A Special Announcement
By Dell Smith Klein
OBJECT: A big sign with the words, ANNOUNCEMENT on one side, and CHRISTMAS on the other.
(Enter carrying a sign that says, ANNOUNCEMENT facing the children. Lean or hang the sign so the children can see it as you speak.)
What is an announcement? (Give children time to answer.) Yes, it is an important message isn’t it? You might think of it like Mom or Dad announcing that dinner is ready. Or, the President making an announcement about something important on television. Sometimes we see a big billboard announcing a special product or a sign telling about a special sale.
(Turn the sign over to show CHRISTMAS.) Now, I have an announcement, “Christmas is coming!” (Again lean the sign so the children can see it as you speak.)
In our story from the Holy Bible an angel visited a little town in Nazareth to tell a young woman, “You will give birth to a son and call his name Jesus” (verse 31).
(Point to your sign showing CHRISTMAS.) The angel’s announcement and my announcement are important because they both have to do with Christmas. See the angel that visited Mary in Nazareth was announcing what would happen on the first Christmas. The angel also told Mary that she would be blessed and that the Lord was with her. He told Mary about her special baby who would be born on a special day.
That was very long ago and yet we continue to celebrate the special day that Mary’s baby was born––Christmas Day. Do you know the baby’s name? (Allow the children to respond.) Yes, Mary’s baby was named Jesus.
Mary’s baby was the son of God. He came to earth to show us how to live, to show us how to love other people and how to be kind to them.
This year when you go to the mall, or you see a Christmas tree, or open a present from someone, remember that long ago angel who announced to Mary that her baby would be very special and that he would be known forever as the Son of God.
PRAYER: God, thank you for sending an angel to announce to Mary that she would give birth to your son on that first Christmas day. We are thankful that you showed your love by sending Jesus to earth so that we can know more about you. Amen.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan