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In the Beginning . . .

Growing into a Life of Faith


UNIT 1: LESSONS 15

Good News of Great Joy

Unit 1 Overview
UNIT SUMMARY

During the first unit of the Winter Quarter, children will discover Christmas is the time we celebrate the good news of Jesus birth. The Christmas story is retold every week, but with a slightly different focus each time.

LESSON 1:

LESSON 2:

LESSON 3:

The Angels Promise to Mary


(Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-7)
BIBLE VERSE:

Lets Celebrate Together


(Luke 2:1-20)
BIBLE VERSE:

The Shepherds Tell Everyone


(Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20)
BIBLE VERSE:

. . . God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world. 1 John 4:9
KEY CONCEPT:

I bring you good news of great joy . . . a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
KEY CONCEPT:

I bring you good news of great joy . . . a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
KEY CONCEPT:

Gods Son, Jesus, is born.


KNOW WHAT:

We can celebrate Baby Jesus.


KNOW WHAT:

Tell everyone, Jesus is born.


KNOW WHAT:

Children will hear the Christmas story, including the angels visit to Mary and the birth of Jesus.
SO WHAT:

Children will briefly review the Christmas story and participate in a music time to celebrate Jesus birth.
SO WHAT:

Children will hear the Christmas story, including the shepherds hearing the good news.
SO WHAT:

Children will learn that God sent His Son, Jesus, as a baby to show His love.
NOW WHAT:

Children will celebrate the good news of Jesus birth.


NOW WHAT:

Children will learn that God sent His Son, Jesus, as a baby to show His love.
NOW WHAT:

Children will participate in various activities that reinforce what the angels did in the Christmas story.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION:

Children will celebrate Jesus birth and community with one another. They will hear specific affirmations from their teacher.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION:

Children will participate in an activity to tell others about Jesus.


SPIRITUAL FORMATION:

Evangelism

Celebration

Celebration and Community


1 Winter Quarter 2007 Willow Creek Community Church / Unit 1 Overview / Lessons 15

UNIT 1:

Good News of Great Joy Notes:


LESSON 4: LESSON 5:

Thank You, God, for Baby Jesus


(Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20)
BIBLE VERSE:

The Wise Men Worshiped Jesus


(Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20)
BIBLE VERSE:

I bring you good news of great joy . . . a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
KEY CONCEPT:

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful song. Psalm 100:2
KEY CONCEPT:

Thank You, God, for Baby Jesus.


KNOW WHAT:

Thank You, God, for Baby Jesus.


KNOW WHAT:

Children will hear the Christmas story, including the angels visit to Mary, the birth of Jesus, and the shepherds hearing the good news.
SO WHAT:

Children will hear the Christmas story, including the wise men visiting Jesus, giving Him gifts, and showing love to Him.
SO WHAT:

Children will learn that God wants us to show love to Him.


NOW WHAT:

Children will learn that God sent His Son, Jesus, as a baby to show His love.
NOW WHAT:

Children will participate in an activity to show their love to God.


SPIRITUAL FORMATION:

Children will participate in activities to celebrate the good news of Jesus birth.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION:

Worship

Celebration and Thankfulness

Winter Quarter

2007 Willow Creek Community Church / Unit 1 Overview / Lessons 15

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Good News of Great Joy Notes:

Materials and Teaching Props


The focal point of Unit 1 lessons is a large Christmas tree with picture ornaments that help tell the Christmas story.

Teaching Area
Set up a large artificial Christmas tree, six to eight feet tall, or make a tree out of green fabric, poster board, or butcher paper. If you make your tree, cut out three large triangles and overlap them on the wall. Top the tree with a star. Hang the picture ornaments (see below) on the tree with ribbon or ornament hangers. Place them in the order in which the story will be told, starting at the top and moving down in rows from left to right. At the beginning of each lesson, the ornaments should be flipped backward so that kids cannot see the pictures. As the story is told, flip the appropriate picture over to illustrate that part of the story. When all the pictures have been flipped over, the tree should pictorially tell the Christmas story in order, similar to an advent calendar. Add any additional Christmas decorations you desire, such as cut-out snowflakes, swathes of metallic fabric, colored lights, etc. Avoid using any decorations with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, etc.

Making the Christmas Ornaments


Create the Christmas tree ornaments by printing the appropriate pictures and cutting them out in large ovals. Mount each picture on brightly colored construction paper and cut the construction paper in an oval as well, so that it frames the picture. Poke wire ornament hangers through the tops of the mounted pictures if you are hanging them on an artificial tree. To hang ornaments on a wall tree, punch a hole in the top of a mounted picture and thread a loop of string or ribbon through it. Tape or glue the top of the loop to the tree so that the picture can be flipped back and forth. Print the following pictures from the Visual Folder to use as ornaments: Mary, Joseph, Angel, Cow, Sheep, Donkey (Lesson 1 LG 2Lesson 1 LG 7), Shepherd, and Baby Jesus (Lesson 2 SG 14Lesson 2 SG 15). Make two angel ornaments.

Music and

Sound Effects

The suggested songs are available on the Jump for Joy, Reach Up High, and Touch the Sky CDs, and the lesson sound effects are included on the Winter Quarter Sound Effects CD. Make sure your helper is prepared to cue up and play the necessary sound and music for each lesson.

Winter Quarter

2007 Willow Creek Community Church / Unit 1 Overview / Lessons 15

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Helpful Hints
Be sure to give the kids an opportunity to get to know you by telling them about yourself or letting them ask you questions. The halos in Lesson 1 can be created by cutting lengths of gold or silver wire garland. Twist the ends together to form a circlet. When doing crafts with your kids, as in Lesson 2, do as much pre-preparation as possible. The kids should have only one or two things to do to complete the craft. Celebration is a major focus of this unit, and most of the lessons suggest providing instruments, jingle bells, or scarves for each child to use while singing and dancing with the music. All these items may be simple and inexpensive. Consider creating your own scarves using fabric remnants or jingle bells by looping pipe cleaners through bells from a craft store. You can also simply encourage kids to pretend that theyre shaking jingle bells or playing an instrument while they sing and dance. Goodies and snacks are a fun part of any Christmas celebration. However, please consider potential food allergies. Check with parents in advance, or send snacks home with the children so their parents can decide. If you have any extra time with the kids before class or at the end while waiting for their parents, pretend to do some of your favorite Christmas activities. For example, pretend to make cookies. (Stir the cookie dough, make the cookies, put them in the oven, and eat.) As parents come to pick up their child, remember to introduce yourself and share with the parent some of the positive things you saw in their child.

Winter Quarter

2007 Willow Creek Community Church / Unit 1 Overview / Lessons 15