Nativity Set

I’ve talked before about how acting out scripture helps children connect with the story. I can’t think of a better time to pull out items to help children do just that than Christmas time! A nativity version of the bible box!

Each of my boys have their own nativity set. They keep them in their rooms. But as we get closer to Christmas I also pack one nativity into our church bag for them to play with during the service. It’s my hope that as they play with the nativity, the stories they are hearing in the worship will sink in a little deeper.

When I was at Target a couple of weeks ago I saw this little nativity in the dollar section. Not sure if they are still there, but you can definitely check it out!

Below are some amazon links to the other nativity sets I own. Even if you can’t get them in time for this Christmas, you could stock up for next year!


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Don’t Worry Be Happy

Each Wednesday I release additional resources for less than $1! You get  a PDF with the lesson plan, 2 additional activities, a handout, and an image to use as a worship background. A preview of the resources and the purchase button are at the bottom of this post!

Has anyone ever asked you to do something that was hard? Allow a few children to share difficult tasks they’ve had to do. Sometimes we have to do something because we know it’s the right thing to do even if we don’t want to or if it seems hard. Share a time that you did something because it was the right thing even though it was hard to do.

Today I want to read you a story about Mary. Read Luke 1:26-38 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible – Year B. Mary was a little bit scared and worried about what God asked her to do. But she knew that with God amazing things are possible. I bet the idea of being Jesus’s mom was frightening and exciting at the same time!

The angel told Mary to be happy. I don’t know about you, but when I’m asked to do something that makes me a bit scared and I’m not sure I really want to do it, I usually don’t feel happy. In fact, I can get a little bit grumpy about it. Have you ever felt that way? Allow children to respond. But the angel said to be happy, that God was with Mary and chosen her for something special. I think that God wants us to be happy even when we are going to do something difficult. I think that God wants us to respond like Mary did. She said that if that’s what God wanted then that was what she would do. Mary was strong and brave. And we can be too!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Look for the Good

Have you noticed that each Wednesday I release additional resources for less than $1?!? You get  a PDF with the lesson plan, 2 additional activities, a handout, and an image to use as a worship background. A preview of the resources and the purchase button are at the bottom of this post!

Have you ever felt so happy about something that you wanted to laugh and sing? Allow children to share a time they felt that happy. When we feel especially happy we often give praise to God. Listen to this scripture from the book of Psalms. Read Psalm 126. For this Psalm I think The Message Bible version is the easiest for children to understand. The people in this Psalm were so happy that they were laughing and singing. They were praising God. But there was one part that seemed a little confusing. Does anyone know what a drought is? Allow children to respond. So what do you think it means when the Psalm says “bring rains to our drought stricken lives”? Discuss with children the comparison of drought to a time in life that is sad.

It’s easy to think that the good times and the bad times are two separate times in life. I believe that there are good things and bad things always happening. Share an example of a time in your life when something good and something bad happened at the same time. Have you ever had something good and something bad happen in the same day? Allow a few children to share examples from their own lives. I think that we have the power to decide if we are going to focus on the happy things or the sad things. When we choose to look for happy things we will find them. When we choose to look for sad things, we will find those too. Which would you rather find? That doesn’t mean that you will never be sad, but you can choose to look for moments of happiness even in sad times. And when we focus on God, in our lives, God helps us find those moments of happiness.

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home. But for this lectionary year I wanted to offer you something more.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today!
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Cost: $0.99

Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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Countdown to Christmas

I love decorating for Christmas. And I enjoy the idea of advent calendars. This year I’ve decided to countdown in a different way. As a former teacher I have LOTS children’s books. Many of which are still in boxes in my basement. I decided to pull out my favorite Christmas/holiday books. Some are secular and some are religious. I discovered that I had 20 holiday books. If I purchase 5 more I’ll have enough to create a new kind of countdown. The 25 books of Christmas! My plan is that each night we will sit down and read one of these books. Since we read every night anyway this should be an easy thing to do. You could simply wrap each book and place them in a basket. I wanted this to become a yearly tradition so I created these bags. If you’d like to know how I made them, I posted a tutorial here.

