Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children and go deeper into the meaning of the Bible story of Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth
A family is watching old videos - it’s fun to bring back all the old memories. Then the son of the family sees something that makes him realise that he was switched as a baby, and is therefore not a true member of the family.
Quickly he breaks the video tape in two…
Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?
In her song Mary sings that God has not forgotten His love for Israel. That’s why he is always coming to the aid of his people. That is what he had promised to his friend Abraham and to everyone who came after him.
Mary knows that the birth of her child means that the God of all the ancient stories in the Bible, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jonah and Noah still loves His people. He has not forgotten them.
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:
Step 1 – What is your earliest memory? (5 minutes)
Share one of your earliest memories with the children – maybe bring something with you to demonstrate this.
Then ask the children about their earliest memories, or their nicest memories. What will they never forget?
Step 2: Watch the video ‘Memories’ with each other (5 minutes)
Step 3: Why does the son break the videotape? (5 minutes)
In this film the son discovers that he was switched as a baby and that he is not the couple’s real son.
Why does he break the videotape? How many reasons for this can you think of together?
Maybe the son doesn’t want his family to discover this, but perhaps he would rather forget it himself.
Do you think that the son will ever be able to forget it? Why/why not?
There are some things that you can never forget! In her song Mary sings about something that God can never forget. Who knows what God can never forget?