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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will share their Christmas experiences.Gather the children in a circle in the open area, holding hands. Lead them in singing “Happy Birthday, Jesus” (CD-2, #6).Gathering Prayer Ask the children to sit quietly while you say the following prayer: “Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to be with us. We are happy he came. We will try to act like him and be good and loving to each other.”The children respond, “Amen.”Activity ● We Celebrate Christmas. Ask the children to tell about their Christmas celebrations. Some of the children may bring a gift they received, so begin with the gift giving and receiving. As they tell about one gift they received, remind them of the reason for giving gifts. God’s gift of Jesus to us. Have them continue by sharing who came to their house to celebrate, places they went, special foods they ate, cards/gifts they gave and received. Then talk about going to church—the manger scene, poinsettias, Christmas songs, special clothes they wore. Take enough time so that every child has an opportunity to share at least once.Activity ● Stretch and Sing Direct the children to follow you as you lead them around the room, playing and singing “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-2, #4).Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will reflect on the Christmas Gospel.Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare the children for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel ● Jesus is born! Tell the children that the Christmas story is such a wonderful story that you like to tell it over and over. Ask them to close their eyes and try to picture everything that is happening as you tell the Christmas story:The man who was the ruler of Israel, the country where Mary and Joseph lived, decided he wanted to know exactly how many people lived in his kingdom. Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem to be counted. It was a long trip.When they got to Bethlehem, all the hotels were full. Mary said, “Joseph, we must find a place to stay. I think the baby will be born soon.” Joseph asked at every hotel, but there was no room. Thena kind innkeeper said they could stay in the stable with the animals. “I’m sorry we couldn’t find a better place, Mary,” Joseph said. “This will be fine, Joseph,” Mary told him. “The animals will keep us warm.”Soon Jesus was born. Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him on the hay. Out in the fields, shepherds were taking care of their sheep. An angel told them, “Do not fear. I have come to bring you good news. In Bethlehem, a special child has been born. God has sent him. Go to the stable. There you will find Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.” Then many angels filled the sky, singing “Glory to God in the highest, and peace to people on earth.”The shepherds said, “Let’s go and see what the angel is talking about.” They hurried to Bethlehem. They found the stable and Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Then they went to tell their friends the good news about Jesus.One day, Mary and Joseph were surprised by some very special visitors. Three wise men from the East wanted to see the new king. They had gifts for him—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They told Mary and Joseph they had seen a star and followed it to Bethlehem. They were very happy to see Jesus. They were going to tell King Herod all about Jesus, but an angel told them in a dream to go home instead. They told everyone in their country about Jesus.Activity ● Gospel Retelling Direct the children to open their eyes. Distribute pages 3–4 of Seeds. Tell them Seeds has pictures of the people and animals in the Christmas story. We will look at each character and tell what part each played in the Christmas story.On page 3, look at Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, and one of the shepherds who heard the angels and came to see Jesus. Ask: How did the shepherds know who Jesus was? How did they know where to find him?On page 4, look at a little girl who brought her pet birds to see Jesus, the donkey Mary rode to Bethlehem, the cow who livesin the stable, the sheep with the curly horns, and the wise men who came to visit Baby Jesus. Ask: Why was Jesus born in a stable instead of a house or a hospital?Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.TG2-30PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 25, 2017and January 7, 2018 Christmas and EpiphanyJesus is born!

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