Christmas-Celebrating Jesus, God's greatest gift
December 2020 • Week 3
Today's Bible story: How He Loves (Jesus Is Born) • Luke 2:1-7
Monthly memory verse: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11 (NIrV)
Memory Verse for 2's - Pre-K: Today your Savior was born in David's town. He is Christ, the Lord. Luke 2:11 (ICB)
Life Application: Christmas-Celebrating Jesus, God's greatest gift
Suggested songs: The Friendly Beasts, Carol Medley, Happy Birthday Jesus and The Camel Song
Praise & Pray: Sing along with the provided worship videos and pray. Access songs here
What you might pray: "God thank you so much for sending Jesus to be our Savior King, so that when we put our trust in him we can be forgiven for our sins and have a relationship with you! Amen."
Family Devotional & Discussion
What you do: Watch the complementary video together as a family and discuss today's question.
What you discuss: "Christmas is such a fun time. Decorations, Christmas movies, lights, presents, food, family, but the Christmas story reminds us that God loves us so much He sent his Son for us. Christmas all started with a gift, God's gift of his Son to the world. What are you giving this Christmas?"
Bible Story Review
What you need: Bible
What you do: Read Luke 2:1-7 together. Review the Bible story with the kids using the questions below.
- What was the main point from our lesson? (God loved us SO much that He gave us a Savior.)
- Where was Jesus born? (Bethlehem, in a stable)
- Where did Mary lay Jesus? (In a manger, the place where animals eat)
- Who did the angel appear to with the news of Jesus' birth? (Shepherds)
- Why did Jesus come to save us? (So we could be forgiven for our sins and so we could enjoy life with God!)
- What's the gift you're most excited about giving this year?
- What could you give that isn't a "thing"?
- Why did God send Jesus for us? Why did we need a Savior?
- When you think about the fact that God gave Jesus for you, what does it make you feel? What does it make you want to do? Why?
- How or when do you feel God's love for you? When is it hard for you to feel God's love?
- Can you explain how much God loves you? How do you know God loves you?
Pray and bless your family
What you need: No supplies needed
What you do: Ask for prayer requests.
- Guide kids to silently think about how God loves them.
- End with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for sending Jesus as a gift of His love.
What you might pray: "Thank You, God, for giving us the greatest gift. You loved us so much that you sent Your only Son to be our Rescuer-to save us from our sins so that we could be part of Your family forever. Thank You for giving us such an amazing reason to celebrate at Christmas. In the midst of our busy day on Christmas, remind us to take a moment to thank You for all You have given us. We love You. Pray for prayer requests. In Jesus' name, amen."
"Remember this Christmas that [Bottom Line] God loved us so much that He gave us a Savior."
What you need: Printed 'Nativity' Activity pages (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE), scissors, tape, crayons or colored pencils
What you do: Print the 'Nativity' Activity pages for each family member.
- Color the 'Nativity' activity pages.
- Cut out all pieces along the solid lines.
- Glue and tape the body together first.
- Second, glue the head and arms together along with the staff and lantern.
- Finally glue the head and arms to the body. Please also see the instructions on the 'Nativity' activity sheet.
- Ask children to retell the nativity story using Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus.
- Classroom Adaption: Kids will color the precut Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Show kids how to glue the pieces together.
- Classroom Adaption: Kids may make a prepackaged activity kit if they finish the nativity craft early.
What you say: "I just love the Christmas story. God promised to send a Savior, and He did. He had a plan to make things right. God showed us just how much He loves us by choosing to send Jesus! I want you to take this nativity scene home and retell the Christmas story with your family. Ask an adult to open the Bible to Luke 2, just like we did today. It will remind you in the middle of the Christmas craziness that all of this is really about a baby, born long ago, sent from God for you and me. As you act out the story, remember [Bottom Line] God loved us SO much that He gave us a Savior." [Make it Personal- Talk about the Christmas story with your family / class. Share with them about the first time you understood the significance of this gift.]
What you need: 'Draw the Story' Activity paper (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE), markers, Bibles
What you do:
- Label each paper with the following verses (one verse section per paper)
- Luke 2:1-3
- Luke 2:4-5
- Luke 2:6-7
- Tell kids / family members to look up their passage of Scripture in the Bible and read their verses. Classroom Adaptation: Pass out the 'Draw the Story' activity paper.
- Kids / family members will then draw what is happening. Classroom adaption: The scriptures are typed on the 'Draw the Story' paper.
- Give kids / family members several minutes to draw, and then ask them to show someone next to them the pictures and tell what's happening.
What you say: God loved us SO much that He gave us a Savior. He gave us the greatest give of all when He gave us Jesus. That was his ultimate act of compassion and care for us. Just like God cares for us and has met our greatest need, we are supposed to care for others and help meet their needs. God wants us to look around and see the very real and practical needs that other people have and then do something about those needs. What are some things you can give to someone this week? Think beyond just physical objects to something you can't touch, like giving your time, energy, or attention to someone." (Allow kids to respond.)
(Classroom extra time activity or incorporate into the Praise and Worship time.)
What you do: Open the Bible to Luke 2:10 - 11. Ask a family member to read the scripture.
- Practice the scripture memory verse a few times together.
- Watch, sing, and do the actions together to the song for Luke 2:10 - 11 found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPtbbgFoK1c
What you say: "Do you know that the best gift you can ever receive is Jesus? When God gave us Jesus it was the best gift ever. That's what our memory verse reminds us! God had a plan to send Jesus to rescue you for a long, long time. It's part of His good plan for your life! And even if life looks differently than you though it would, remember Jesus. Remember that God loves you so much it was His good plan to send Jesus to rescue you so you could have a relationship with Him. Jesus is the gift that can bring you the greatest joy, no matter what happens. And you can trust that the rest of God's plan for your life is a good one, too. [Bottom Line] You can have joy because God has a plan for you."