What holiday tradition are you most looking forward to?

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Comfort Me

Have you ever felt really sad about something? What kinds of things make you feel better when you are sad? Allow children to name something that makes them feel better (hugs, having someone listen to them, singing a song, etc).

Remember last week when we read in the Bible about Isaiah? This week I have another story to share with you from Isaiah. Read Isaiah 40:1-11 from the Lectionary Story Bible – Year B. When Isaiah was feeling sad he would sing. Let me share his song with you again. “Comfort them. Comfort my people, says our God. Speak so tenderly to all of them, and tell them for me, that I love every one of them and that I am coming to help them.” What does the word comfort mean? Allow children to define comfort. Remind them of the forms of comfort they discussed at the beginning. How do you think God comforts us? Allow children to share ideas. Remind them that God comforts us through the actions of others.

The story of Isaiah happens long before the time of Jesus. I want you to listen to what else Isaiah had to say, “I know God’s chosen one will come. And God will feed us all, like a shepherd. And hold us warm and tight, and keep us safe from harm, and show us how to live.” Doesn’t that sound comforting? Someone to feed us, hold us warm and tight, keep us safe from harm, and show us how to live. Who do you think Isaiah was talking about? Children will likely answer, Jesus! Can you think of anyone else that does that for you? Someone who feeds you, holds you warm and tight, keeps you safe, and shows you how to live? Help children to understand that there are people in their lives that do these things for them as well (parents, grandparents, sunday school teachers, etc). Jesus is our best example, but there are many people in your life that comfort you with the love of God. And do you want to know the best part? YOU can be a comfort too!


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Every Wednesday I share with you a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home. But for this lectionary year I wanted to offer you something more.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today!
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Cost: $0.99

Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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God’s Strong, Gentle Hands

This week begins a new Lectionary year and the beginning of the Advent season. We now enter Year B in the Revised Common Lectionary. We begin Year B in the book of Isaiah.

Isaiah 64:1-9 as it reads in the NRSV may be difficult for children to understand. This lesson will be based off Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible – Year B
(as will many of my lessons throughout this year).

Ask the children if they know what holiday is coming up. It won’t take long for them to answer “Christmas!” probably loudly and in unison. Ask if they know why people call this the busiest time of the year. Help the children realize that this time of year is filled with lots of holiday programs, gatherings with friends and family, cooking, baking, and lots of shopping! Tell the children that you are going to read them a story about a man named Isaiah. Read Isaiah 64:1-9 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible – Year B.

Ask the children what Isaiah was sad about. Help them remember that Isaiah was frustrated because people in the market were so busy buying and selling things and making plans that they forgot about God. They forgot to say thank you to God for all the blessings in their lives. Do you think that ever happens now? During the busiest time of the year? Have you ever gotten so excited about the programs, and gatherings, and food, and presents that you forgot about God? Tell the children that we ALL have times like that. But Isaiah’s story reminds us how important it is to say thank you to God for our blessings.

Isaiah was so upset that people were forgetting God that he wanted God to get angry with the people and punish them. But Rebekah helped him remember that God is kind and gentle. Isaiah thought about that until he calmed down and then he said that God is like a potter who makes pots out of clay. God holds us and shapes us with strong kind hands. Tell the children that clay is kind of like play-dough. Ask the children if they have ever made something out of play-dough? Pull out some play-dough to demonstrate with and begin to make a bowl. What if my hands are rough with this play-dough? Begin mashing the bowl you created. What happens? Allow children to answer. But Isaiah taught us that God holds us and shapes us with strong gentle hands. Use gentle hands to remake the bowl. God is always holding you and shaping you into a better person.

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Every Wednesday I share with you a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home. But for this lectionary year I wanted to offer you something more.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today!
Add to Cart
Cost: $0.99

Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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