Nativity Toddler Lesson 3

The Promise of Peace!

Concepts Children Learn:
God gives me the promise of peace.
God's promise of peace is for everyone.
I can sleep in peace because God is watching over me.

Prep: Mark your Bible with the Memory Verses: Psalm 4:8, Luke 2:10-11, 14. Set up your room as explained for the Pretend Play Activities on the Activities Page. Make up the sample craft angels if you would like to use them instead of the angel picture. See directions on Craft Page. Print story pages: 1 bw, 1color, 2bw, 2 color, or 3nativity bw, 3nativity color, OR sticker set: 4 bw or4 color with 4stable bw, 4 stable color, 5 bw, , 6bw, 6color, 7 bw, , 8bw, 9bw, 9color, 10bw, 11bw, 11 color. Make copies of any b&w story pictures that you want to use as coloring pages.

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). Read words in bold. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Memory Verse: Psalm 4:8. Other scriptures used in lesson: Luke 2: 10-11, 14. Scripture used as reference for lesson: Luke 2:6-20.

(1) Last week we heard the story of how baby Jesus was born in a stable, where the animals stayed. (2) Mary wrapped him up snugly in some cloths to keep him comfy and warm. There was no crib to put him in. (Shake head no). (2, 3 or 4) Do you remember where Mary laid baby Jesus? (Give children a chance to answer). Right! I'm so glad you are learning! Mary laid baby Jesus in the manger. A manger is the box where the animals' food was put. A little baby would fit nicely in there. And maybe they put straw in the box to make a soft place for baby Jesus to sleep. Who wants to help me make it soft and fluffy? (Let children help you fluff up the paper shred). There. That would be o.k. to sleep on. Then Mary laid baby Jesus in the manger. And, God watched over baby Jesus as he slept in the manger.

(5) At the same time that baby Jesus was born something else happened: In a field close by, some shepherds were watching over their lambs, just like they always did. But, today something special happened. (6) The shepherds looked up in the sky, and they saw a bright light! Do you know what they saw? It was an angel! The shepherds were afraid. Let's look in our Bibles and see what the angel told the shepherds: (Read Luke 2:10-11). Wait! I hear something. (Cup your ear). I hear beautiful songs of praise to God! What could that be? (7) More angels! They were praising God for the joy and peace that Jesus would bring to the people. Here's what they said: (Read Luke 2:14). Then soon it was very quiet again. Sh-h-h-h! (whisper). I don't hear anything anymore. Where did all the angels go? (Hold hands out to sides). They went back up to heaven. (Point up). (Resume a normal voice). Now what would the shepherds do? They were so excited about what the angels told them! They had to go see Jesus for themselves. (8) So, they said to each other, "Let's hurry and go to Bethlehem." Hurry up, shepherds, hurry up! Run and see baby Jesus! So the shepherds ran off to go see baby Jesus. Let's make the sound of the shepherds running. (Pat your lap real fast).

(9) When they got there, they found Mary and Joseph; And, there was little baby Jesus! He was lying in a manger, just like the angel told them. And he was wearing cloths wrapped around him! Everything happened exactly the way the angels said! What a happy time! The shepherds were so excited they couldn't keep it all to themselves. They told all the people about baby Jesus! - the Savior who had been born on that very special day! And, they told the people what the angels said too! All the people were so surprised! And, they believed the shepherds. Then the shepherds went back to their fields to watch over their lambs. And, they sang praises to God all the way! (10) We can sing a song of praise to God too. (Sing a praise song about Jesus' birth).

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

Did you like that story? It is one of my very favorite stories in the whole Bible! The angel comes and tells the shepherds that baby Jesus was born! Let's read what the angels said again (Read Luke 2:14 again). That means that God was telling us that he was bringing peace to the earth. When he sent Jesus from heaven he was giving us the promise of peace! God was telling us that he is our friend. And, that he wants to forgive us. And, who was that promise for? (Read Luke 2:10 again). That means the promise of peace was for everybody! Jesus was born for everybody! He was born for ______. (Repeat the sentence for every child and adult in the room, inserting their name in the blank).

When we trust in the Lord, he promises to give us peace. We will know that God is by our side, and we know that no matter what happens, he will be with us and help us. (11) When we get lay down to go to sleep at night, we can sleep in peace. This is a good verse for us to remember: (Read Psalm 4:8) Just like God watched over baby Jesus sleeping in the manger, God is watching over you too. That is because he loves you so much. We can sleep in peace because we know God is our friend, and that he gives us the promise of peace.

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
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