‘But the Lord will still show you this sign: The young woman is pregnant and will give birth to a son. She will name him Immanuel.’ Isaiah 7:14

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Week 4 objectives: to think about how the names given to Jesus describe what he is like and to begin to think about what we can do to discover more and more about Jesus.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to use descriptive words to describe an object or a thing before talking about the titles that describe Jesus’ character.
You will need: the descriptions check list (see Printables), a shopping catalogue, scissors, newspaper, glue and a fabric bag or Christmas stocking.

Before the session cut out eight or nine items from the catalogue. Try and pick objects that would interest the children. Stick newspaper to the back of the cut-out items so that it is not possible to ‘see through’ the catalogue paper. Place the cut-out items in the bag or stocking.

During the session divide your group into two teams. Pick a picture from the fabric bag and think of five sentences that describe the object. Use the descriptions checklist to give you ideas – you may want to prepare your descriptions in advance.

Explain that the children need to try and guess what the object is from your descriptions. One at a time, tell the children the descriptions you have prepared. Allow the children to discuss what they think the object might be before nominating a spokesperson to make their suggestion. Wait until both teams have a suggestion before asking them to share it. If after one description, the children guess the object correctly award their team five points, if they guess after two descriptions award four points etc. The first team to guess the object correctly is the winning team. If after all five descriptions the children still don’t know the answer, tell them what the object is.

Play the game again, this time giving the descriptions for a second object or allow the children to have a go at describing one of the objects. Give the children plenty of time to prepare their descriptions. First allow both teams to pick an object from the fabric bag. Give each team a check list and encourage them to think of five descriptions. Each description should make it easier to guess what their object is. Choose which team will go first. This team should give their descriptions one at a time to the other team.

Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, and the ‘titles of Jesus’ textboxes (see Printables).

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Print and cut out the ‘titles of Jesus’.

Remind the children that over the last few weeks we’ve started to learn more about Jesus’ birth as we’ve looked at this verse. Underline the reference. Remind the children that over the last few weeks we have learnt that many times Isaiah spoke about the Messiah . Draw the letter ‘M’ next to the verse. The Messiah was the special person God had promised to send to his people. Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah; they believe Isaiah was talking about Jesus’ birth. Write the name ‘Jesus’next to the verse.

Underline the sentence ‘The young woman is pregnant and will give birth to a son’. Remind the children that in this verse Isaiah is talking about Jesus’ mother, Mary.

Remind the children that this verse tells us that Jesus had another name. Underline the word ‘Immanuel’. Explain that ‘Immanuel’ is like a title for Jesus rather than a name. ‘Immanuel’ describes who Jesus is. Quickly draw a line between the ‘u’ and the ‘e’ in the word ‘Immanuel’ separating ‘Immanu’ and ‘el’. Remind the children that ‘el’ means God and ‘immanu’ means ‘with us’. The word ‘Immanuel’ means ‘God with us’. Jesus was called Immanuel because God came to be with mankind when Jesus came to earth. Another way of saying this is: when Jesus came to live with people God lived with people too. This is because Jesus is God, he is God the Son.

Explain that the Bible gives Jesus other titles too. Jesus’ titles include Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, The Good Shepherd and many, many more. Stick the ‘titles of Jesus’ alongside the verse. Explain that some of these titles were used by the prophets in Old Testament times while others were used by Jesus himself. Each one tells us something about who Jesus is and what he is like; the titles describe Jesus’ character. Explain that when Jesus was a tiny baby there was so much people did not yet know about him. The titles used by the Old Testament prophets helped people to understand what he would be like and what he had come to do. Today, Jesus’ titles still help us to know him; they help us to know what Jesus is like and what he came to do for us.

One way we can learn more and more about Jesus is to take a look at some of the titles given to Jesus, and spend time thinking about them. Over the next few weeks we will hear many, many stories about the wonderful things Jesus did when he lived among people. People that study the Bible have discovered that over and over again Jesus’ titles perfectly describe what he is like.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’, traditional version

The Lord will show this sign to you,
A woman will have a Son,
She’ll name the Son Immanuel,
For God is with us now.

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