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1 Maccabees 4:6-59 "The Story of Hanukkah"

Video Lesson Sketch

Holy Word Studio:


Watch a preview clip of this video by Nest Entertainment from YouTube:

Teacher preparation:

  1. Read the Scripture passages prayerfully, asking God to show you what He has to say to you and to those He’s given you to teach.
  2. Read the Biblical Explanation and Background, and think about what concepts you need to teach.
  3. Watch the DVD and review all of the interactive questions so that you are familiar with how to use them.
  4. Prepare the necessary materials.

Lesson Plan


Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Open with a prayer.


Teach about where the story of 1 Maccabees fits into the Bible (note that the story happened between the times of the Old and New Testaments), briefly describing that this story recounts the origins of the biblical holiday of Hanukkah that Jesus himself celebrated at the  Jerusalem Temple (John 10:22-23).  If it is past the first Sunday of this rotation, first ask the children to relate what they’ve already learned about Maccabees and Hanukkah in other workshops.

Watch the DVD and guide the kids through the interactive questions located on the extra features menu.

Review the memory verse with the kids:

“The LORD is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear.” Psalm 27:1a


Close the session with prayer, thanking God for the faith of the Maccabees and asking for God to give us the boldness to live our faith for Him.

Written by Rev. Ron Shifley from Scotland United Church of Christ
Scotland, SD, USA

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