Mary and the Angel: Luke 1:26-38

This is the second week of Advent, the season of the church where we prepare for and anticipate Jesus’ coming among us at Christmas.  This week, we continue our Advent study and Nativity set project.  Instructions for all three types of set are in this post.  Have a wonderful time feeding your family’s faith this week!

WP_20151203_13_52_53_ProGathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to prepare for your coming at Christmas.  Help our time to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Luke 1:26-38
Read this story in your Bible, or you can find it here:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1%3A26-38&version=ERV

Discuss as a family:  How did Mary feel about meeting an angel?  How would you feel about this?  What did Mary do when she met the angel?  Do you ever have any questions for God?  What are they?  How did Mary respond to the angel in the end?  Would you have made the same choices as she did? Why or why not?

Activity:  Making your Nativity Set Week 2
During Family God Time, we will be looking forward to the coming of Jesus by making a nativity set together.  A nativity set is a group of figures that tell us the story of Jesus’ birth.  Last week, you decided which nativity set you were going to make as a family; this week you get to begin your work!  Look for the set of instructions that match your set, below.  If you want to listen to some sacred Christmas music as you work, here are three great collections:

For Kids with Words:  https://youtu.be/PC67SdKYQ28

All verses of classic hymns with lyrics:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjrNT3nia3QvVViHQSpRO3XA7m3NfpQDO

Piano only, no Words:  https://youtu.be/sa7i-YYhc5Q

TP Nativity: (Easy-level of difficulty-anyone can do it!)

TP Nativity

Coloring Template:  TP Nativity 1TP Nativity 2
Coloring utensils
Scissors
9 empty toilet paper rolls
1 empty paper towel roll
-or- 2 empty wrapping paper rolls
(you could get 2 rolls at the dollar store, unwrap them and store the paper wrapped around another roll)
Crystal Clear Packing Tape
Empty Cardboard Box

During this second week of Advent, you will only be making three of your nativity characters, the ones we learned about in this week’s story.  Color Mary, the angel, and Jesus.  Cut them out along the lines provided.  Secure them to three empty toilet paper rolls with the packing tape, as shown in this little video:

Turn the cardboard box on its side and place Mary and the angel inside.  HIDE JESUS until Christmas Eve night.  Because of the angel’s message, we know that he is coming, but he has not yet arrived.  We wait in hope!

Stone Nativity: (Medium-level of difficulty due to coloring)

Stone Nativity

Coloring Template:  Stone Nativity
Coloring Utensils (fine point)
Scissors
13 river stones (available at church)
Mod Podge Glue
½” width paint brush
Shredded paper
A basket or a bowl (preferably borrowed, like Jesus’ cradle!)

During this second week of Advent, you will only be making three of your nativity characters, the ones we learned about in this week’s story.  Color Mary, the angel, and Jesus.  Cut them out as near to the edges of the characters as you can.  Choose three stones that will fit the characters.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the stone, place the character on the stone, and apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top.  Be careful as you do this; my markers had a tendency to run the colors together if I was too generous with the glue.  Allow to dry.  Add another second thin layer of glue.  Allow to dry.

Fill the basket or bowl with shredded paper and place Mary and the angel inside.  HIDE JESUS until Christmas Eve night.  Because of the angel’s message, we know that he is coming, but he has not yet arrived.  We wait in hope!

Block Nativity: (Hard-level of difficulty/time)

Block Nativity

Coloring template:
Coloring utensils
Scissors
1- 8 ft. 2 x 4 cut into 12- 7 in. sections
(glue 2 together for donkey)
(cut one into 3- 2.25 in. sections for 2 sheep and 1 star)
Sandpaper
Wood stain
Mod Podge
1 in. paint brush
A stable:  Here are the plans for one:Block Nativity Stable 2015

During this second week of Advent, you will only be making three of your nativity characters, the ones we learned about in this week’s story.  Color Mary, the angel, and Jesus.  Cut them out as near to the edges of the characters as you can.  Take three of your blocks, which you have sanded and stained, and turn them so that the long edge is vertical.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the block, place the character on the block, and apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top.  Be careful as you do this; my markers had a tendency to run the colors together if I was too generous with the glue.  Allow to dry.  Add another second thin layer of glue.  Allow to dry.

Because of their size, you can simply put your finished Mary and angel on a bookshelf or mantle piece.  You could also construct a barn from the plans provided (feel free to ask Patrick if you need help with this).  HIDE JESUS until Christmas Eve night.  Because of the angel’s message, we know that he is coming, but he has not yet arrived.  We wait in hope!

Song:  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

This is one of the oldest songs that we have in church.  It reminds us of all the reasons that Jesus needs to come to our world.  You can listen to an acapella version (different from last week’s)  here:

Sing along on the chorus this week:
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith this Advent!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family.  Bless us as we prepare for Jesus’ coming at Christmas.  Amen.

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