On the night Jesus was born, shepherds were watching their sheep. Suddenly, an angel stood before them, and God’s light shined all around.
The angel said, “Do no be afraid, I bring joyful news to all people. Today, in the town of Bethlehem, a Savior has been born! He is lying in a manger.”
Then a choir of angels appeared. They sang, “Glory to God in the highest! Peace and goodwill to everyone on earth!”
The shepherds rushed to Bethlehem. There they found baby Jesus. They told Mary and Joseph what the angels said.
As they returned to their sheep, the shepherds told everyone what they had seen and heard. All along the way, the shepherds shouted praises to God.
- Who told the shepherds about Jesus’ birth? The angels
- Where did the angels tell the shepherds they would find the baby? Lying in a manger
- What was the first thing the shepherds did? They rushed to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus.
- Was Mary going to have a baby? Yes
- What did the shepherds do after they visited baby Jesus. They returned to their sheep and told everyone what they had seen and heard.
Dear God, thank you for the story of the angels who told the good news, and for the shepherds who went to see baby Jesus. Thank you for sending your son, baby Jesus. Amen
“She will name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Activity: Which Animal
Choose one family member to be a stable keeper. The stable keeper stands on one side of the room, and the rest of the family stands on the other side. Ask the stable keeper to think silently of an animal that might have been in the stable the night Jesus was born. Then the stable keeper should make the noise of that animal. The other family members now pretend to be that animal and make its sound while moving like that animal, across the room to the stable keeper. Once all the animals have made it to the stable keeper, the stable keeper goes to the opposite side of the room. Play continues as the new stable keeper thinks of an animal and makes the sound. (If your stable keeper needs help thinking of an animal, whisper a suggestion to her: cow, horse, donkey, dog, cat, chicken, sheep, bird, mouse, etc).
- What is a stable?
- What kinds of things might you see in a stable besides animals?
- What might a stable smell like?
- Why was Baby Jesus born in a stable?
- Who visited him at the stable?