Saturday, January 20, 2007

Jesus is Named and Visits the Temple

Our text for tomorrow will be Luke 2:21-38. This is a very touching story about the old man Simeon who had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he was the "Lord's Christ". When he takes the baby Jesus in his arms, you can just feel the emotion he is feeling as he blesses the baby. Just imagine what it was like for Joseph and Mary, who knew they had a very special child, but to see this old man react in such a way. The Bible said they "marveled at those things which were spoken of Him." It makes you wonder if they really understood the magnitude of what God had blessed them with.

The kids seem to be enjoying the stations. They sit down at them and pretty much stay with the same one for the rest of the class. I haven't figured out if they are afraid to get up and move around or if they are so enthralled in their activity that they just want to stay there. Of course, it could also be that I talk too much at the beginning of class and they don't have much time to do the stations.

My Lesson Plan:

Sing: Tell Me The Story of Jesus -- I have a poster on the wall with the words of this song written on it along with pictures depicting Jesus' life.

Tell the story of Jesus as we've studied in Luke. Then pick up reading in Luke 2:21 and continue to Luke 38 to tell today's story.

Review the New Testament cards on the wall and introduce Luke.

Go over The Wise Man from Matthew 7. They are to memorize this and do all the activities in the station. Encourage them to do the activities in their project folder also.

Let them spend time in the stations.