Lesson Learned:  An angel visits Joseph to tell him that Mary, his future wife, will have God’s Son.

Materials Needed:  paper cup, napkin, lollipop, pipe cleaner, stickers

Bible Verse:
Matthew 1:18-21
 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Talking Points:  Mary and Joseph were both visited by angels, telling them that Jesus was going to be born.  They were going to have a very important job to do–raise Jesus as a baby until He could do the work that God wanted Him to do.  God gave you your parents so they could take care of you, too.  When this angel came, he told Joseph to marry Mary and to name her son, Jesus, because Jesus was going to save people from their sins.  Joseph obeyed God and he took care of Mary until Jesus was born on Christmas Day.

Questions: What did the angel tell Joseph?  How do you think Joseph felt when he saw the angel?  What were Mary and Joseph told to name their baby?

Adapted from http://crafts.kaboose.com/angel-place-cards.html

  1. Fold a napkin back and forth as you do when you are making a fan.
  2. Take a paper cup and turn it upside down. Decorate it with stickers color with markers.
  3. Place the fan like napkin on the top (bottom) of the paper cup and with the stick end of the lollipop push the stick through the layers of the napkin and through the cup.
  4. Make a halo out of the pipe cleaner and attach it around the angel’s head.     

Prayer:  Dear God, thank You so much for sending Your Son to teach us all about You.  We are so excited to celebrate Your birthday on Christmas Day in a few days.  Please help us to remember why we are celebrating.  We love You. Amen! 

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