Godly Play will not meet on Christmas Eve Sunday. Therefore, even though Advent officially begins THIS Sunday, 12/3, we started this four part series on 11/26 in order to receive the whole story before Christmas.
The season of Advent is a time set aside in the church calendar for members to prepare themselves to engage the mystery of the Incarnation. Advent helps teach us what it means to long and wait for the arrival of Jesus. Rather than rushing through the holiday season, Christians slow down to remember and receive the promise of full redemption and rejoice in the hope of Christ. This helps us learn to look for his second coming. The Godly Play lessons during these four weeks of waiting and watching will reflect on the parties important to the birth of Christ.
Advent II: Mary and Joseph
Memory Verse: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Luke 2: 4-6
Summary: We are continuing to prepare for the Mystery of Christmas through Advent stories. Last week, the lesson focused on the prophets. This week’s lesson draws attention to Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem. The goal of taking time to concentrate on each type of person present at the birth of Christ is so that the kids can come as close as they can to the beauty of the Incarnation. We want them to consider every angle possible… and marvel at it!
Follow Up Questions: I wonder if you have ever been full of something wonderful? I wonder what Mary and Joseph were thinking about as they traveled to Bethlehem? I wonder what you think they talked about? I wonder what Mary and Joseph felt after walking and riding for so many miles? I wonder if you’ve ever had to wait a long time for something? I wonder what it means to be waiting for Jesus now…didn’t he already come?
Additional Follow Up: At our Advent Sensory Station this week, we talk about touch. Think of what our feet might touch on the way to something. What were the things Mary and Joseph felt? Maybe they felt dust on their feet? A chilly night air? A hot sun by day?
This might be a good time to read passages with your child from the Gospels about Jesus’s parents (the Annunciation, Mary visiting Elizabeth, Joseph stopped from divorcing Mary, etc). You could talk about the journey they took… they were on their way to Bethlehem to have the Way. That is a wonderful mystery.