November 16 –
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Memory Verse: “Those who walked in the dark have seen a bright light. And it shines upon everyone who lives in the land of darkest shadows.” Isaiah 9:2 CEV
Ø As followers of Jesus, we worship him as our Lord.
Ø Jesus is the light of the world.
Ø We are called to offer our gifts to Jesus.
In the Good News Lesson we hope to:
Welcome and Introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you. Remember to that if you need the shepherds to assist you in any way do not be afraid to ask, that is why they are present with the class.
Explain the purpose of this workshop:
As we study the story of the Wise Men this week you are going to find out there was a fourth wise man who offered more than one gift to people he met along his journey in search of Jesus. We will discover there are different ways to view the gifts we bring to our Lord and to others.
1. Have the Children to stand and say the memory verse. (You may want to have the verse on poster board.)
2. Ask them to bow their heads for prayer. [Lord God of the nations, we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendor. The glow of your Word helps us to find our way to the truth. Be with us this morning and every day that we may see your light and know there is peace in our hearts. Amen.]
3. Have them to sit and open their Bibles to the Scripture. Ask the children to volunteer/assist in reading the scriptures. It is not necessary to have all children to read. If you want to read and have them to follow along, that is your choice. Matthew 2:1-12.
After reading the scripture ask if anyone would like to retell the story about the wise men and their journey to finding Jesus. Inform them that the wise men did not get to the see Jesus until he was a few months to a few years old. They had to journey a long way. Using the map in the story book, show them how far they had to travel. The star continued to shine to lead them to Jesus.
I am now going to read to you a great story. The title of the book is The Fourth Wise Man, by Henry Van Dike and Susan Summers. As I read the story I want you to listen and find out what type of gifts the wise man gave away and what gifts he received along the way.
For all children: Activity
Gifts for the children and gifts for their parents:
Ø Provide each child with a gift bag
Ø Show them the gift table or gift box – whatever works for you in displaying the items they are to select for their parents and/or someone who is important to them.
Ø They are to select 2 items and the items they can select from include: Tea Bags, Cinnamon Sticks, Good luck rocks/stones, pens and what ever else I provide or that you want to add to. Giving a gift to another person shows how special that person is and how much we care about them.
Ø Have the Shepherds to help the children select the TWO/2 items for their gift bag.
Ø Once they have selected their gifts to share – give them your gift. I suggest you make cookies, brownies, or purchase cookies or some sort of candy, like a candy cane and give each child a gift.
Ø Remind them that there are many types of gifts and some of them are unseen gifts. We need to remember to use our talents and gifts wisely.
Distribute the journal page for the students to work on – there will probably not be time for them to complete the Journal page.
By close with a prayer.
Prayer: Suggestions for the closing prayer – Dear Jesus in Heaven, thank you for your many gifts. Most of all, we thank you for spending time on earth so that men could get to know you and write about your love and provide us information about you being the true light. Help us as we go out this week to use the gifts you have given each of us and that we will use them wisely. We are thankful for your word and your truth. Amen.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Please make sure you collect the extra “gifts” and bags for the next week. Make sure you store them in a safe place and/or take them home with you. Close/lock the door and turn off the lights. The pillows in the Puppet room need to be placed back in the closet if you used them. You might want to store your story props in the closet as well, since others use this room.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Prepare an opening prayer for your lesson.
3. By the end of October there will be a package in the church office with your name on it. The package will contain the book, bags, mini gifts for parents and students, and the “jewels” for using during the story.
Suggested Supply List
Ø Bible verse on poster board
Ø Journal sheets copied for the class.
Ø Good News “care package” found in the church office with your name on it.
Ø If you get to church early enough each Sunday – use the pillows found in the Praising Puppets closet.
Children’s Illustrated Bible by Parker and Dyson
Book of Common Worship – 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press
The Fourth Wise Man by Van Dyke and Susan Summers