Tell The Story Again…and Again

Practice for the Christmas Eve Pick-up Pageant started in November.   Miss Carmen met with a group of K through 5th graders and said, “Let’s start at the beginning.  Who remembers The Christmas Story?”  No one spoke; no hands were raised.

Carmen: “Who are the people in The Story?”  Silence.

“There was a mom and a dad and a baby. What was the mother’s name?”  More silence.

“What was the baby’s name?”  NothingThen, a hesitant, “Baby Jesus?”

“Right!  And who was Jesus’ mother?”

 Fourth grader: “Mary?”

“Yes!  And who was Jesus’ father?”  Thinking…then, “Was it Joseph?”

“Good!  What happened to Mary before she married Joseph?”  Blank faces.

“Someone told her something was going to happen to her.”  All quiet.

“Mary was visited by someone.  Who came to Mary in a dream?” Furrowed brows.

 Miss Carmen (with flapping arms): “Someone visited Mary and gave her some big news.”

Fourth grader: “An angel!”  Eyes light up…others begin to recall more details.

Carmen: “What did the angel tell Mary?”

Third grader: “A baby? That Baby Jesus would be born on Christmas!”  Smiles all around.

With more prompts, clues and questions, the children were able to piece together fragments of The Christmas Story.  It can be found in Matthew 1:18 – 2:23 and Luke 1:26 – 2:19.

Some adults in the room were surprised how long it took for the children to recall The Story that many of us know so well. 

Why do we know it so well?  How can we make sure our children know it, too?

Throughout December, children and youth may experience The Christmas Story through drama as we rehearse the pick-up pageant.  Some youth are ready to take leadership roles as Assistant Directors.  They will experience The Story from a new perspective.

Young people who attend Sunday school will learn about the prophecies (Micah 5:2-5a), the foretelling of Elizabeth and Mary’s unlikely pregnancies (Luke 1:5-38), the journey to Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-5), and Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:6-7).

Families can take home an Advent booklet with ideas to help prepare for Christmas. The activities will reinforce at home what we learn in church. Booklets are in the narthex.

We begin each Christian year by telling The Story of Emmanuel, God with us.  It is the story of hope, joy, peace and love.

Let’s tell The Christmas Story again.  Let’s sing it, watch it and read it over and over until we are filled to overflowing.  And, let’s share it with others so they can be filled-up, too.

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