Lots of things seem to happen when Mary comes to visit her pregnant aunt Elisabeth
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”
Luke 1: 39 -45
1. Mary meets Elisabeth - The Big Tummy race
In this Bible story the two pregnant women meet each other. Split the children into two groups and do a relay race with them. Create a fun course for them to run. Give each group a blown up balloon. When the race starts, the first child puts the balloon beneath his or her shirt and runs the course with the balloon. After finishing the course the balloon is passed to the next child. (10 min)
2. Mary meets Elisabeth - Big Tummy visiting
Is there someone pregnant in the church or someone else that you know who is pregnant? It might be fun to invite her to the children’s program, Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.
She could then share what it feels like to be pregnant. Has she ever felt her baby kicking? Or even leaping, like Elisabeth? Perhaps she will allow some children to feel her tummy and see if the baby is moving.
What do you think this would have been like for Mary and Elisabeth? (10 - 15 min)
3. Mary meets Elisabeth - What has been forgotten?
This fun game will help you think about the meaning of Mary's song. The coming of Jesus had a huge impact on Mary. It meant that God had not forgotten His people. The God of all the old stories in the Bible still loves His people He has not forgotten them. And He never will!
"He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful o Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:54-55 )
Put fifteen different objects on a table. Get the children to stand around the table and name all fifteen objects. Ask one of the children to go out of the room and remove one of the objects. Can the child see which of the objects has disappeared? (10 min)
4. Mary meets Elisabeth - Let’s create a chain reaction
When you read the story of Mary meeting her aunt Elizabeth, you can see that a chain reaction is taking place. The baby in Elisabeth’s tummy leaps with joy. Elisabeth rejoices and proclaims that Mary is blessed. Mary joins in and starts singing about God’s goodness.
Why not create a giant chain reaction with the children? You can use all kind of items, like marbles, bottles, dominoes, tubes, etc.
It's probably a good idea to have prepared a small section to start with, to help the children get the idea. It would be fun to end with a grand finale which will make the children cheer. Just like Mary who couldn’t stop cheering and celebrating, because she was so happy with what God was doing.
On YouTube you can find lots of examples of chain reactions.
5. Mary meets Elisabeth - What is bubbling in your heart?
Create a homemade bubble blower (see the vdeo). Add a few drops of food colouring liquid into each bottle. Make sure each bottle has a different colour. Give the children a empty piece of paper in the shape of a heart. Let them write on the heart things that they are grateful for and things they want to thank God for. Let them blow bubbles against the paper. When the bubbles burst, a colourful patters remains on the paper.
What do you need?
- bottles of bubble blower (or you can create your own!)
- liquid food colouring
- paper hearts and pens