There are 3 sets of reading for use in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Check with the Church you are attending or the on-line service you are viewing to find out which one they are following. Or have all three open so that you are ready to share the message of these amazing worship expereinces with the children in your company.
We enter a new Church Season, Christmas, and it’s liturgical colour is WHITE (if you find that choice repressive many are now substituting GOLD)
If worshipping at home you might want to set up a focal point, possibly the Advent Candles,. and maybe a nativity. For Christmas Eve services some people remove the baby, adding him in for Sunday morning services.
CONGREGATIONAL USE: Though parents are the best at sharing their faith with their children, if you are a small congregation where children are a very small, or rare part of your congregational life. Please feel free to make these suggestions available to your congregation.Very happy for you to copy and paste idesa into your own Order of Service.
Colouring in sheets Look for the MERRY CHRISTMAS sheet for today
I have given you a choice of 2 Christmas day candle liturgies.
God came into our life,
shining light into the night
We welcome God’s gift
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Prepare a present (you might like to put a baby doll in the middle present) in advance, wrap as many layers as you want, then each person removes a piece of wrapping and says a prayer. This may be a silent prayer it doesn’t have to be verbal.
If you are in Australia and attending a Uniting Church in Australia, in many cases an Acknowledgment of Country will be said. You can teach your young ones to do this too
FIRST READING:Isaiah 52:7-10
How beautiful is the person (Shade your eyes)
who comes over the mountains to bring good news. (rub your hands together)
How beautiful is the one who announces peace. (take a deep breath in)
He brings good news (rub your hands together)
and announces salvation. (pretend your hands are a book)
How beautiful are the feet of the one who says to Jerusalem, (shade your eyes)
“Your God is king.” (bow)
8 Listen! Your guards are shouting. (cup your hands around your ear pretending to hear)
They are all shouting for joy! (star jump)
They all will see with their own eyes (point to your eyes)
when the Lord returns to Jerusalem.
9 Jerusalem, your buildings are destroyed now. (wipe away a tear)
But shout and rejoice together. (star jump)
You can rejoice because the Lord has comforted his people.(give yourself a hug)
He has saved Jerusalem. (jump for joy)
10 The Lord will show his holy power (flex your muscle in your arm)
to all the nations.
Then everyone on earth
will see the salvation of our God. (point to your eyes)
SING: Choose your favourite Christmas hymn and sing with gusto.
READ: Psalms for Young People by Marie-Helene Delval
How does this Psalm make you feel? Draw how you feel, or show how you feel, or point out which emoji this Psalm makes you feel like.
SECOND READING: Hebrew 1:1-4(5-12)
READ: Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell
A Storypath suggestion
SING Hebrew 1:1-2, by Coliln Buchanan on Baa Baa Doo Baa Baa
In the beginning
you were there
While everything else
You spoke through your son Jesus
Who you sent from his home
To be one of us
GOSPEL READING: John 1:1-14
READ: I am a Story by Dan Yaccarino
A Storypath suggestion
SING: Jesus came to Earth on the Awesome God album by Soverign Grace Kids
CRAFT Download, print and colour this simple nativity.
To all a Blessed Christmas
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