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December 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 • Christmas and EpiphanyClosing Prayer Gather the children in the prayer circle with their shoeboxes with puppets inside. Teach the children “The Friendly Beasts.”You may find the tune online or choose to say the words as a poem. As each character is mentioned, the children hold up their puppet figures. Remind the children that sometimes the figure is on the back of another puppet.The Friendly BeastsI, said the donkey, all shaggy and brown, I carried his mother uphill and down.I carried his mother to Bethlehem town.I, said the donkey, all shaggy and brown. I, said the cow, all white and red,I gave him my manger for his bed.I gave him my hay to pillow his head.I, said the cow, all white and red.I, said the sheep with the curly horn,I gave him my wool for his blanket warm.I gave him my wool on Christmas morn.I, said the sheep with the curly horn.I, said the dove from the rafter high,We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I.We cooed him to sleep so he would not cry. I, said the dove from the rafter high.Thus every beast by some good spell From the stable dark was glad to tellOf the gifts they gave Emmanuel,Of the gifts they gave Emmanuel.Remind the children to share their Objective The children will tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Gospel Weeklies with their familiesWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesThe Bible Tells Us the Christmas Story (page 23)The Christmas story is, of course, the Bible story with which children will be most familiar. Tell children that Christmas is the celebration of God coming into the world.Ask: What do you like best about Christmas? Do you know why we give presents at Christmas? Explain that giving gifts at Christmas is a celebration of the gift of Jesus, who came to teach us how to love one another.Help the children find the Christmas scene on page 23. Discuss the people and animals in the illustration. Point out the outline of a star above the Christmas scene. Invite the children to complete and color the Christmas star.Ask: Can you imagine how you would have felt as a visitor to Bethlehem? Would you have felt tired after journeying to Bethlehem? Would you have been cold? Excited? Conclude by singing “Jesus’ Lullaby” (CD-2, #5).Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 3–4.Live the GospelActivity ● Make a Nativity Scene (pages 3–4) Gather the children at their worktables with pages 3–4 of Seeds. Have an aide or older child available for every two children. Ask the children to turn page 3 faceup. Distribute scissors and assist them in cutting on the heavy lines to make six rectangles. Have the children place the rectangles at the top of their tables.Distribute six popsicle or craft sticks to each child. The children will tape them to the figures as illustrated in the drawing on page 2. It doesn’t matter which side of the figure the children use.Show the children how to place their stick figures in the slots in their box lids to make a Nativity scene. The box can be used to store the figures.Help the children place their Nativity scene figures in the slots in the boxes so they look outward. Take turns telling the Nativity story.and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.Use Activity #3 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming ● TG2-31The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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