A star Is Born Bible Story: a star Is Born (Shepherds and angels) • Luke 2: 8-20 Bottom Line



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252 Groups December 2013, Week 4

Small Group, K-1



A Star Is Born
Bible Story: A Star Is Born (Shepherds and angels) • Luke 2:8-20

Bottom Line: I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone.

Memory Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4, NIV

Life App: Joy—finding a way to be happy, even when things don’t go your way.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

GET READY

Prepare ahead of time for kindergarten–1st grade Small Groups this week:


Plug In: Focus the Energy (Choose one or both of these activities.)

Early Arriver

  • An offering container


Christmas Chant

  • A Christmas prop for each Small Group, like a jingle bell, stocking hat, antlers, light-up necklace, mini Christmas tree, garland, stocking, gift box, etc.



Catch On: Make the Connection (Choose as many of these activities as you like.)
* If you don’t have time to do all these activities, be sure to do activity #3. Activity #2 is particularly good for children who need to move in order to stay engaged.
Tell the Story (application activity)

  • Small paper bag
  • Occupations flashcards from the website www.Kids-Pages.com/flashcards.htm (Scroll to find the “Occupations 1,2,3,4” cards and print them out in the 3x3 format on cardstock. Cut them apart and put them in the bag.)



Part of the Story (application activity / review the Bible story / great for active learners)

  • Make one set of “Story Gift Tags” (Activity Page) on cardstock; if you have more than 10 kids, make more copies of the tag with the Bottom Line on it

  • Tape

  • Sticky-backed gift bows

  • Before Small Group, write kids’ names on the “For” portion of the gift tags

  • (Optional) A camera or video camera. Pictures of each child from this activity would make nice Christmas gifts for families, or a video could be shown in an adult Christmas service. Be sure to get photo/video release forms from families if you choose this option.


Share the Joy (memory verse activity)

  • Print “Joyful Gifts” (Activity Page) on cardstock for each child

  • Markers

  • Glitter glue

Prayer

  • The bag of occupations flashcards from Activity #1


Additional Resources:

  • Make copies on cardstock of this week’s GodTime and Parent CUE cards.

  • Tell parents about our additional family resources: Studio252.tv, CUE Box, and the Parent CUE App. To find out more about these great resources, go to http://www.Studio252.tv/leaders.


FOR LEADERS ONLY

GOD VIEW: the connection between JOY and

God’s character, as shown through God’s big story

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) Choosing joy is not always easy.

(2) The Bible challenges us to respond to life’s challenges with joy.

(3) Showing joy in all circumstances proves that God is at work within us.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, God announces to the world that the Promised One has arrived (Luke 2:8-20). But He doesn’t tell the government officials or the religious leaders. God sends His angels to shepherds out keeping watch over their sheep. And the angel proclaims, “I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11 NIrV)


Our Bottom Line is: I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. When we believe that Jesus is the Promised One sent from God to rescue us from our sins, we become part of God’s story. That story isn’t something we can keep to ourselves. It’s a story we need to share with everyone.
The monthly memory verse is: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV The angels were the first to tell good news that brings great joy. But we can follow their example and spread joy to others when we tell them about Jesus. We can also be an example to the world when we rejoice through any circumstances.

A Star Is Born
Bible Story: A Star Is Born (Shepherds and angels) • Luke 2:8-20

Bottom Line: I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone.

Memory Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4, NIV

Life App: Joy—finding a way to be happy, even when things don’t go your way.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Plug In: Focus the Energy (Small Groups, 10-15 minutes)

Focus the energy on today’s Bible story in a Small Group setting with an engaging discussion question and an interactive opening activity.

Before kids arrive, pray for each regular attendee by name. Pray for those who might visit your group for the first time. Thank God for choosing to tell His good news to shepherds first. Pray that the kids will feel the joy those shepherds felt. Ask God to give them opportunities to tell other people about Jesus.


1. Early Arriver Idea


What You Need: An offering container
What You Do:

Encourage kids to place their offerings in the container. Lead a discussion on Christmas traditions. What kind of food do kids’ families have on Christmas? Do they see relatives on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve or both? Are there any special places they go to celebrate Christmas? Do they have any fun Christmas traditions they do every year? Share any traditions your family celebrates, and if you know of any special international Christmas customs.


What You Say:

“It looks like we all have special ways to celebrate Christmas, and that’s great. We can share those with family and friends because the Christmas story is for everyone!”



