- Have you ever had really big news to share? Something you couldn’t wait to tell someone about? What was it?
- Lets say you had some suuuuper exciting news. Like, the most exciting news you could possibly ever have. How would you tell people about it?
- Jesus’ arrival was some REALLY big news. They didn’t have telephones or FaceTime or news stations to get the news out, but that didn’t mean no one heard! Let’s watch and see what happened!
- What is a shepherd’s job? To take care of sheep
- Imagine that you were in charge of watching a bunch of sheep out in a field and an angel showed up and started talking to you. What do you think that would have been like?
- What does “Glory to God” mean? Glory means honor and respect: they’re worshiping God.
- After seeing Jesus, the shepherds went and told EVERYONE they could about him. Why do you think they did that?
- Because Jesus was the cutest baby ever?
- Because they had never seen a baby before?
- God’s people had been waiting for a LONG time for the rescuer to come. And here he was. God had kept his promise! That was BIG news!
- If you were to ask the Shepherds when they met Jesus, they would tell you that they met him as a baby after the Angels told them about Him, right?
- How about you? How did YOU meet Jesus? Did someone tell you about Him?
- If you’ve never met Jesus, would you like to meet him?
From the EGC Kids Team: The Bible tells us that we ALL have sinned (Rom 3:23), and that sin separates us from God. But God promised a rescuer, and that’s what we’ve been talking about the past few weeks. Jesus came to earth, died, and rose again to defeat the powers of sin and death. He came to make us new. That’s why the Christmas story is so powerful: no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done: you are loved by a God who would go to incredible lengths to forgive you – and make you a part of his family.
If you don’t know Him, but would like to, there are some resources below that can help! If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone here at EGC about what it means to follow Jesus, you can reach a member of our pastoral staff here or our our kids min team here.
– What is the Big God story? This video tells the story of the Bible from creation to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to what it means for us today. It’s a great summary for early elementary ages.
– Leading Kids to Jesus Below is a document provided by TruStory about leading kids to Jesus (TruStory is the curriculum we base our lessons on each week).
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Check out the video below to learn fun movements to our memory verse with Ms. Crystal!
Option 1: Do you see what I see?
- Have each person in your family take turns spotting an object that is in the room with you. Without telling people what it is, try giving people two clues about your object to see if they can guess what it is.
- For instance, if you chose a lamp, you could say: “It’s bright and you plug it in.”
- The person who guesses what your object is gets to take the next turn!
Option 2: Do you hear what I hear?
- Play a game of telephone! Have one person think of a sentence or phrase and whisper it into the ear of the person next to them (without repeating anything!)
- That person then whispers what they think they heard to the next person in line, who tells the following person. . . until it makes it back to the last person. The final person has to say what they heard out loud to see if the message stayed the same or got totally mixed up!
- Can you think of a time when God did something really BIG in your life? What was it? (Has he healed you or someone you know? Provided something you needed? Given you courage to do something?)
- Our stories about meeting Jesus or what we’ve seen Him do are called our testimonies. Testimony is a big word, but it basically means “telling.” We tell others about who Jesus is and what he’s done – just like the shepherds did!
- When the shepherds told other people about Jesus, many were excited and began praising God. YOU can help people come to know Jesus too, by sharing your story with them.
- Today, let’s pray and thank Jesus together for all the things He’s done!
Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):