Simeon and Anna by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of how what Joseph and Mary experienced when they took baby Jesus to the temple.
1. Jesus's birth was the fulfillment of God's promise.
2. Jesus's birth fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies.
3. Jesus was with God, and was God, who came to us to fulfill God's plan for redemption because he loved us.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Be Still and Know
I Love the Lord Messiah
Said I Wasn't
Shine Jesus Shine
Stand Up and Shout It
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Baby Blessing Cards
Talk about a what a blessing is and explain that today we are going to talk about a way Jesus received a blessing when he was a little baby. Let the children decorate simple cards with words of blessing for each baby in your congregation.
2. Eye Spy with Sunglasses
Let the children play, "I Spy," for one or two rounds. If you're children are younger, play with colors. Then, you play while wearing colored glasses or cheap sunglasses. Discuss about how some people in the temple only saw a baby. Others had eyes that saw our Savior.
Ask the kids about what it feels like when you are waiting for a special day. Maybe a holiday, birthday or fun trip. Talk about how they might feel if they had to wait for something and didn't know the date.
READ Luke 2:22-38 or tell the story of Simeon and Anna in the temple.
1. Why did Joseph and Mary take Jesus to Jerusalem?
2. What did they buy for their sacrifice?
3. Who did they meet there?
4. What promise did Simeon say the Lord had made to him?
5. What did Anna say about Jesus?
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's plan for salvation.
Memory Verse Glasses from Trueway Kids
Template on white card, Coloring pencils, scissor, glue
Supplies: Paper or cardstock, scissors, markers or crayons, ribbon or pipe cleaners, tape, glue, staples, crayons and markers, paper plates