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December 24, 2017 • 4th Sunday of AdventWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesThe Holy Family (page 9)Ask: How do families show love for one another? How do they help one another? How are children your age able to help in your families?Introduce the term Holy Family. Ask: Who do you think the Holy Family is? If anyone says their family is holy, agree with them. All families are expected to do their best to be holy. But the Holy Family is even more special than our own families.Ask the children to follow along as you read the words at the top of page 9. Guide them through the activity. Ask them to choose the correct crayons to follow your directions:●  ColortheheartbythemotherofJesusred.●  ColortheheartbyJesusgreen.●  ColortheheartbyJoseph,thefosterfatherofJesus,brown.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 1–4.Live the GospelObjectives ● The children will:●  Retell the Christmas story in sequence.●  PraythefirstpartoftheHailMary.Activity ● The Christmas Story Booklet (pages 1–4) Gather the children in the work area and distribute Seeds. Demonstrate how to fold the pages to make a booklet. Make sure all the children have their pages in order.Talk about the cover picture. Ask: Does Mary look happy? Does the angel look happy? Why are they happy? Who did Mary listen to? Who did the angel listen to? Read the words to the children. Then ask them to guess what happens next in the story.Turn to pages 2–3 of the booklet. Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem because the king tells them to. It was a long way to travel, and the donkey was probably slow. The sun is almost going down. Some of the stars are shining already, so it must be gettinglate. Ask: Do Mary and Joseph look happy? Who did Joseph listen to? Where do you think Mary and Joseph will stay at night? Probably in the little town in the corner of the picture.Turn to pages 4–5. Once they got to Bethlehem, Joseph tried to find a place to stay. There were no rooms available. Finally, someone let them stay in the stable where animals lived. Now they were ready for Jesus to come. Jesus was born in the stable. Mary put him in the manger.Turn to pages 6–7. At the same time up on the hills, shepherds were taking care of their sheep. It was night, and the sky was filled with stars. Shepherds had to sleep all night with their sheep so the sheep would not get stolen or wander away.All of a sudden, the shepherds heard angels singing! They listened to the angels’ message: “Glory to God. Peace on earth.” Then one angel said, “I bring good news. Today in Bethlehem, a savior has been born. Go to the stable. You will find him there.” Because the shepherds listened, they found Jesus. Then they went and told everyone else what a great thing had happened.Prayer Activity ● The Hail Mary Ask: What did the angel Gabriel tell Mary? The angel said to her, “Hail, Mary.” Ask: Have you heard people say this prayer? Read the first part ofthe Hail Mary on page 8 of their books. Talk about what those words mean. Hail, Mary: Hello, Mary. Full of grace: You are fullof God’s life, full of happiness. The Lord is with thee: God is with you. Blessed art thou among women: You are very special to God. Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus: Your baby, Jesus, who will grow in your womb, is very special to God too.Closing Prayer Gather standing in a prayer circle. Pray the first part of the Hail Mary together. Remind the children to share this prayer at home.End your prayer and class session by playing and singing “Mary, You Said Yes to God” (CD-2, #24).Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.Use Activity #23 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming ● TG2-27The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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