Birth Narrative



Apostles’ Playhouse




Scripture:  Luke 1:26-38 and 2:1-7   



·        God brings new hope into the world through Jesus.

·        Jesus came into the world to fulfill God’s plan.


Memory Verse: Isaiah 9:6 (CEV) “A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.”



1.     Children will act out the story of Jesus’ birth.

2.     The class will perform the play for a class invited to come watch and their parents.




Welcome and Introductions:

1.     Greet the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your nametag.

2.     Explain that today is a very special day in Apostle’s playhouse because the children will act out the story of Jesus’ birth using special props and costumes made just for telling this wonderful story. They will practice their play and then get to perform it for a class that has been invited to watch and their parents.


Scripture/Bible Story:

Review the Bible story by either reading or retelling. Encourage the children to use their bibles in looking up verses. Read the verses to the class or have the children take turns reading.


After reading or retelling the story talk about some emotions that the characters experienced:

·        How did Mary feel when an angel appeared before her? Afraid, amazed etc.

·        Show how you would look if an angel appeared before you. Act amazed/frightened.

·        How do you think Mary and Joseph felt when they had to walk to Bethlehem? Exhausted, hot.

·        How would you look if you walked this long way? Act out exhausted walk to Bethlehem.

·        How do you think Mary and Joseph felt when the baby was born? Happy, etc.

·        Imagine you are holding your new baby for the first time. Act out holding new baby tenderly in your arms.



Assign parts and rehearse play. Encourage dramatic movement and action rather that just reading lines. A guest class(es) will be scheduled to appear between 10:25 and 10:30.

Props: Manger, hay, animals will be on the stage and should be moved into place when classes leave the great hall. See diagram for suggested positions.

Costumes are specifically for the Christmas story and will be found in labeled boxes or bags on or near the stage.

Actors: Narrator (can be an adult for very young classes)

Angel : two or more

Emperor Augustus

Mary and Joseph

Inn Keeper

Shepherd: two or more

Animals as desired such as sheep

Script: see attached, you may copy script and highlight each actors parts or put lines on note cards.  For the younger classes unless there is a very confident reader in the group an adult should be the narrator. The shepherd can help you select narrators and actors.




Prayer:  Lead a prayer of your own choosing thanking God for loving us and sending our savior Jesus.


Lead a repetition prayer using Mary’s Song of Praise Luke 1:46-48

Say each line and have children repeat after you


            Mary’s Song of Praise

With all my heart

I praise the Lord,

And I am glad

Because of God my Savior.

He cares for me,

His humble servant.


Journal time: There probably won’t be time for journal writing due to the length of this workshop however if there is time ask children to illustrate Mary’s Song of Praise (copy attached sheet).



Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Put costumes in their specific boxes. Push manger, hay, and animals to the side and cover with sheet.



Teacher preparation in advance:

1.     Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2.     Prepare a closing prayer.

3.     Set up props.



Supply List


·        costumes

·        manger

·        other props (animals)

·        hay bale



The Christmas Story


Scene 1: The Angel Greets Mary

Narrator stands on the stage off to the side a little. Narrator’s words are cues to action.

As the story opens Mary is sitting on a cushion stirring something in a bowl, humming.


Narrator:  God’s Love is for everyone! Jesus came into the world to be the Savior of all people. Our class is presenting the story of Jesus’ birth. Welcome to our play.

God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth with a message for Mary.

The angel greeted Mary and said….


Angel: You are blessed. The Lord is with you.


Narrator: Mary was confused. Then the angel said…


Angel: Don’t be afraid. God is pleased with you. You will have a son and his name will be Jesus.


Mary: How can this happen? I am not married.


Angel: God’s power will come over you. Your child with be the Son of God.


Narrator: Mary feels peace now. She folds her hands in prayer, bows her head and says….


Mary: I am the Lord’s servant.


Narrator: Mary is happy and sings songs of praise to God.


Scene 2: Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem


Narrator: About this time Emperor Augustus gave order for the names of all the people to be listed in record books.


Emperor: (Holds scepter and large record book) Attention Everyone! I order you to be listed in my record books.


Narrator: Everyone had to go to their own town to be listed. Mary was engaged to Joseph so she went with him to Bethlehem. She was going to have a baby soon.


Joseph: (goes to Mary) Mary we have to go to Bethlehem to register. (helps her up, they walk off front of stage across the front and up the side stairs. They pretend like it is a long way. When they arrive Joseph pretends to knock at the inn door.)


Narrator: When they arrive in Bethlehem they find there is no room at the inn for them to stay.


Innkeeper: (answers Joseph’s knock) What do you want? A room? There is no more rooms left, you can use the barn though.


Narrator: Joseph and Mary shared a room with the animals and when baby Jesus was born they wrapped in cloth and laid him in a manger. Mary and Joseph tenderly take care of baby Jesus.


Scene 3: The Shepherds


Narrator: That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep. All at once an angel appeared before them. The shepherds were afraid, but the angel said….


Angel: Don’t be afraid. I have good news for you which will make everyone happy! This very day a Savior was born; he is Christ the Lord. You will find him wrapped in warm clothes and lying on a bed of hay.


Other angels: (join hands with the first angel and dance in a ring around the shepherds) Praise God in Heaven! Praise God in Heaven! Praise God in Heaven!  (angels scurry away)


Shepherds: (look at each other and say…) Let’s go to Bethlehem.


Narrator: So the shepherds hurried off to Bethlehem. They found Mary and Joseph and saw baby Jesus lying in a manger. They told Mary and Joseph what the angel had said.


Shepherd: An angel told us that this is a very special baby, he is Christ the Lord our savior.


Narrator: The shepherds returned to their sheep shouting praises to God. Joseph and Mary wondered at everything that had happened and gave thanks to the Lord.

We still give our thanks to God for loving us and sending Jesus to give our world hope and love. Thank you for attending our play. Will our actors please take a bow.



Mary’s Song of Praise Luke 1:46-48


With all my heart

I praise the Lord,

And I am glad

Because of God my Savior.

He cares for me,

His humble servant.