Christmas: It’s a W. R. A. P. Lesson 4 Elementary: Grades 3 – 6



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Christmas: It’s a W.R.A.P.

Lesson 4

Elementary: Grades 3 – 6

Jesus Grows Up”


The Point of the Lesson:
Each student will hear the story about Jesus teaching in the temple when He was 12 years old. They will learn also learn that Jesus obeyed His parents. They will learn the importance of practicing right habits like reading their Bible and obeying their parents so they will grow spiritually..

The Power of God’s Word:

Jesus became wise, and grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people. Luke 2:52 CEV

The Prayer of Each Child:
Dear God, Thank you for the story about Jesus growing up and obeying His parents. Please help me to do my best to obey my parents and practice the right habits for spiritual growth. This week, help me to read the Bible at least five minutes every day and help me to obey my parents. Amen.

The Lesson in a Word:

Practice

Prepare: (Before service)



Object Lesson: A football
Game Materials: Seven 8½ x 11 pieces of paper and a marker
Student Handouts: Ready for in the classroom

  • Family Enteraction Guide for the week

  • Student Handout for the week

  • Activity Sheets (2) for the week

Pencils (enough for all the students in the classes)


Classroom before Big Room

During Check-In Time:



  • Welcome Children

  • Children can review last week with the teacher.

  • W
    Big Room
    ork on Activity Sheets for the week – NOT the student handout.

Welcome from Emcee:

Hey everyone, welcome to CBC. We are so glad you are here with us today. We are going to have a great time together worshipping God and getting to know Him better. Today is the FOURTH and final day of our series and we have a great lesson talking about Jesus growing up.

Kid Connect Question: (Power Point slide provided on CD)

Would you rather practice for a sport or for a spelling test?


Worship & Praise:

Christmas Songs


Announcements:

It’s A Wrap

Birthday

Visitors


Prayer

Send Kindergarten Back to classroom

Review Word from Last Week

Review Verse from Last Week

Get sheets if anyone brought them back.

Object Lesson:


Show a football.
Hold up the football for everyone to see. You may even want to toss it up in the air and catch it. At some point you can toss the ball to a student (pick the student in advance so they know it’s coming and make sure they can catch it and throw it back to you). Once the student catches the ball, they will throw it back. Make sure you drop it, then say, “Wow, that was a good throw, but not a very good catch. I guess I need more practice catching the ball. You know, when you practice something you usually get better at it. Sometimes you get so good at something it almost becomes second nature to you. You don’t really have to think about it; it just happens naturally. You know, today our key word is PRACTICE. We aren’t going to talk about practicing football but practicing right habits so we can grow spiritually. Pretty cool, don’t you think?”

Play: (5 minutes)

Here is a quick game to play with your students to get them moving and help launch the lesson.

Game: Practice It, Guess It!
Before the game begins, make sure you write the five “scenes” below. Write one scene per piece of paper. (You can add more or write your own scenarios.)

1. Getting up in the morning and reading God’s Word.

2. Memorizing your verse from today’s lesson.

3. Doing your chores. Unloading the dishwasher.

4. Doing your chores. Cleaning your room.

5. Getting up in the morning and getting ready and going to church.

Select five players to come up to the front. Each student is handed one piece of paper with the scene they are to act out. (They may only act; they may not use sounds or words.) Give the student a few seconds to figure out how they are going to act out the scene. Once the student is ready, they hand the paper back to the emcee and start acting out their scene. They have one minute. At the end of the minute, the emcee will call “time” and the student is to stop acting. The emcee will turn to the audience and ask them if they know what the student up front was trying to act out
Pick one student at a time from the audience and see if they get the answer correct. If not, move on to the next student with their hand raised. If no one can guess the correct “scene” after three guesses, then tell the audience what the scene was.
Transition for Emcee:
“How about a round of applause for our ‘Willing’ participants? As you can tell from our game, we were trying to act out some habits that will help us grow spiritually. That’s the point of our lesson today: to ‘Practice’ habits that will help us grow spiritually. Our key word for today is PRACTICE. Our goal is to practice the right things so they eventually become a habit.”


Video Lesson


This time includes the 10-15 minute teaching video, practice point and memory verse. On the DVD menu screen, choose Lesson 4 and then select “Lesson” on the sub menu.


Lesson in a Word:

Practice

What Should I See?

When Jesus was 12 years old, He and his family were in Jerusalem for the Passover festival. After the festival had ended, Jesus’ family, along with many other families, started the journey back home to Nazareth. But guess what? Jesus stayed in Jerusalem! When Mary and Joseph realized Jesus was missing, they went back to Jerusalem to find Him. After three days, they found Jesus in the Temple discussing different questions with other church leaders and adults. The adults at the Temple were pretty amazed at His understanding and answers. Mary and Joseph asked Jesus why He had stayed in Jerusalem. The Bible says Jesus was obedient to his parents and continued to grow physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. (Story found in Luke 2:40-52 NLT)

Memory Verse:

Jesus became wise, and grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people. Luke 2:52 CEV
What’s the Key?

Raise your hand if you think obeying your parents is easy. I think for some people it can be easier, but for the most part obedience doesn’t come easily or naturally. You have to grow into it. Obeying your parents, your teachers and God can be hard. We need to practice certain habits that will make it easier to obey each day. The Bible says that Jesus grew in all areas; He had to practice the right things. We do too. They key for today: Practice right habits to grow spiritually.


