Welcome to the celebration of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, this Sunday, December 24, when we introduce the fourth advent card, focusing on the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. We’ll miss Sunday school this Sunday at my church, but I’m posting this for any others that might find it helpful.
There are several themes you may wish to explore during the time in the circle or during the create-a-gift-for-God time. These include:
1. The idea that not only did the poor, uneducated shepherds go to see the baby, but so did the Magi — men so wise that people thought they were magic.
2. The idea of God providing a wild star for the Magi to follow.
3. The significance of the three gifts for Jesus. (You may want to go ahead and share the details normally shared in the Epiphany lesson, since we’ll be focusing on Jesus’s dedication that Sunday- the gold (for a king,) frankincense (used for worship,) and myrrh (burned at funerals.) What is the significance of these three gifts in Jesus’ life?
4. The interaction between the Magi and King Herod.
Ideas to Get Children Thinking About Their Gifts to God
There are several areas of focus for their gift-to-God making:
The Wild Star
2. Make a star out of Popsicle sticks shown here. The children could cover it with sparkly sequins. (There are some on our art cart.)
3. Make crown ornaments for the tree, as are shown here. (Directions included.)