Editor's Note: This thread has a complete Birth of Jesus lesson set posted by FUMC, Ann Arbor. You'll notice some updates as we taught this rotation twice over a six year period.
The Birth Story of Jesus
Summary of all workshops in this Rotation:
- Art: Create stained glass votive holders using colors to represent the characters in the story of Jesus’ birth. (Uses glass paint)
- Cooking: Make a nativity snack bag to help them learn the story.
- Games: Using the game wheel & a quiz game focus on the Bible story of Jesus’ birth & the difference between what it says & what people think it says.
- Photography: Create tableaux (still pictures) of each portion of the story.
- Video: Hear the birth narrative from the perspective of the Peanuts characters in the video, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Note: These workshops were written for 1st through 6th graders though not all grades visit all workshops.
Matthew 1:18-23, Luke 1:26-38 and 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-15
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (King James Version)
"She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23b (NLT)
Rotation Objectives — After completing this Rotation, participants will be able to:
- Name that the story is found in the New Testament.
- For 3rd grade and up: Locate the story in Luke.
- Restate the sequence & timing of story events of Jesus’ birth, in his/her own words.
- Define Immanuel, a name for Jesus, as “God is with us.” Explore ways that God makes his presence known to us.
- Discover that God sent us his son Jesus because God loves us.
A lesson set written by folks from: First United Methodist Church
Ann Arbor, MI
Copyright 2006, 2011 First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI.
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