Week 1 objectives: to discover that this verse can be found in Luke's Gospel and that Luke listened to the different things people said about Jesus and then wrote them down clearly for others to read.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game that involves putting the pages of a story in order before talking about Luke ordering the accounts of Jesus' life.
You will need: a pencil, a ruler, scissors, a ring binder folder, a hole punch, ‘How to prepare the story book’ instructions (see Printables) and a children’s picture story book of about ten pages that you are happy to cut up. You can buy second hand children’s books cheaply from charity shops.
Before the session follow the instructions to prepare the story book.
During the session remove the pages from the folder and mix them up. Encourage the children to sit in a circle. Explain that the children need to try and put the pages in the right order by listening to the different parts of the story.
Divide the pages equally amongst the children; put any spare pages to one side. Ask one child to place their page in the middle of the circle. Read the words on both sides and show the pictures to the children. Ask a second child to place their page in the middle of the circle. Again, show the pictures and read the words. Ask the children if they think the second page should go before or after the first page in the story. Ask a third child to place their page in the middle of the circle. Again, show the pictures and read the words. Ask the children where they think the third page should go in relation to the first and second. If the children are beginning to identify the sequence of events in the story start to place the pages in the correct order. Repeat this until all the pages have been collated, including any spares you put to one side.
Hopefully the pages should be almost in the correct order. If necessary help the children to sort the final pages. Place the correctly ordered pages in the ring binder and flick through them to show the children the completed story.
Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper, marker pens and a Bible.
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or large sheet of paper.
Underline the word ‘Luke’ in the reference. Explain that this verse comes from the book of Luke in the New Testament part of the Bible. ‘Luke’ is one of four Gospels that tell the story of Jesus’ life. The books are named after the people who wrote them: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (quickly draw four smiley faces next to the verse and write the name ‘Luke’ under one of them).
People who have studied the Bible think that Luke probably didn't know Jesus but he talked to people who did. Luke said that he carefully investigated everything. Remind the children that during the game they worked out how the different parts of the story fitted together. Luke listened to all the different things people said about Jesus and then he joined them together and wrote them down clearly for others to read. Briefly explain that we don’t know if everything happened in the order Luke wrote it, but we know that Luke wrote Jesus’ story in a clear and ordered way (Luke 1:1-4).
Spend a little while talking about Luke’s Gospel. Explain that it is the longest. Some of the things that Luke tells us are not mentioned by Matthew, Mark or John. Ask the children why they think that might be.
Point to the verse as you explain that when Luke wrote this verse he was re-telling the Christmas story. The story of Jesus’ birth is told in two of the Gospels. Ask the children if they can guess the name of the other Gospel which tells the Christmas story. Older children might be able to check by looking at the first few chapters of each Gospel. Ask the children why hearing the Christmas story told by two different people might help us to understand more about what happened.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune 'The Farmer wants a wife'.
The Son of the Most High,
The Son of the Most High,
He will be great and he will be called,
The Son of the Most High.
When the children are familiar with the words, you could divide the group into two and try singing the song as a round. Older children may prefer to say the words to a simple beat rather than sing them.