Meeting the Christ Child
Today is Christmas! The day we celebrate the mystery of God becoming a person. Today we are all at Bethlehem to meet the Christ child, the special Son of God.
Time required: 30 minutes
Gather these supplies: (keep them together for next week!)
long scarf or strip of fabric for a road
toy building or blocks to represent Bethlehem
toy person to represent a prophet, Mary & Joseph, and perhaps a donkey, shepherds and sheep, Magi, baby Jesus (Playmobil, Legos, dollhouse person, figures from your Nativity set)
piece of paper & simple drawing supplies
computer to watch the story on
matches or lighter
and finally, a set apart time and space for this worship activity.
Centering on God
Begin by having a brief conversation about coming to the end Advent and the beginning of Christmas - What was it like to wait? How do you feel when a long time of waiting is done? What do you want to do when a long time of waiting is over? and any other questions that are natural to you. You could sing a song with your child or get ready to listen to the story by singing "Be Still and Know that I am God."
Hear the Story
Watch the recorded story
Talk with your child about what curiosities arise from this story.
I wonder how all these people and animals feel about this newborn baby?
I wonder what it sounds and smells are around the Christ child?
I wonder how this little baby might light the whole world, a light that darkness cannot overcome?
I wonder how God feels to see all these people and animals in Bethlehem?
Ask your child if they want to retell the story using your supplies (road, figures, etc.) or they might want to draw or build the story another way. With the piece of paper, your child might want to make a card with baby Jesus or a Christ candle on it, like they saw in the story. Give your child 5-10 minutes to explore the story creatively.
Light the candle and say, "Jesus said, "I am the Light of the World." We light the Christ candle to remind us that Christ is with us as we hear the word of God. The story we heard today is in the Bible." Read from the Bible slowly and meaningfully.
Give thanks, ask God to help people in need, etc.
At the end of your prayer, say, "Now we are going to change the light on our Christ candle. Watch what happens when the light goes out. See the smoke spread around! Do you smell it? When the light changes to smoke, it reminds us that Jesus is with us, even when we can't see him."
Give your child a hug and bless them in Jesus' name.