Kirk of Kildaire

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Shepherds and Angels (Revised)

November 13-December 11, 2005

It happened that the Roman emperor, Augustus, gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David's hometown, and Joseph went there because he was a descendent of David.

Mary was engaged to marry Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to Jesus. She wrapped him in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

On the night when Jesus was born, some shepherds were in the countryside nearby watching over their sheep. Suddenly they saw an angel standing in front of them, and they were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’ve got good news that will bring great joy to all the people. A baby has been born in Bethlehem, and he’s your savior, the Messiah, the Lord. You can find him wrapped up tight in cloth and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a crowd of angels appeared, praising God and saying “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace.”

After the angels left, the shepherds decided to go and see for themselves what the angel was talking about. So they went to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby. Afterwards they went back, praising God and telling everybody what they had seen and heard, and people were amazed at the story. But Mary kept quiet, and thought and wondered about everything that had happened.

Memory Verse: “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”– Luke 2:10 (CEV)

What we will learn:

·        God sent Jesus because God loves us.

·        God cares equally for all people.

·        God communicates with people in different ways.

·        We can learn from the shepherds about how to respond to God.

What is happening in Faith Quest Workshops?

¨     In Holywood, watch “Christmas Is” to learn of the importance of the shepherds in spreading the news of Jesus’ birth.

¨     In Antioch Arcade, play a game using the buzzer box to see how well you know the story of the shepherds and angels.

¨     In Creation Station make a 3-D shepherd or angel.

¨     In Good News – Bread of Life Cafe make cookies to eat and to share with someone special.

¨     In Apostle’s Playhouse learn how God used shepherds and angels to communicate with people.

Family Time and Prayer

Read:  Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1: 26-38

Reflection:  Think about how you would feel if an angel appeared to you and asked you to spread the word abut Jesus.

Prayer:  Thank you, God, for the gift of Jesus, for the angels and shepherds who shared the good news, and for all the people who bring the message of God’s love to us today. Amen.

Offering:  Joy Gift

Thank-you to our Workshop Leaders:

Creation Station – Lynn Ritter

Holywood – Lisa Porter

Antioch Arcade – Dona Woodard

Apostle’s Playhouse – Lawson Rankin

Good News Bread of Life Café – Allison Connors

Thank you to our Curriculum Design Team: Carole Rhodes, Lee Smith, Sara Ridings, Allison Connors, Angela Farthing, Robin Morris, Amy Woynicz, Lori Houck, and Stephanie Arnold.