15 minute Story planner
This story is not in The Children's Bible in 365 Stories
For a printable version of today’s story see ‘A Christmas poem’ in this week’s Printables.
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the New Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The life of Jesus FlashCards' cards one to three
2. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
A map of Ireland
A poetry book
A plain piece of paper and an old fashioned pen
Cecil's poem (see Printables)
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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Introducing Cecil
You will need: A copy of the story (see Printables), a shawl and a bonnet if you have one.
Ask a helper to dress up as a Georgian/Victorian lady. Encourage the helper to sit in a chair in front of the children. Give the helper the printed copy of the story and explain that they are playing the part of Cecil in the story and will need to read the words in italics.
Either tell the story or ask an older child to read it aloud, but do not read the words in italics. As you tell the story make sure the children understand that you are referring to Cecil sitting in the chair.
You could tell this story as part of your nativity service. Encourage the children to dress up before the service. During the service tell the story using the idea above, then play ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ from a CD through a PA system while the children simply mime the nativity story. (This will need to be practised a few times before the service).
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God we thank you for the many people that have told and re-told the Christmas story, passing it down from generation to generation so that more and more people can hear the wonderful news of Jesus birth.
Father we think about Cecil Alexander who wrote this poem wanting to teach children about your great love. Father, thank you that today we can still hear the excitement and wonder in the words she wrote. Father God please help us, as we sing this and other carols to think again of your great love and how truly wonderful it is that you sent your Son to live among people. Amen.
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