Our Christmas Program was a small (20 minute or so) part of one of the Sunday services in December. Our rehearsal time was during our Sunday School time for several weeks before the date of the program. We did the program in late service, so that we had the Sunday school time that day to get into costumes, run through things, etc. Our ages ranged from PreK through 8th grade.
From the Manger to the Cross
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through Him.” —John 3: 16-17
We are all sinners in need of a Savior. Fortunately, God loves us and had a plan for our salvation—a plan that involved His only Son, Jesus Christ. In our program today, we remember that God’s plan did not end with the birth of Christ. The fulfillment of God’s promise occurred with the victory of the Cross and the Resurrection. (Narrated by one of the older kids).
A Christmas Poem “What Christmas Means” Vickie Lambdin
(This poem is basically "C is for............ H is for...............". We had 9 students stand up in front. Each had a posterboard with one of the letters on it. Their line to the poem was written on the back of the posterboard. So they held up their letter and read their line, then the next person held up their letter and read their line. etc. We contacted the author for permission to use the poem. Here is a link to the poem: http://www.angelfire.com/pamspages11/WCM.html)
“Away in a Manger” (sung by PreK through 2nd grade)
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all people Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
He is Christ the Lord.” --Luke 2: 10-11
From the Manger—A Christmas Drama
by Dixie Phillips
(This was a very short drama skit. I "think" it was from Abingdon Press. It had been in our Sunday School closet for years! The following parts had lines (basically 1-2 sentences so that wasn't too hard): Narrator, donkey, Mary, Joseph, Innkeeper, Angel 1 & 2, Shepherd 1-4, Star, Wise Man 1-3. The smallest kids filled in the ranks of angels and shepherds.
Philippians 2: 8-9 reminds us that Christ “made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross”. The Babe of Bethlehem grew up to become the Christ of Calvary.
Hymn (Sung by the congregation)
(This gave us time to get all the kids down from the altar area and into their seats, and set up the DVD projector and screen at the front of the church).
Music Video “Mary, Did You Know?” by Mark Lowry
Mary, a devout Jewish maiden, would have been aware of the promises and prophecies
of the Savior included in the Scriptures. After the shepherds came to see the newborn
Savior and to share what the angels had said, Luke states that “Mary treasured up all
these things and pondered them in her heart”. Did Mary really know that her Son
would heal the sick and calm the storm and raise the dead? Did she know that He
would die on a cross for our sins (and her sins)—and come back to life so that we
would have salvation? Last Christmas, in Sunday School, we talked about these
things. Then the students acted out the words of this song. We put these actions
to the music in order to create this video.
The Manger to the Cross (sung by Grades 3-8) by Mark Collier, Angel Creek Music, 2000. (VBS, Road Rally Praises, Jesus Road Rally ©2000, Standard Publishing.)
(Here is a link for The Manger to the Cross song, once there to view click on View or to download click on green PDF - as pictured below, found on pages 16-17.)
Love came down at Christmas, and from Calvary arose.
For death gave way to victory, when He triumphed o’er His foes.
by Gary Cavendish