This week is known to Christians as Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth” and commemorates when Christ was revealed to the Gentiles, who are represented by the Magi. Epiphany itself falls on January 6th, 12 days after Christmas and is known by some cultures as Three Kings Day (and also the culmination of the 12th Night or 12 Days of Christmas) All three of our classes will have an Epiphany lesson today.
Memory Verse: My eyes have seen your salvation…a Light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people, Israel! Luke 2:30a, 32
Summary: The children will review the lessons from Advent briefly then stop to focus on the Wise Men/ Magi. They will discuss (and smell!) the gifts they brought to King Jesus.
I Wonder…: I wonder how the Magi knew to follow the star? I wonder how they decided what gifts to bring? I wonder what they thought when they saw Jesus? I wonder if they expected a child? I wonder how they knew he was King?
Additional Follow-Up: This is a favorite lesson among Godly Play volunteers and children alike! It engages our senses and wonder as we think through what the bible tells us about these men who traveled to meet this child. They were not Jewish, yet they recognized Jesus as King. This might be a good time to talk about the pictures we get in scripture of God opening his family to include Gentiles. You could also do a simple google search of how people across the world commemorate this day. You can also go read the story of the Wise Men. Little children could act the story out. Older children can engage more conversational questions, but I bet all ages would like to draw pictures/ scenes of what they liked best (or least) about the story or smell myrrh again!