We are on the 3rd week of Advent already and this week it is all about Joy! Jesus was only a little baby in a manger but He brought so much joy to the world in everything that He did. To help us to think about the birthday of Jesus we are going to be doing lots of joyful things this week!
We focus on the theme of Joy because we are starting to realise how close we are to Christmas day and Jesus’ coming and so we really are beginning to become excited. The priest will wear pink vestments on this Sunday so that we can see that the celebration is more joyful and encourages us to continue preparing for the coming of Jesus.
We will start by listening to a fun song which tells us the story of Jesus’ birth and in our Picture Resource we will put your narrating skills to the test by seeing how well you can explain what happened when Jesus was born.
Just as we give cards to people on their birthdays our Action will involve making a very special card for Jesus and our Video will help us to think about what people need to know about the world on their birthdays.
Finally, we will hear how Joseph found out that Mary was going to have a baby and we will think about how it would feel to be Mary and Joseph.
Fill your week with joy and remember all of the wonderful things about the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Don’t just keep the joy to yourself! Share what’s bringing you joy this week in the comments box below!
If you are reflecting on this topic then why not use some of the scripture references below?
Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!
If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!
Listen to this joyful song about the story of Jesus’ birth.
What was your favourite part of the song?
There are lots of calm and peaceful moments in the Christmas Story but there is always joy too!
Jesus brought great joy to the world because He brought hope, peace, and love and this gave everyone someone to trust in and to believe in.
God showed us great love by sending His Son to us which is something to be joyful about!
Think about something that brings you great joy, something that makes you really happy and thank God for it.
Thank you Jesus for all the happy and exciting things that we have in our lives.
Help us to remember the hope, peace, joy and love that you brought into the world.
Click here for the Picture Resource
Look carefully at all of these pictures below.
All of these pictures put together tell the story of the birth of Jesus but can you explain what is happening?
Go through each of the pictures and try to be the narrator for what is happening in the pictures.
Can you name all of the characters and explain what they are saying and carrying and where they are journeying to?
Are there any pictures that you would add that would help to tell others about the story of the birth of Jesus?
How would you show the joy in the story of the Nativity?
Help us Lord to remember what we are really celebrating at Christmas time and to share this great news with those around us.
Click here for the Action
When it is someone’s birthday we might give them a birthday card with a lovely message written inside.
Christmas Day is when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, all of the candles on our Advent Wreath will be lit, we give Christmas cards to each other and we might even be lucky enough to receive gifts!
Today you are going to make a special card for Jesus.
On the front you can draw your favourite part of the Nativity Story.
Inside you can write a prayer to Jesus or, you could make a promise of something that you are going to try really hard to do so that you can be more like Jesus.
You could pray that everyone gets what they need for Christmas this year or you might promise to help others, just like Jesus did.
Think really carefully about what you will write in your card to Jesus.
You could place these cards in the Nativity scene at school, at home or at church. Ask a member of staff to take a picture of them and send them to your Chaplain who can post them on the Be Inspirational site for everyone to see!
Click here for the Video Resource
Birthdays are all about remembering the day that someone was born and celebrating this along with all the great things that they have done in their life.
If you met someone on their birthday and you had to tell them what they need to know about life and the world, what advice would you give them?
Watch this video where the Kid President tells his new nephew what he thinks he needs to know.
This video can be stopped at 3:08.
What things do you think other people should know if it was their first day here?
Would you tell them about the hope, peace, joy and love at Christmas?
Share your ideas with your Class.
You might like to write this list down, draw pictures or even record a video of your own.
Help us Jesus to be great examples to those around us and to help them when there are things that they need to know.
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This week we are going to hear the story of how Joseph found out that Mary would give birth to the baby Jesus, as it is written in Matthew’s Gospel.
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
(Glory to you O Lord.)
This was how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a man who always did what was right, but he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately. While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins.”
Now all this happened in order to make come true what the Lord had said through the prophet, “A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel” (which means, “God is with us”).
So when Joseph woke up, he married Mary, as the angel of the Lord had told him to.
The Gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)
Matthew 1: 18-24 GNT
How do you think Mary felt when she heard the news that she was going to have a baby?
How do you think Joseph felt when he found out that Mary was going to have a baby.
Read through the Scripture again and talk about how Mary and Joseph would have been feeling at the different parts of the story.
As you go through do some actions and faces to show how they might have felt.
Help us Lord to feel excited and brave when new things come our way.