Week 4 objective: to discover that the angel called God ‘Most High’ because there is no-one greater than him.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to play a game that involves putting things in order of size etc. before talking about God being greater than anybody or anything.
You will need: masking tape.
Stick a long strip of masking tape to the floor.
Tell the children that you would like them to line up along the strip of tape. Explain that, first, you would like them to line up in order of height starting with the shortest and ending with the tallest. Then ask the children to line up in order of shoe size starting with the largest shoe size and ending with the smallest. Finally, ask the children to line up in order of age starting with the youngest and ending with the oldest.
If you have time you could ask the children to line up in alphabetical order using either their first names or their surnames. If there are younger children in your group ask them to line up in order of hand size.
To make the activity more challenging ask the children to line up in height order and then order of shoe size without speaking to one another.
If you have less than three children in your group print the ‘What's on the shelf?’ activity sheet (see Printables). You will need scissors and a shop catalogue. Play a game working out what’s the most useful, biggest and least expensive thing on the shelf.
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 a large sheet of paper.
Talk about the game the children have just played. Talk about how it can be difficult to put things or people in order if they are similar.
Ask the children to imagine if all the people and all the animals in the world had to line up in order of strength. Who or what would be the strongest? Spend some time discussing the children’s answers. Explain that God is far, far, far stronger than anybody or anything. In fact God is more powerful, more truthful and more loving than anybody or anything.
Underline the phrase ‘Son of the Most High’. Tell the children that the angel was saying that Jesus would be called the Son of God. Write ‘God’ next to the phrase ‘Most High’.
But why did the angel describe God as ‘Most High’? Explain that God is greater than anything or anybody else; if everybody’s name was written down on a long list in order of greatness God’s name would be at the very, very top of the list, God’s name would be higher than anybody else’s name. The angel that spoke to Mary understood God’s greatness. He adored God so much that he described him in the best way he could: ‘the Most High’.
It is often really hard for us to understand how really, really great God is and how truly wonderful it is that he sent his Son to live with people. Let’s ask God to help us understand more and more about his greatness and the amazing truth about the gift of his Son this Christmas. Use the following prayer as a basis for your own:
Father God help us to understand more of your love and your greatness this Christmas. Amen.
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.