The Shepherds and the Angels: Luke 2:8-14

This is the fourth 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!

Advent 4 nativity.jpg

Gathering 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 2:8-14
Read this story in your Bible, or you can find it here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+2%3A8-14&version=NRSV

Discuss as a family:  What would it have been like to be a shepherd in this story?  What do you think the angels sounded like?  Do you think that the shepherds obeyed the angels?  Why or why not?

You will have to wait for Christmas for the rest of the story….remember:  Advent is the season of waiting in hope!

Activity:  Making your Nativity Set Week 4
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 began working on a few characters in your set; this week you will continue with a few more pieces.  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 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 fourth week of Advent, you will only be making three of your nativity characters, the ones that go with this week’s story.  Color the shepherd and the two sheep.  Cut them out along the lines provided.  Secure the shepherd to an empty toilet paper roll with the packing tape, as shown in this little video:

For the sheep, cut 2 chunks off of your paper towel roll that are big enough for the sheep.  Secure the sheep to the chunks, as shown above.

In our story for today, the shepherds have not yet arrived at the stable.  Place them somewhere in the room with your stable that is higher and farther away, like in the story.  They will arrive on Christmas Eve night!

Stone Nativity: (Medium-level of difficulty due to coloring)
Stone NativityColoring Template (Stone Nativity)
Coloring Utensils (fine point)
Scissors
13 river stones
Mod Podge Glue
½” width paint brush
Shredded paper
A basket or a bowl (preferably borrowed, like Jesus’ cradle!)

During this fourth week of Advent, you will only be making three of your nativity characters, the ones that go with this week’s story.  Color the shepherd and the two sheep.  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.

In our story for today, the shepherds have not yet arrived at the stable.  Place them somewhere in the room with your stable that is higher and farther away, like in the story.  They will arrive on Christmas Eve night!

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

Block Nativity Stable 2015

During this fourth week of Advent, you will only be making three of your nativity characters, the ones that go with this week’s story.  Color the shepherd and the two sheep.   Cut them out as near to the edges of the characters as you can.  Take one of your 7 inch blocks, which you have sanded and stained, and turn it so that the long edge is vertical (this will be the shepherd).  Take two of your small blocks and place them so that the long edges are horizontal (these will be your sheep).  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to each of the blocks, place the correct 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.

In our story for today, the shepherds have not yet arrived at the stable.  Place them somewhere in the room with your stable that is higher and farther away, like in the story.  They will arrive on Christmas Eve night!

Song:  Go, Tell it on the Mountain
Did you notice that our story for today featured the shepherds?  So does this Christmas song.

The lyrics are printed on the screen as you watch.  Sing along!

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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