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Title: The Shepherds

Series: Christmas

Week: 1 of 3

Date: 02/12/2012

Bible Passage(s):
Matthew 2:1-20

Memory Verse:
Luke 2:13-14

Introduction Activity
Make nativity finger puppets using (http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pdfs/nativity_finger_puppets_to_color.pdf) these can then be used to re-enact the story for a bit of fun 

Talk/Story/Study
The baby Jesus was laid in a feeding box for animals because no proper guest room was available in the town of Bethlehem. When the angels announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, the fact that he was lying in a feeding box became a sign of the mysterious working of God in human history. Through the eyes of faith the incongruity of God’s Son in the humblest of surroundings became an occasion for praise and thanksgiving.

1. What experience have you had of a famous person in a common or humble setting?

2. What long-awaited announcement did the angels bring to the shepherds? (2:11)

3. What directions did the angels give the shepherds for finding the baby? (2:12)


4. How do the physical surroundings of the infant Jesus clash in our minds with the messengers and the message? (2:9, 13, 16)


5. How did the shepherds process what they heard? (2:15, 17)


6. In what sorts of places and circumstances do you expect to experience God?

7. When have you had an unexpected encounter with God?


8. How did the shepherds demonstrate an unusual responsiveness to God?


9. Why do you think God chose to announce the birth to humble people first?


10. In what “unlikely” arena of your experience will you look for evidence of God’s working this coming week?



Crafts

Visit http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pdfs/christmas_angel_coloring_craft.pdf You will need: White card with the design printed on, Gold/Silver Crayons, pens and glitter, Glue, double sided tape, ribbon. Instructions: Colour in the Christmas angel, then cut out carefully. Fold in half trapping a ribbon beneath the fold, and stick both sides together using glue stick or double sided tape. Hang on the tree.



Memory Verse Activity
Share the memory verse by writing it out on the white board. Remove words from within the verse and work through it again.

Reflection

Get hold of some red striped candy canes. Make copies of the poem below and read it through with the young people.

Look at the Candy Cane

What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me

White is for my Savior


Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for Jesus My Lord,
that's for sure!

Turn it around


And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!

Prayer
Think about the joy of the news that the Angels brought to the shepherds, and the strange and unlikely place that he was found. Encourage the young people to pray out loud about the joys of Christmas and that God might work through their lives in unexpected ways, so that we can come closer to Him and that others might see Him in us.

Notes:
You are welcome to add/remove/ supplement any of the activities listed, please make sure that you cover the story and the memory verse 

Extra Resources:





Written by Andy Guilder for Beverley Baptist Church © Andy Guilder & Beverley Baptist Church 2012.
All rights reserved. Online copies of the HD Curriculum can be found at http://12vie.ws/HD






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