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25th November 2018 – ‘Christmas Starts Here….’
Christmas Starts Here…
Over 2000 years there was a young woman called Mary who lived in a town called Nazareth.
One day, God sent one of his angels to see Mary. The angel had a very special message. The angel told Mary that God had an important job for her. She was going to have a very special baby. Mary was afraid but the angel told her not to be afraid because God would help her.
Mary wasn’t anyone special. She was just an ordinary young woman, but God chose Mary for this very important job.
Mary and Joseph were getting married. So, the Angel told Joseph about the special baby Mary was going to have and that they should call the baby, Jesus because Jesus means Saviour and when the baby grows up he is going to save many people for 1000s of years to come.
Sometime later, there was a census. Everyone had to go back to their hometown to be counted. Joseph’s family came from Bethlehem, so Mary and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to be counted.
They had a long journey, and by this time Mary was very pregnant so it took them a long time. They had to keep stopping for comfort breaks. By the time they reached Bethlehem everyone else was already there. Everywhere was full. There was nowhere to stay, except some space in a stable.
Mary was a bit afraid about having to sleep in a stable when it was nearly time for her baby to come. But she remembered what the angel said – ‘Don’t be afraid, God will help you.’
While they were staying in the stable the baby came. Mary wrapped the baby up tightly and put him in a manger because they didn’t have a cot for him. Joseph remembered what the angel had told him, and he called the baby Jesus. They looked at the baby and were amazed by what God had done.
In the fields around Bethlehem there were shepherds looking after the sheep. Suddenly an Angel appeared.
The angel told them about the special baby that had been born in the nearby town and that when he grew up, he would be a leader and teach people about God.
The shepherds were amazed. They couldn’t believe an angel had visited them and brought them such amazing news. They went to see the baby in the stable.
The shepherds weren’t special or important, they only looked after sheep, but God sent an angel to tell them about Jesus
Around this time a special star appeared in the sky. It was bigger and brighter than any other star.
Far to the east in another country, there were wisemen who knew to look out for a bright star which would appear when a special baby was born. When they saw the star, they knew it was time to go find the baby.
They took special gifts that were expensive enough to give to a king because they thought they were going to see a king. They followed the star all the way to Bethlehem.
When they found the baby wasn’t in a palace they were amazed – surely here was the King of the Jews, born in a stable. They gave him their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh and they knelt down and worshiped him.
That first Christmas was amazing. God came to earth and revealed himself to ordinary people; people we wouldn’t consider important or special. But everyone is important, and everyone is special to God.
It doesn’t matter where you live, what country you come from; it doesn’t matter whether you are clever like the wisemen, or good with your hands like the shepherds; whoever you are, Jesus came for you.
I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and maybe this Christmas come to know Jesus a little better.
Find somewhere safe to keep your prayer until it’s prayer time.
Choose a prayer from the cards. You can read it or use it to inspire you to say your own prayers. There are four blank cards for you to write names of people you want to remember to pray for. Take it in turns to pray.
The children can hold the prayer object during the prayer time. The prayer object is to be kept for prayer only, it isn’t a toy.
Remember, you don’t have to be in church to pray. God is waiting to hear from you, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
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