Godly Play will not meet on Christmas Eve Sunday. We started this four part series on 11/26 in order to receive the whole story before Christmas. Therefore, even though this is only the second week of Advent, we are on Advent lesson III.
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 III: The Shepherds
Memory Verse: And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10-11
Summary: We are continuing to prepare for the mystery of Christmas through Advent stories. This week’s lesson draws attention to the shepherds. The goal of taking time to concentrate on each party engaged in Christ’s birth 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!
Follow Up Questions: I wonder if you have ever been heard something wonderful? I wonder what the shepherds felt when they saw the angels? I wonder what made the shepherds want to tell people all they’d heard concerning Jesus? 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: This week we talk about the tastes of Advent at our sensory station. What are some special foods your family eats during this season? Are they sweet or savory? Are there any you had as a child that you can tell your children about? I wonder why we have special treats during Advent and Christmas? I wonder what it is like to wait for them all year? I wonder where we see special meals at church? I wonder what Jesus meant when he said “I am the Bread of Life”? How does taste help us remember Jesus?
You can also review together those passages from Luke that depict the shepherds. It might help answer wondering questions if you wanted to look up pictures of shepherds in those days and ask questions like: What did they do? Look like? Dress like? I wonder what they ate? I wonder why God wanted them to bear witness to the birth of Christ?