Next Sunday will mark the Epiphany- the day we celebrate the time that the Wise Men reach the stable to visit Jesus. Here is a session you can use with a Junior church group of mixed ages to celebrate the occasion!
Story: Read the story of the wise men visiting Jesus from a children’s Bible. The Lion Storyteller Bible is a definite favourite!
Activity: Make a ‘star’ with a torch and black paper. Check out this link to see how it’s done. Switch the lights off and follow the star around the room!
What part of the story did you like best?
Which character did you like the best?
Which part of the story is about you?
What is it like to go on a long journey?
Have you ever searched for something?
What did it feel like when you found it?
What present would you give to a baby king?
Activity choices: Choose one or more of these and use the creation time to speak to the children about the story and anything that struck them during the talk time.
- Use Lego, recycling junk or play dough to make a gift for the baby or to recreate part of the story.
- Make a collection of ‘wise men’ by decorating paper towel rolls. In the carol ‘We Three Kings’ we sing about ‘three kings’, but in the Bible there is no number given so there could have been any number!
- Cut star shapes out of card and use them as stencils to paint, draw or chalk round
- Make Model Magic or clay stars and decorate them.
You will need: A large sheet of paper and lots of sticky stars
- People who are travelling a long way- that God will look after them
- People who are looking for something- that they find it
- People who want to find out more about Jesus.
When you say ‘amen’ to each prayer, get everyone to stick a star sticker on a big sheet of paper.