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Children will enjoy learning about the Bible passagein which Jesus blesses and comforts little children.  ey will be pleased to know that Jesus, far from considering children unimportant, will welcome them and others who are like them into his Kingdom. For many grown- ups, this is a di cult teaching. To enter the Kingdom of God, they must become as humble and simpleas children.Materials: Pencils, crayonsLesson Plan: To begin, gather in your prayer space. Have aBible in a prominent space, perhaps with a lighted candle close by. After the Sign of the Cross, ask a child to carry the Bible reverently to you, perhaps holding it high as children haveseen the Lectionary carried into church. From the Bible, read the account of Jesus welcoming little children. Select from the slightly di erent versions of the story the one that appeals most to you. See Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, and Luke 18:15-17. When you  nish reading, ask children to tell you what the story was about. What does it tell us about Jesus? Do you like Jesus for what he does and says inthis story?Distribute the handbooks and help children  nd page 22. Read the words at the top of the page. Can children  nd Jesus on this page?  en ask them to notice the little children who are with Jesus. en read the word under the illustration. Ask the children to color the word Come.Encourage children to think about this Gospel and look at this picture often. And when they do, they can say this prayer: “Jesus, I will always come to you.”The Bible Tells Us the Christmas Story—page 23 Objective: Children will be able to say what the Bible tells us about Jesus’ birth. e Christmas story is, of course, the Bible story with which children will be most familiar. Tell childrenthat Christmas is the celebration of God coming intothe world. Christmas celebrates the mystery of the Incarnation—the reality that the Word became  esh.  e Second Person of the Trinity, God’s Son, took on human nature. Christmas is a happy time for us because Jesus not only came into our world, but he also came to save the world and its people. His coming makes our salvation possible.Materials: CrayonsLesson Plan: With the children, make the Sign of the Cross. Ask a volunteer to carry the Bible to you.  e child can carry it high as the Lectionary is carried in church.  en announce thatyou will read from the Book of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 1-20. Ask children to raise their hands, without speaking out, as soon as they recognize the story. When you  nish the reading, call on some of the children who have raised their hands and ask them to say how they recognized the story.Ask children what they like best about Christmas. Most will say they like getting presents best. Ask if anyone knows why we give presents at Christmas. Explain that giving gifts at Christmas is a celebration of the incredible gift God gave to the world.  at is the gift of Jesus, who came to teach us how to love one another.Distribute the handbooks and help children to  nd theChristmas scene on page 23. Discuss the people and animals in the illustration. Point out Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the donkey that Mary rode to Bethlehem. Also point out the outline of a star above the Christmas scene. Invite children to complete and color the Christmas star.Ask children to imagine how they would have felt as visitorsto Bethlehem. Would they have felt tired after journeying to Bethlehem? Would they have been cold? Excited? Would they have been thrilled to be staying up so late? Conclude by singing a Christmas carol.Jesus Is the Good Shepherd—page 24Objective: Children will identify Jesus as the Good Shepherd and will be able to say that Jesus knows each of them by name. e cross is the most important symbol of Christianity, but it was not always so. First- and second-century Christians felt that the image of the Good Shepherd was more appropriate. For them, the cross was a symbol ofthe cruel executions carried out by the Romans who ruled them. It was not until Christianity became a tolerated religion in the fourth century and St. Helena undertook her search for the Cross of Jesus in Jerusalem that the cross became the revered symbol that it is today. Up until that time, Christians decorated the walls of the catacombs with images of the Good Shepherd. e Old Testament often refers to God as a shepherd, including in Psalm 23. In the New Testament, Jesus often describes himself as the shepherd of his followers: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me” (John 10:14).Materials: PencilsLesson Plan: Most preschool children probably know little about shepherds. You may want to begin a discussion of shepherds by talking about some working dogs that help the shepherd in his work. Ask children if they have heard of German shepherd dogs, collies, Old English sheep dogs, or Australian sheep dogs.  ese are called working dogs. What work do they do? How are they di erent from dogs who hang around the12

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