Sunday School at Home for Sunday, December 5, 2021

Are You Ready for Christmas?

Theme: Preparing for Christ’s coming.
Scripture: Luke 3:1-6
Complete Supply List:
● An Advent calendar or regular calendar
● A Bible
● “Are You Ready for Christmas?” video
● Something to play the video
● Paper plates - one per child
● Napkins - one per child
● Strawberries
● Bananas
● Knife (adult use only)
● Construction paper - one per child
● Markers

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● An Advent calendar or regular calendar

Do This:
SAY: Look at that! (Show the calendar.) There are only [number of days] until
Christmas! Are you ready? That’s a question we hear quite often these days, isn't
it? What do people mean when they ask if you’re ready for Christmas? (Pause for
responses.)

They might wonder what you need to do to be ready. So what do you need to do to
be ready for Christmas? (Pause.) But what I wonder is, are you ready for Christ?
In our Bible lesson today, we hear the voice of John the Baptist crying out to the
people, "Prepare the way for the Lord. Fill in the valleys and level off all the
mountains. Make the crooked roads straight and the rough places smooth."
Do you think John the Baptist really wanted the people to work on the roads?
(Pause.) What John really wanted was for the people to get ready for the coming of
the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was telling people to get their hearts right and
return to God.

No matter how good people may think they are, there are always some crooked
ways and rough places in their lives. There are things such as dishonesty,
selfishness, pride, jealousy, and many more. John wanted the people to make
those crooked ways straight in preparation for Jesus’ coming.

During the Christmas season, we, too, can prepare by looking at our hearts and
smoothing out rough places like dishonesty and selfishness. And the good news is,
God will help us. Let's ask Him to do that right now.

PRAY: Dear Father, we want to be ready for You. Make our crooked ways straight
and our rough places smooth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Bible Memory Verse
“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. And
all mankind will see God's salvation." Luke 3:4-6

You’ll Need:
● A Bible
Get Ready: Invite kids to join you in a circle.

Do This:
● Read aloud Luke 3:1-6. Re-read verses 4-6 several times until kids become
familiar with it.
● Explain that together as a class, you’re going to play a memory game. Kids will
have to watch and listen very closely.
● Read the first line of verse 4 and pick one word to mime. (For example, when
you read, “As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:” you
might mime writing.)
● The next child will be in charge of coming up with a motion for the next line.
● With each line addition, start from the beginning of verse 4 and have kids do
the motions for each portion of the verse, adding the new motions as you read
the verses.

ASK:
● If you knew Jesus was coming to your house tomorrow, what would you do
to prepare?
● How can you prepare to celebrate Jesus this Christmas?

Are You Ready for Christmas?

You’ll Need:
● “Are You Ready for Christmas?” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.

ASK:
● What’s something that’s hard for you?
● How can you prepare to tell others about Jesus like John the Baptist?
SAY: John the Baptist wanted others to know, love, and follow Jesus. And he didn’t
give up the first time he ran into an obstacle. He never gave up.

Candy Cane Snacks

You’ll Need:
● Are You Ready for Christmas How-to video
● Paper plates - one per child
● Napkins - one per child
● Strawberries
● Bananas
● Knife (adult use only)

Get Ready: Before class, cut the bananas and strawberries into ½ inch slices.
Have kids clean their hands.

Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Candy Cane Snacks”:
● Give each child a paper plate, a napkin, and seven bananas, and seven
strawberry slices.
● Invite kids to line up the fruit in the shape of candy canes, alternating the
banana and strawberry slices.
● Read the poem below and then allow kids to enjoy their snacks.
SAY: The legend of the candy cane says, “Look at the candy cane, what do you
see? Stripes that are red like the blood shed for me. White is for my Savior who is
sinless and pure. J is for Jesus my Lord, that’s for sure. Turn it around and the
staff you will see. Jesus my Shepherd was born for me.” (Author unknown.)

Christmas Card Mission

You’ll Need:
● Construction paper - one per child
● Markers

Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “Christmas Cards Mission” craft:
● Give each child a piece of construction paper.
● Invite kids to make Christmas cards for people they know, inviting them to
church this Christmas.
● Challenge kids to write about preparing for Christmas.
● Once finished with the cards, invite kids to pray over their cards and for the
person that might receive them.

ASK:
● How can we pray for and encourage others to prepare to worship Jesus at
Christmas?

PRAY: Dear God, we are so thankful You sent Jesus to rescue us. Help us make
room to celebrate Jesus this Christmas. In Jesus’ name, amen.
 

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