Sunday School at Home for December 18

An Angel Appears to Joseph

Theme: We accept Jesus as God’s Son.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Complete Supply List:
● A Christmas angel decoration, such as an ornament, tree topper, or Christmas
card
● “The Colors of the Gospel” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Banana slices
● Angel food cake (or any cake) cut into triangles
● Apple slices
● Plates
● Napkins

The Children’s Sermon:
You’ll Need:
● A Christmas angel decoration, such as an ornament, tree topper, or
Christmas card
Do This:
SAY: Don't you just love all of the beautiful decorations during the Christmas
season? We see colorful ribbons and bows, bells, candles, stars and lots and lots of
angels.
Show children the Christmas angel decoration.
ASK: Why do you think we see so many angels at Christmas time? (Allow children to
answer.)
SAY: Probably the first thing we think of when we see angel decorations at
Christmas is that the angels appeared to announce the birth of Jesus to the
shepherds. But an angel is important to Christmas even before Jesus was born.
What do you know about angels? (Allow children to answer.)
SAY: One of the things we know about angels is that they have wings. So I’ll tell
you what happened and whenever you hear me say the word “angels,” flap your
arms like wings. Ready?
SAY: Our Bible lesson today tells us about a visit from an angel (pause for children
to flap their arms). Joseph and Mary were engaged to be married. Can you imagine
the thoughts that came to Joseph's mind when he discovered that Mary was going
to have a baby and they weren’t married yet? He probably asked himself, "What do I
do now?" Joseph was a good man and did not want to disgrace Mary publicly, so he
decided that it would be better to break off the engagement quietly. While he was
considering this, an angel (pause for children to flap their arms) appeared to him in a
dream.
"Don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife," the angel (pause for children to flap their
arms) said. "The child that is inside her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. She will
have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save the people from their
sins."
When the angel (pause for children to flap their arms) of the Lord had spoken and
made God's plan clear, Joseph was obedient. He didn’t have to understand how
everything was going to happen. He didn’t need to worry about what anyone else
would think. Joseph trusted God and obeyed Him.
Sometimes you and I may find ourselves in a situation where we don't know what to
do. Like Joseph, we might ask ourselves, "What do I do now?" If we listen, God will
tell us what to do. He probably won't speak to us through an angel (pause for
children to flap their arms), but He will speak to us through the Bible! It is up to us to
listen and obey.
Pray: Dear God, we are filled with joy by the many lessons we learn when we
accept Jesus as God’s son. Help us read Your Word and listen as You give us the
answers to life's difficult questions. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


“The Colors of the Gospel” Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “The Colors of the Gospel” video lesson
● Something to play the video


Do This: Tell children that this is a video that will help them understand why we need
to accept Jesus as God’s son. Show them the video.
ASK:
● What did you learn about Jesus?
● What questions do you have about accepting Jesus as God’s son?


Angel Snack
You’ll Need:
An Angel Appears to Joseph How-to Video
● Banana slices
● Angel food cake (or any cake) cut into triangles
● Apple slices
● Plates
● Napkins
Do This:
Help children make the Angel Snack by following these steps:
● Lay the cake triangle on your plate for the angel’s body.
● Set a banana slice “head” at the top of your angel’s body.
● Place the apple slices as wings for the angel.
● Enjoy the snack!
Remind children as they are eating that the angel told Joseph that he needed to accept
Jesus as God’s son.
 

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