like to live as that animal. Prompt kids to write a journal entry (or tell a story) from the perspective of the animal about their activities in a day. Choose volunteers to read (or tell) the stories aloud and share their drawings.
WHAT YOU SAY: Those were some interesting stories! I’m not sure I would like to be an animal for a day. It would definitely be a step down from everything I get to enjoy as a person. Have you ever thought about what it was like for God the Son to come down to earth as a man? Retell the Bible Story.
the minute game
WHAT YOU NEED: timer
WHAT YOU DO: Have members of the family stand up. Challenge them to sit down when they think exactly one minute has elapsed. Use a stopwatch and keep track of who sits closest to a minute without going over. Play additional rounds using different lengths of time.
WHAT YOU SAY: In that game, we didn’t know exactly when a minute would be up, but we had the ability to count seconds to try and come close. Waiting for something can be especially hard if you don’t know when it will happen. Imagine God’s people, who had been waiting for thousands of years. They did not know exactly when the Messiah would come, but they knew God would be faithful. When Jesus was born, it was somewhat unexpected. If it hadn’t been for the angels proclaiming the news to shepherds, only Mary and Joseph would have even known the Messiah was there! But all that waiting was worth it when Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU NEED: A Bible, Paper, markers, scissors
WHAT YOU DO: Read the key passage aloud. Give each kid a piece of paper and a marker. Instruct kids to write the key passage, filling up as much of the paper as they can. Then provide scissors and invite them to cut their papers into puzzle pieces.
Direct kids to mix up their puzzle pieces and assemble them to practice saying the key passage. If there is more than person, consider trading and completing another person’s puzzle. Use throughout the week.
WHAT YOU SAY: What does our key passage tell us about God the Son? [Allow kids to respond.] Jesus was no ordinary baby. He is God the Son who came to earth as a human. Let’s say the Who is God question? Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He is personal.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John 1:1-2
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
WHAT YOU NEED: various items to count (buttons, paper, silverware, etc.)
WHAT YOU DO: Gather items and invite a child to count to discover how many pieces there are. Suggest children count other items in the house or yard. Count crayons or cheerios. Whatever you have around! Count books on a shelf or chairs in the kitchen.
WHAT YOU SAY: When Mary was pregnant with Baby Jesus, the ruler wanted to know how many people were in his kingdom, so he made everyone travel to his hometown to be counted. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem. Let’s read the Bible story to hear what happened while they were in Bethlehem.
collage baby gift wrap
WHAT YOU NEED: wrapping paper, scissors, paper, glue stick
WHAT YOU DO: Cut wrapping paper into 1-inch pieces. Provide construction paper and glue sticks. Show a child how to rub the glue on the paper and attach a piece of gift wrap. If available, look at pictures in Bibles or online of art showing Jesus’ birth.
WHAT YOU SAY: These paper pieces make me think of a new baby. In this week’s Bible story, we heard about the birth of the most important baby ever born—Baby Jesus! Jesus was not like other babies. Jesus is God’s Son. God sent Jesus to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to rescue people from their sins.
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.