Aim of Lesson: To teach Jesus’ birth and life offers a fresh newness. We are called to live with direction and meaning.
We can be transformed by the power of God, through faith in His precious Son.
Felt Story Teacher’s Script:
Setting of Bible Account: In the town of Bethlehem in Judaea. Possibly in B.C. 5
(We suggest using two flannel boards for telling this Biblical account. Start with the City Street board as you read verses 1 & 5)
1 It came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the entire world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, (Place felt figure #21 – Man facing left; felt object #154 - Donkey; and felt figure #103 – Woman facing left) into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem. Joseph was of the house and lineage of David and registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
(Remove City Street flannel board and replace with either solid blue or Water and Sky board. Place Hill Side overlay on felt board to give you a countryside scene. Add cave overlay to the left side of the flannel board.)
6 So it was, that while they were there, (Add felt figures in cave overlay: #21 – Man facing left; felt animal #154 - Donkey; felt object #233 – bench; and felt figure #103 – Woman facing left on bench) the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, (Place felt figure #103a – Baby in arms on felt #103) wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, (Remove felt figure #103a; and add felt object #238 - Manger and #111 – Baby) because there was no room for them in the inn.
That very night, an angel announces it to shepherds.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds (Place felt figure #89 – Men facing right) living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Place felt animals #126 – Sheep facing left and #127 – Sheep facing right)
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, (Place felt figure #9 – Angel facing left) and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly (Place felt figures #10 – 5 angels in the distance) there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, (Remove felt figures # 10 and #9) the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." (Remove felt figures #89)
16 And they came with haste (Place felt figure set #89A – 3 Shepherds knelling in close to cave overlay) and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, (Remove felt figure #89A and place felt figure #89 near sheep) glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
End of Teaching Script
Review this Week’s Memory Verse:
Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was? John 7:42 (NKJV)
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
After Lesson Activities:
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