w/c 09 December 2019
In this second assembly of our Advent series, children will learn that in preparing for Jesus’ coming at Christmas, they should find peace in their hearts and in their relationships.
‘“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” …Prepare a way for the Lord, make His paths straight.’ Matthew 3:1-12
Key Point / Learning Objective:
Children will understand that:
- It’s important to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ coming at Christmas.
- In order to find peace in our own hearts, we first need to make peace with others.
- Engage with the drama and answer questions.
- Participate in the time of reflection.
- PowerPoint Presentation.
- Appendix 1 – Gospel Reading.
- Appendix 2 – ‘Best Friends at Christmas’ (Part 2).
- Appendix 3 – Meditation text (optional).
- Prepare an Advent candle or if you don’t have access to one, just use the video on Slide 2.
- Ask one child to read Appendix 1 – Gospel Reading.
- Ask the selected children from last week to repeat their roles in Appendix 2 – ‘Best Friends at Christmas’ (Part 2).
- Traditional: Wait For The Lord by Jacques Berthier (Taize)
- Contemporary: Heart of God by Hillsong Young and Free
Marie Christine Ginty and Edith Kirkwood
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