Advent Recap: Last Minute Nativity

Have you been meaning to feed your family’s faith this Advent, but just haven’t been able to find the time amid all the activities and obligations?  Here is your chance to catch up on the story and make a small nativity set together as a family.  Take a deep breath, a few moments of holy time, and get ready to focus on our Savior.

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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:  Recap
For the past several weeks on Family God Time, we have been reviewing the different parts of the Christmas story.  You can watch a great version of this story together here:

Discuss as a family:  Which character was your favorite in this story?  Which one are you the most like?  Why?  Which one would you least like to be?  Why?  What did you learn about Christmas from this story?

Activity:  Last Minute Nativity Set
A nativity set is a group of figures that tell us the story of Jesus’ birth.  Below, find three options for a small nativity set that you can complete in one sitting.  Choose the one that is most do-able for your family.  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

Block Nativity:
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You will need:
1 coloring and instruction sheet, printed on regular printer paper
1 wooden block shaped like a house (find a few at church, thanks to my wonderful husband!) (You do not have to stain it like the one in the photo; an unstained one will still turn out beautiful!)
coloring utensils
1 pair of scissors
Mod Podge or other crafting glue
A 1 inch brush

Download the coloring and instruction sheet here:  Last Minute Block Nativity

Popsicle Stick Puppet Nativity:

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You will need:
1 coloring and instruction sheet, printed on cardstock
coloring utensils
1 pair of scissors
popsicle sticks (find some at church)
glue or tape

Download the coloring and instruction sheet here:  Last Minute Popsicle Stick Nativity

Magnet Nativity:

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You will need:
1 coloring and instruction sheet, printed on cardstock
coloring utensils
1 pair of scissors
3 business card magnets, or other sticky back magnets (there are some available at church)

Download the coloring and instruction sheet here:  Last Minute Magnet Nativity

Song:  What Child is This?
This Christmas song features almost all the parts of our story today.

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

Thanks for taking and making the time to 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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