2. Christmas Chant

What You Need: A Christmas prop
What You Do:

Using your prop for inspiration, guide the group to come up with a short, simple chant. It has to be 30 seconds or less, and the theme is, “I’m so excited about Christmas!” Let all the kids have input and be sure to include ideas from the group in the final arrangement. Practice your chant several times with enthusiasm!


What You Say:

“You are super excited for Christmas! [Transition] Let’s go share our spirit with everyone else!”


Lead your group to the Large Group area.

Catch On: Make the Connection (Small Groups, 25-30 minutes)

Make the connection of how today’s Bible story applies to real life experiences through interactive activities and discussion questions.

1. Tell the Story (application activity)

What You Need: Occupations flash cards in a small paper bag
What You Do:

Gather kids in a circle around the paper bag. One by one, have kids draw out an occupation flash card and think about how to tell that person about how God sent Jesus, and then share with the group. Help kids think of what kind of actions these professions require, and how God sending Jesus could be related to those actions. You may have to prompt the initial ideas. (For a doctor, God sent Jesus to make people all better in their hearts. For a teacher, God sent Jesus to erase people’s sins, just like on a chalkboard. For a hairstylist, God sent Jesus to make everyone beautiful on the inside instead of being yucky with bad thoughts. For a taxi driver, God sent Jesus to people who are lost and don’t know the directions, etc.)


What You Say:

“Great job! That was a tricky game, trying to help share the story with different people. [Apply] But whenever we get to know different kinds of people, we can be thinking of how to share God’s story with them. Even though it’s a little hard to think of sometimes, and you might feel a little shy, we know that you and [Impress] I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. God’s story is for teachers and parents and doctors and lunch ladies and even for kids! [Personalize] Here at [church name] we really believe that God’s story is for kids too!” (Share a little of why you serve as a Small Group Leader, and when you realized it was so important to share God’s story with kids.)



2. Part of the Story (application activity / review the Bible story / great for active learners)

What You Need: “Story Gift Tags,” tape, Christmas bows, camera (optional)

What You Do:

Before Small Group begins, write the names of each student under the “For” on the gift tags. Place tags across the room and have kids race to find the tag with their name on it. Help them tape the tags to their chests and cover the tape with a bow. Then, time them to see how long it takes to get the story back in order by lining up shoulder to shoulder. Any kids with tags that have the Bottom Line written on them should stand at either end of the line.


What You Say:

“Great job putting the story back together! In this game, you all got to be part of sharing the story together. You each had a piece of the story, reminding us that [Impress] I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. [Apply] You will be seeing lots of people over the next week. My challenge to you is to tell everyone about Jesus, no matter who they are!”



* 3. Share the Joy (memory verse activity)

What You Need: “Joyful Gifts” (Activity Pages), markers, glitter glue
What You Do:

Read the verse aloud together from the Activity Page. Encourage kids to color the verse in bright markers and to decorate the bow with glitter glue.

What You Say:

“Our verse this month has been all about joy, and we’ve been learning lots of reasons we can have joy. This week we’re learning that you and [Impress] I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. [Apply] Think of someone in your life who could use some extra joy right now—a parent who is working hard to make this a nice holiday for everyone, a visiting relative who’s not used to being away from home, someone who is sick or lonely at this time of year—and put their name in the “For” box. (Pause while kids do this.) Give this little gift to someone who needs some joy and show them that they, too [Impress] can have joy because God’s story is for everyone.”


Pray and Dismiss

What You Need: The bag of Occupation flashcards from Activity #1
What You Do:

Pass around the bag of flashcards and let each child draw one. Talk about how that flashcard picture can remind us of lots of other people who need to hear God’s story too (e.g., the doctor’s picture reminds us of doctors and nurses, hospital workers, sick people, worried parents, etc.) Guide children to choose one person/situation to pray for, using this sentence: “God, thank You that Your story is for _______. Please help them find joy this Christmas.”


What You Say:

[Apply] “When we pray for others to find joy this Christmas, we’re really asking that they discover the true story of Christmas, because they can all have joy just like you and [Impress] I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. Now I’m going to pray for each of you to have joy in sharing God’s story. (Pray for each child by name.) “God, thank You that Your story is for _______. Please help him/her to joyfully share Your story this Christmas.”

Give each child a GodTime card. Pass out Parent CUE cards as adults arrive for pick-up.




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