What’s That to Me?

We can’t see God, but we need to obey Him. We can’t obey God if we don’t know what He is saying to us. We don’t know what He is saying to us if we don’t read the Bible. So, what would be a good habit to start practicing? Hmmmm. How about reading the Bible each day? By making right choices like reading His Word, we can put into action what we have heard. I think I have heard that somewhere before!


(Practice Point) It’s a Christmas W.R.A.P.

The words to the W.R.A.P. appear on the screen during the teaching segment. The words are included at the end of this Leader’s Guide. The W.R.A.P. is the same for each of the four lessons.


How Should I Be?

Let’s grow spiritually this week. Let’s read the Bible every day for five minutes and practice putting our faith into action by listening and obeying our parents.




Review in Big Room

This segment consists of four elements all designed to reinforce the lesson.


Total Recall: Game with Questions on PowerPoint
Live It: Video of a student testimony relating to the lesson learned today

Memory Madness: Game designed to help children recall the verse for the day

G3: Stands for Get It, Got It, Good. A video asking questions to people “on the street” about the lesson taught. Children vote to see if they think the people get the answer right or wrong.


Review Practice Point, Memory Verse, Lesson in a Word – ProPresentor Slides




Live It Video

This segment consists of four elements all designed to reinforce the lesson.


Total Recall: Game with Questions on PowerPoint
Live It: Video of a student testimony relating to the lesson learned today
Memory Madness: Game designed to help children recall the verse for the day
G3: Stands for Get It, Got It, Good. A video asking questions to people “on the street” about the lesson taught. Children vote to see if they think the people get the answer right or wrong.


“Live It” Testimony on Video (5 minutes)


This segment will show Alyssa talking about how she lives out this lesson on “Practice” to do whatever God asks. On the DVD Menu Screen, choose Lesson 4 and then select Live It on the sub-menu screen.

Question:

What are three things you Practice regularly to help you grow spiritually?


Wrap Up

This segment consists of four elements all designed to reinforce the lesson.


Total Recall: Game with Questions on PowerPoint
Live It: Video of a student testimony relating to the lesson learned today
Memory Madness: Game designed to help children recall the verse for the day
G3: Stands for Get It, Got It, Good. A video asking questions to people “on the street” about the lesson taught. Children vote to see if they think the people get the answer right or wrong.W

Christmas Song, Drawing, Trophy, Send back to class

Back in Small Group - Classrooms



  1. Total Recall (10 minutes)

** Feel free to make this a game or a “quiz” and see who remembers.

Question 1: What is the word for today? (Practice)


Question 2: How old was Jesus when He and His family were in Jerusalem? (12)
Question 3: Why were Jesus and His family in Jerusalem? (For the Passover)
Question 4: How many days did it take before they found Jesus? (3)
Question 5: Where did Mary and Joseph find Jesus? (The Temple)
Question 6: “P is for Practice habits to grow…” (So we can live Godly in this world we know)
Question 7: What do the “W,” “R,” “A” and “P” stand for? (Willing, Remember, Act, Practice)
Question 8: Where is our memory verse found? (Luke 2:52)

2. Memory Madness Challenge

Practice the Memory Verse from this week.
Jesus became wise, and grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people. Luke 2:52 CEV
Other verses from the month.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.

Proverbs 3:27 NIV


I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. John 10:10b CEV
I am willing to accept whatever He (God) wants. Luke 1:38b NLT
3. Student Worksheet

If time, work on the student worksheet that is going home.

Make sure that the student worksheet and the Family Enteraction Guide is going home.


It’s A WRAP - RAP

Words By Craig Jutila


Remember what Christmas is all about.

It’s not about gettin’ but givin’ out.
We wake up excited ‘bout gifts we receive.

But forget about the poor even though we believe.

 

The purpose for today and this WRAP for you,



Is to practice what we preach, that much is true.

 

W – R – A and P



It’s caring ‘bout others, don’t you see?
So now it’s time to listen, practice, and act.

It’s a WRAP just for you and that’s the fact.


Are you Willing to do what God asks today?

Are you going to listen and then obey?

 

He might be asking you to serve someone



And He won’t let you rest until the job’s done.

 

So raise up your hand and say “Here pick me.”



You should serve others, even if it’s for free.

“R” is Remember, so remember today.

Jesus came to earth so we could have a way.

 

A way to heaven this Christmas time



Will you seek Him? Is it your time?

 

Ask Him to be your boss right now.



If you don’t understand, then ask someone how.

 

 



 

Now the letter “A” for Act you see.

You show your faith by actions, don’t you agree?

 

The shepherds acted on what they saw



They went to worship Jesus as He lay in the straw.

 

They took a long walk it was worth the time.



They did what was right they followed the sign.

 

Now Go and help your neighbor across the street.



When that’s all done the “A” is complete.

 

“P” is for Practice habits to grow.


So you can live Godly in this world we know.

 

By making right choices, like reading His Word.


We can put into action what we have heard.

 

Practice what you preach someone once said.



We better do this or our faith is dead.

So be Willing, Remember and Act today

And don’t forget to Practice living His way.

 

And now this WRAP has come to an end.



Put your faith in action and trust in Him.

 

W – R – A – P



Something to remember for you and me.








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