Introductory Activity – What Will Happen?
Materials: laptop or tablet, video of funny bloopers
Before the session, find a video that contains several funny bloopers in succession. In class, show the video to your children and pause the video right before the funny blooper occurs. Each time you pause the video, ask: “What do you think will happen?” Allow the children to answer, and then allow them to see what happens. Afterward, explain that it is impossible to know what will happen in the future. However, they will learn in today’s lesson about prophets who predicted (or prophesied) about Jesus hundreds of years before He was born! Have everyone say the Life Point together.
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Game – Weekly Verse Puzzle Challenge
Materials: construction paper, markers, scissors
Form two to four teams with your children, depending on how many children you have. Give each team a piece of construction paper and a marker. Instruct them to write the Weekly Verse on their paper and then cut their paper into puzzle pieces. Tell them to swap puzzles with another team, and the team to solve the puzzle the fastest is the winner! Have everyone say the Weekly Verse together.
Craft – Advent Chain
Materials: Construction paper, scissors, glue or staplers with staples, markers
Guide kids to cut paper strips. They can number the strips, starting with today’s date and continuing until 25 (Christmas Day). They may want to add drawings or words about Christmas on the strips, too. Lead kids to use the glue or staplers to make paper chains with the strips. Talk about advent and waiting for Christmas to come. Say: “Through the prophets, God promised Savior would be born.” (To use fewer paper strips, guide kids to make strips for every week instead of every day.)
Introductory Activity – Word Find
Materials: newspapers, magazines, ad flyers, scissors, glue and paper (optional)
Guide kids to search the printed materials and locate words (or pictures) related to Christmas. Tell them to cut out and sort the words. (As an option, provide paper and glue for kids to glue the words they find.) Talk about the different types of messages related to Christmas. Say that God gave a message to His prophets about the coming Savior.
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Game – Search and Spell
Materials: beanbags (one per team), letter tiles or letters printed on paper squares
Hide these letters around the room: a, a, a, a, a, b, b, c, e, e, h, h, h, I, i, i, i, i, M, m, o, o, o, p, p, p, r, r, r, S, s, s, t, v, y
Group kids into teams. Guide each team to sit in a circle. Tell teams to pass the beanbags around the circle. Say: “Stop.” The kids holding the beanbags can get up and search the room for letters. Each kid should take only one letter back to his team. Start passing the beanbags again when all the kids have returned to their teams. Continue until all letters are found. Challenge teams to create words about the story with the letters they found. Make a list of the words they create. Then tell teams to pool all the letters together and make additional story words. Talk about God’s plan to send a Savior.
Words that can be made: prophet, Isaiah, Micah, baby, Savior, promise
Craft – Names of the Savior
Materials: thin-line markers, wide craft sticks, washi tape, scissors
Review the Bible story. Talk about the names that Isaiah listed in Isaiah 9:6. Tell kids that Isaiah said a special baby would be born and we know that the baby is Jesus. Guide kids to list the names from Isaiah 9:6 on craft sticks. They can use the tape and the name sticks to create a reminder of the promise that God gave through Isaiah. They may want to lay the sticks side by side and stick them together. Or they can think of more creative ways to make their reminders. Pray and thank God for His plan to send a Savior.