Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons

Christmas Lesson - Week 42 - A Very Special Baby!

 

Key Verse: John 10:3b. Other scriptures used as reference for lesson: Matthew 1:18; Matthew 2:6; Luke 1:26 - 35; Luke 2:1-7.

Concepts Children Learn: Jesus was the special baby that God promised us a long time ago. Jesus is special because he is God's Son, the baby sent from heaven. God promised that Jesus would be like a shepherd to us; And, he is our great shepherd!

Prep: Mark you bible with the verses used in lesson: John 10:3b, Psalm 100:3. Supplies Needed: Manilla- or tan-colored paper and crayons, in addition to the story pictures and made-up samples of crafts. Have stickers ready to place on pictures. The sticker pages will tell you what stickers to use on each story page. Place sheep on page 1 beforehand, then remove before next use of picture. Make up story pages that are crafts (Stable, Inn) and sample sheep photo frame craft to show children how it will look. See Craft Page for directions. Print the b&w or color story pages: Stickers page 1 bw, stickers page 1 color, stickers page 2 bw, stickers page 2 color, (White rectangle on sticker page is the flap for the MaryWith Angel story page. Glue or staple to top of rectange on story page). stickers page 3 bw, stickers page 3 color, 1bw or 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8color, 9bw, 9color, 10bw, 10color, 11bw, 11color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: A Very Special Baby! (Some Pretend Play activities are combined with lesson).

Can anybody tell me what a prophet is? (Let children answer).A prophet is somebody who God speaks to; and then they tell the people what God tells them. A long, long time ago, prophets wrote down the words that God told them in the Bible. (Hold up Bible). Let's listen to one of the things that God told a prophet a long time ago. (1 with sheep on it) (Read Matthew 2:6) That means that God promised us that a great ruler would be born in Bethlehem! And, he would lead the people like a shepherd! Wow! What a great promise from God! God would send a very special baby! He would be God's own Son! I wonder who this special baby could be? We'll hear the story in a few minutes, but first let's pretend to be prophets, who write down God's words. I will read the words, and you can unroll your scroll and pretend to write the words. Then you can put the sticker on the scroll too. (Give each child a sheet of the scroll paper, a crayon, and a shepherd/sheep sticker -- Sticker page 3 bw, sticker page 3 color. Read Matthew 2:6 again, very slowly while children pretend to write the words. Then help them roll up their scrolls, from both ends, rolling in towards the middle, or just roll up from one side.)

Let's listen to the story and find out who this special baby is. And, we will see how it all came true! You can all help me tell the story. We can take turns putting the stickers on the picture.

(2) One day a long time ago, an angel came to Mary. The angel was so bright because the glory of the Lord shone all around! Who wants to put the angel sticker on the picture? (Let child place angel sticker on picture). Mary was afraid when she saw the angel. But, the angel had a happy message for her. Let's open the flap and see what he said (Lift flap) "Don't be afraid! I have great things to tell you! You will have a baby! His name will be Jesus. He will be great! He is the Son of God!" Mary didn't know what to think. But she knew that this baby would be very special --- because he would be sent from God!

Soon the ruler of the land made a rule that all the people had to go to Bethlehem to be counted. Mary was engaged to Joseph. That means that they would soon be married. (3) So Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem together. It was a long, hard trip for them because Mary was about to have baby Jesus!

(4) When Mary and Joseph got to Bethlehem, they looked for a place to stay. They knocked on the door of the inn. (Make knocking sound on table). Who wants to open the door? (Let child open door flap). Mary and Joseph asked the man if he had any room left for them to stay there. The man at the inn told them there was no room for them at the inn! Now where would they go? (5) This the only place they could find to stay. It doesn't look very nice, does it? Let's see who is inside. (Let child open door). Oh! I guess this is a stable where they keep the animals. Well, its the only place Mary and Joseph could find to stay, so I guess it would have to do. (6) And that very same night, baby Jesus was born! Mary didn't have a crib to lay baby Jesus in, so she wrapped him up snug in some cloths. (7) Then, she laid him in the manger. A manger is a box where the animals are fed. There. Who wants to put the baby Jesus sticker in the manger? (Let child add baby Jesus sticker). Now he should be able to sleep in all that fluffy hay. Shh-hh. Let's be very quiet so the baby can sleep! (5 again) (Whisper). While he is sleeping, can anybody tell me why baby Jesus was such a special baby? (Let children answer). Yes. Jesus was God's Son! He was the baby sent from heaven! He was sent to save us! He was the one who would be like a shepherd and lead the people! Remember when God told the prophet that he would send a great ruler to lead the people like a shepherd? Baby Jesus was the promised one! And, now we see that God kept his promise! Jesus was the one God promised to send to us! He is the one who leads people like a shepherd! (1 again, without sheep) Who wants to put some sheep on the picture? (Let children add sheep stickers).

Isn't that a wonderful story? Thank you all for helping me with the story. You did great job! Let's have snack, and then we will talk about how Jesus is like a shepherd to us. And next week, we will hear some more of the story.

CIRCLE TALK TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

(1 again) We learned that baby Jesus was the one God sent to us to lead us like a shepherd. Let's all pretend to be sheep. (Show children how to place hands on head for ears, and say Baa-aa, Baa). You all make wonderful little sheep! But, we are not sheep! So, why do we need a shepherd? (Let children answer). Well, we aren't sheep, but we sure are a lot like sheep. (8) Little sheep get lost sometimes when they don't stay close to their shepherd. They don't know which way to go. And, we are like that, aren't we? (9) Sometimes we don't know what to do, or which way to go. Sometimes we don't know what's the right thing to do. So we need someone to lead us. We need someone who can be our shepherd.

(Take off sheep stickers, then show 1 again) A shepherd loves his little sheep so much! He knows each one by name. He leads them to green grass so they have the food they need. He knows when one is missing. When one gets lost, he leaves the other sheep and goes to look for the one lost sheep. (10) And when he finds the lost sheep, he brings it back home again so he can look after it!

Jesus is the one who is like a shepherd to us! Here's a verse that tells us about that: (Read Psalm 100:3). He loves us so much that he knows each of our names. And, he gives us everything we need. (11) And, if we ask him to, Jesus will lead us, just like a shepherd leads his sheep. And, if we get lost, he helps us find our way back to him. He is the best shepherd we could ever ask for! And, that's a great reason to celebrate Christmas, isn't it?

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
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