Sunday School at Home for December 19

The Gift of Love

Theme: The greatest gift of all is the gift of God’s love.
Scripture: Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Complete Supply List:
● 2 Boxes
● Plain brown wrapping paper
● Fun Christmas wrapping paper
● Tape
● “The Gift of Love” video
● Something to play the video
● Paper plates
● Napkins - one per child
● Heart-shaped sugar cookies - one per child
● Plastic spoons - one per child
● Icing
● Sprinkles
● Stapler
● “Baby Face” Handout
● Scissors
● Glue
● Hole punch
● Yarn
● Crayons

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● 2 Boxes
● Plain brown wrapping paper
● Fun Christmas wrapping paper
● Tape

Get Ready: Before the lesson, wrap two gift boxes--one with brown paper and the
other with Christmas wrapping paper. Feel free to add bows and other things to the
Christmas-themed gift only.

Do This:
SAY: I have two gifts here — one wrapped in plain old brown paper and one
wrapped in extravagant Christmas wrapping. If I were to let you choose, which gift
would you pick? (Give children time to answer).
Most of us would probably choose the fancy-looking gift, right? Something so
exciting must have something wonderful inside! But did you know that the best
gift we could have ever received actually came in something that looked a lot
more like this plain old brown paper box?
God’s gift of Jesus, His only Son, didn’t come in fancy wrapping. Jesus didn’t have
a rich family and He was born in a stable. But Jesus is the greatest gift the world
has ever known.
The Bible says when Mary found out she was chosen to deliver God's gift to the
world, she was filled with joy. She hurried to Elizabeth’s home to share the good
news.
Elizabeth was also pregnant, and when she heard the news, the Bible says the
baby she was carrying “leaped!” Elizabeth exclaimed in a loud voice, "Blessed are
you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! You are blessed because
you believed that the Lord would do what He said."
Through Jesus, God sent us the gift of His love, but some people are so busy
unwrapping fancy packages that they miss the greatest gift of all, Jesus.

PRAY: Dear Father, we are thankful that You loved us so much that You sent Your
only Son to be our Savior. In Jesus' name, amen.

The Gift of Love
You’ll Need:
● “The Gift of Love” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.

ASK:
● Tell about a time you received a gift you didn’t deserve.
● How does it make you feel to know that God’s love is the greatest gift of all?

Cookies of Love
You’ll Need:
● Paper plates - one per child
● Napkins - one per child
● Heart-shaped sugar cookies - one per child
● Plastic spoons - one per child
● Icing
● Sprinkles

Get Ready: Have kids clean their hands.

Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Cookies of Love” snacks:
● Give each child a paper plate, a napkin, a plastic spoon, and two heart cookies.
● Invite kids to ice and decorate their heart cookies.
● Enjoy.

ASK:
● When was the last time you jumped up and down because you were so
excited?
● What excites you most about Christmas?

SAY: When we think of love, we don’t really think about it being a gift. We can’t
hold love, but we can feel love. Love is a gift, but no love compares to the love of
God. God’s love is perfect and it is the greatest gift of all.

Wrapped-Up Love
You’ll Need:
● The Gift of Love How-to video
● Paper plates - one per child
● Stapler
● “Baby Face” Handout
● Scissors
● Glue
● Hole punch
● Yarn
● Crayons

Get Ready: Before class, print the “Baby Face” handout, one for each child. Cut out
the face and label, then punch a hole in the top of each paper plate.
Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “Wrapped-Up Love” craft:
● Give each child a plate and a set of “Baby Face” handout assets.
● Lead kids in folding the bottom of the paper plate about 1/3 of the way up, then
folding both sides in. Help them staple the folded sides down.
● As children wait for theirs to be stapled, have them color and decorate the baby
Jesus face.
● Have them glue the baby face near the top of the plate. (It should look like
Jesus is wrapped in a blanket when the sides are stapled in place.)
● Invite kids to thread their string through the hole at the top of the plate and
help them tie it.
● Have kids glue the label to the front of their craft.
● Allow kids to color and decorate their craft as time allows.

SAY: Baby Jesus looks so wrapped in love, doesn’t He? Jesus is God’s gift of love
wrapped up for us. Take this craft home and hang it on your Christmas tree as a
reminder that God’s love is the greatest gift of all.

 

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