Mary and Elizabeth by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of Mary's visit to Elizabeth and the birth of John the Baptist.
1. John the Baptist and Jesus were both promised by God.
2. We should rejoice with others.
3. With God, all things are possible.
"All this took place to fulfill what the Lord has said through the prophets: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:22-23 (In reference to Isaiah 7:14b)
My God is So Big
Jesus Loves the Little Children
I'm Happy Today
You're the One
Magnificat (best for older kids or teach youngers the first verse)
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Just the Right Time
Explain that John had a very important job to do. His job was to prepare and make ready the way for Christ. Ask the child if they know what prepare means. To illustrate, select a recipe of some kind. This can be dinner, dessert, or a special snack. Before you start, lay out the ingredients. (For illustrative purposes, a recipe that uses items like flour, baking soda, or other items that are not good before preparation would be best.) Ask the child if the flour or other items are ready to eat. As you begin to prepare the recipe, ask the child throughout the process if the item is ready. Explain that the item will only be ready at the proper time when all the ingredients are assembled and baked. Talk about how, just like the ingredients, God selected a time and people to make ready the way for His Son. (Idea from Trueway Kids)
2. Scavenger Hunt
Hide baby items and/or little baby dolls around the room. Challenge the kids to find them like a game of hide and seek. Discuss how the Israelites had been looking for two special people God has promised to send to them. They were looking for a new prophet to announce the birth of the new King and for the new King that would set them free. John and Jesus were those promised babies.
READ Luke 1:5-80 or tell the story of the Birth of John the Baptist.
1. Who did Mary go to see? Her cousin Elizabeth
2. What did the baby do when she heard Mary's greeting? Leaped in her womb
3. What happened when Zachariah named his son John? He was able to speak again
4. What were some of the amazing parts of John's birth? His parents were too old to have children, his dad couldn't speak until after he was born, the baby leaped at the sound of Mary's voice
5. Where did John go to live when he grew up? The Wilderness
Connect their story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's plan for salvation.
Baby Bell Christmas Ornament Craft
Discuss how a bell is used to announce something imporant and John was like the bell, announcing the coming of Jesus.
Roman Tabula by Trueway Kids
Supplies: Cardboard, Plasticine / Modelling clay, Scissors, Glue, Colored paper, Tape
Let the children create their own tablets to write "His name is John"
John the Baptist Paper Puppets by Sunday School Zone
Supplies: Template, Scissors, Popsicle Sticks (optional)