Game - Jesus is born: It's dark!

A game to celebrate Christmas which brings light in the darkness

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus.

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What do you need: 

- tea towels or other blindfolds
- unwritten Christmas cards
- pens
- stopwatch

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Object lesson - Jesus is born: 100 million homeless children

This idea will help the children to take a wider view of the issues raised by the story of the birth of Jesus

There is no place for Jesus in Bethlehem, so he is laid in a manger. Did you know that there are more than 100 million homeless children in our world who have no place to sleep at night?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus.

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What do you need:

- A large, wooden board (of for example 1 m x 1m) with a very large circle drawn on it.
- 100 or more cheap felt tip pens

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Object lesson - Jesus is born: Which year do we live in?


A fun group activity to help the children think about the impact of the birth of Jesus on our lives

The birth of Jesus turned the whole world upside down. We even use it to tell us what year we live in!

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus

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What do you need:

- paper and pens

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Experiment - Jesus is born: Can you smell God's love?

An fun, alternative way to introduce the idea of God's love at Christmas

The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly where Jesus was born, but over the centuries the story of the stable has come into being. God's Son comes down from heaven to come very close. So close that he is born in a stable, to show how much God loves us.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus.

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What do you need:

What do you need:
- a nicely decorated box full of manure (the contents of a rabbit hutch, guinea pig hutch, barn or chicken coop)

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Prayer idea: Mary meets the angel Gabriel: 'Empty your junk drawer'

The theme of today’s Bible story is 'Upside down'. God does things completely different to people.

Mary discovers this when she meets the angel Gabriel.
Today we are going to pray in an ‘upside down’ way by using the ‘junk drawer’ method.

 

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Everyone has a junk drawer in their house. Some people even have a room or a house full of junk. But we all have at least a box or a drawer full of stuff that we don’t use any more, but also don’t want to throw away yet. It is a twilight zone full of things that are between being wanted and unwanted. When you use the ‘junk drawer’ method you take all the content of your junk drawer with you and place it on a table.

The beauty of this method is that everyone in the group participates. Not only the child that always wants to pray, but also the shy children who would not normally speak in the group.

What do you need:

- a table full of object out of your junk drawer - lots of random objects!

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YouTube video - Jesus is born: Snowman

Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of the birth of Jesus

A couple of children make two snowmen in their front garden - a man and a women. snowman in front. One morning, the male snowman has disappeared. In the video you see him travel far and wide and facing lots of difficulties in order to buy a present for the female snowman (snowwoman!) He shows his love for her by making a difficult journey full of obstacles and suffering.

This idea is part of complete Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus

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How does this film apply to today's Bible story?

The snowman's journey is symbolic of God's journey towards us. Through suffering, and being born in a stable, God shows how much He loves us by giving us a great gift.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?
If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps: 

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Storytelling tips - Jesus is born: It's going to be alright, Maria!


An fun way to involve the children in the telling of the story of the birth of Jesus

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of the birth of Jesus


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Icebreaker - Jesus is born: Sing a Christmas carol!

A fun, lively icebreaker to introduce the story of the birth of Jesus

Today we are going to hear a story about the birth of Jesus, and the shepherds who heard the angels singing. First we're going to sing ourselves...

This idea is part of a whole Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus

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What do you need:

- pen and paper

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Object lesson - Jesus is born: A golden crown, or just straw?

You can use this as a children’s moment or an introduction to the story of the birth of Jesus.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the birth of Jesus.

What do you need:

- large wooden box
- gold crown
- straw

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Sunday school lesson - NT - Christmas 5: Jesus is born


This is part 5 of our series of complete Sunday school lessons for advent and Christmas Day.

First advent Sunday – Zechariah meets the angel Gabriel who tells him that he and his wife Elisabeth are going to have a child, John.
Second advent Sunday – Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel who tells her that she will become pregnant and bear a child, who will be called the Son of God.
Third advent Sunday – Mary goes to visit Elisabeth.
Fourth advent Sunday – The birth of John the Baptist and the song of Zechariah.
Christmas Day – The birth of Jesus

 

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Here are the following ideas for your Sunday school lesson for you to choose from:

A crown in the straw? - a children's moment
Sing a Christmas carol! - an icebreaker
It's going to be alright Maria! - an interactive storytelling tip
Watch the video ‘Snowman’ - YouTube video and discussion
Can you smell God's love? - a fun object lesson
100 million homeless children - a creative activity
Which year do we live in? - a creative activity
The story of the four candles - a creative activity
It’s dark! - a Bible game
Multiple choice Christmas quiz - a Bible game
Where are you in the stable? - a crafts and creative prayer idea

Download the PDF booklet with all these ideas below

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Crafts idea - Jesus calls the disciples: A chain of disciples

Jesus calls Peter and the others to become fishers of men.

They are making a chain of disciples, who are all following Jesus.

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What do you need?

- white strips of paper
- pens and pencils
- scissors

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Game - Jesus calls the disciples: Balloon crab


A fun Bible game on Jesus calling the disciples for your Sunday school lesson or children's ministry

Jesus called his disciples to become fishers of men. They were going to bring people back home to God.
Today we are going to bring home something completely different in two teams: balloons!

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What do you need: 

- two balloons
- tape

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