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...the Father Almighty, page 7Explain that when we call God the Almighty, we are saying there are no limits on God. God always uses his power for good.Tell children that God is also:• Eternal—God has no beginning and no end. God is not created.God always was and always will be.• Omnipresent—God is present everywhere all the time. God isequally in the past, present, and future.Have children draw their own pictures of God, the Almighty.  ey may focus on one or more qualities of God. When they  nish, gather the children to share their images. Invite each to explain his or her picture, and tell how God would use this quality for good.Creator of heaven and earth, page 8Take children on a nature walk. Before you go outdoors, ask them to be looking and listening for things God created, or made. Because they will need to keep their eyes and ears open, they will not be talking during the walk. Ask them to remember what they see and hear because they will help you make a list when you return to the classroom or meeting area.Lead the children on a short walk. Include an area of the church grounds that is familiar to them and, if possible, some place where they normally don’t go. Check out your route ahead of time, looking for special things like a bird’s nest or an unusual tree or  ower.Keep the walk short so children can retain the details. When you return to your classroom or meeting area, help them list what they saw and heard. If they are forgetting or overlooking obvious things, such as a blue sky or clouds, ask leading questions like, Did anyone look up? You may also ask about some things they could feel: wind, a breeze, warm air. Or, things they could smell: freshly cut grass or  owers. You will also have to help them sort out things that were not created by God. e concepts of angels and Heaven are fascinating to children.  ey live very much in a concrete world, so it is di cult for them to imagine creatures that are entirely spiritual. Explain that angels are like us in some ways and unlike us in other ways. Unlike us, they have no bodies. Like us, they were created by God.  ey can love and serve God, they can communicate, and they can make choices. Because they don’t have bodies to weigh them down, they can move instantly from one place to another.  at’s probably why artists often picture angels with wings.Read aloud these Bible stories that show how the archangels served God.• Michael,God’swarrior—Revelation12:7-9• Raphael,God’shealer—Tobit12:11-18• Gabriel,God’smessenger—Luke1:26-38Direct the children to the Prayer to My Guardian Angel on page 50. Have them copy the prayer onto a piece of card stock. Let them decorate the card, too. When they  nish, say the prayer together. Encourage them to take their prayer card home and put it where it will remind them to pray daily to their guardian angel....and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, page 9 Help children  nd examples in the Gospels of how Jesus taught. You might begin by asking children to share their favorite story or time in the life of Jesus. What does that story or incident teach us?Talk about the names of Jesus.• Jesus means “God saves.” An angel told Joseph to give this nameto Mary’s child. (Matthew 1:20-21).• Christ is not Jesus’ last name. It is a title that means “AnointedOne.” We are anointed in Baptism, so we are “Christs” orChristians.• Lord is a title that means we believe Jesus is God. • Emmanuel means “God with us.”• Messiah means the “one sent by God to save us.” e children will enjoy the names given in Isaiah 9:6—Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Let them make up their own namesfor Jesus.Challenge children to list as many other names or titles for Jesus as they can. Possibilities include Good Shepherd, Savior, Redeemer, Bread of Life, Light of the World, and Word of God....who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, page 9Have a sturdy nativity set available. Let children assemble the scene to help them review the events and the theological truths surround- ing the birth of Jesus.Tell children that Christmas is the celebration of God coming into the world. Christmas celebrates the mystery of the Incarnation—the reality that the Word became  esh. God’s Son, the Second Personof the Trinity, took on human nature. Christmas is a happy time for us not only because Jesus came into our world, but also because he became human to save the world and its people....born of the Virgin Mary, page 9Read the story of the Annunciation in Luke 1:26-38. Help children discover that the greeting of the angel is the beginning of the Hail Mary prayer.Direct them to Luke 1:42 to  nd out where we get the next part of the prayer. Who  rst said those words to Mary? (her cousin Elizabeth)Be sure children know that Hail is a greeting, much like “Hello.” Fruit of your womb means “your child.”The Holy Family, page 10  eGospelsdon’ttellusmuchaboutJesus’lifewhenhewasgrow- ingup—whenhewastheageofthechildreninyourclass.Butwhat theGospelsdotellusisimportant.Jesus lived in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph. Jesus had to learn many things, and his parents taught him. Jesus was known as the carpenter’s son. Joseph probably taught Jesus how to work with wood and stone and tools. Mary and Joseph were holy people who loved God, and so they taught Jesus to pray and obey God’s law.  ey observed the holy days and religious customs of their people.  ey were very much like other families in Nazareth, and they were7

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