Faith Quest


Wise Men


November 16 – December 14, 2003


Good News


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:

  1. Learn what the Wise Men did for a living and how their search for truth led them to the Christ child.
  2. Discover that the Wise Men took months to find Baby Jesus.
  3. Learn that the Wise Men were not Jews but Gentiles – this demonstrates that Jesus came into the world for all people.
  4. Discover that we all have gifts to share.


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.  


Scripture/Bible Story:

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. 


Use the “jewels” as you read and/or tell the story of the Fourth Wise Man.  Use any other props you think would add to the story.  If you have a nativity scene you could borrow the wise man for the story.  You could wear a robe while you read and could offer the cool drink of water to a Shepherd for helping the children in Faith Quest.  You could stand when you help hide the new baby from the soldiers and show the “jewel”.


For all children: Activity

Follow-up Questions:

Younger Children

  1. Name the three jewels Artaban bought to take to Jesus?
  2. How did he use these three jewels as he searched for Jesus?
  3. What event took place to cause Artaban to miss his three friends?
  4. If you were in Artaban’s place – what would you have done differently as you searched for Jesus?


Older Children:

  1. How did Artaban use his three jewels as he traveled the Middle East searching for Jesus?
  2. What blessing did he receive from protecting the young woman and her child?
  3. What did the Rabbi tell Artaban about the scriptures?  How did this news help him in his search for Jesus?
  4. What was his last gift that he saved for the day he would see Jesus?  What did he end up doing with that pearl?
  5. Did Artaban ever get to meet Jesus?


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.



Reflection Time:

Distribute the journal page for the students to work on – there will probably not be time for them to complete the Journal page. 


By 10:45 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.




Lori Houck, Kirk Faith Quest Bible Study Leader

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