All Age: Christmas Gifts Talk

This is a talk that can be easily used in an assembly or for an all age service and focuses on the idea of Jesus being an unexpected gift.

You will need: 4 items to wrap as gifts.  One should be really easy to guess (e.g. a book), a couple should be quite difficult to guess (I used sunglasses and a duck shaped door stop!) and one should be an ordinary looking, quite boring container with chocolate coins hidden inside.

Ask the congregation what their favourite thing about Christmas is.  Gifts are bound to come up! Talk about why we give gifts- to show people that we love them and care for them.  Ask everyone to try and guess what is wrapped up in your gifts.  Start with the easy to guess gift, proceed onto the harder to guess gifts and end with the box containing chocolate coins.  Each time, after guesses have been made, reveal what the gift is.

Explain that sometimes we know immediately what we’ve been given but sometimes it’s harder to work it out and we even get gifts that aren’t what they first seem on the outside.  Talk about the fact that Jesus is Immanuel ‘God with us’.  God came down as a baby, the first Christmas gift,  but like the container with chocolate in it, he wasn’t what we expected!  On first sight he would have been just an ordinary human baby, but actually he was a treasure worth more than we can imagine.  He was a gift that meant we could be brought closer to God and, through him, God could show how much He loves us.   Share out the chocolate and as you eat it, pray that we will all come to see How much God loves us this Christmas.

Plastic Cup Nativity Figures

This is a great way to help children to explore the characters of the Nativity story and is a fascinating window into what they think!

Tell the Nativity story and then let the children reflect their observations. What do you think the various characters were thinking and feeling at different times in the story?  You might want to collect some descriptive words.

Next ask them to make their own versions of the Nativity characters and be prepared to be fascinated!

You will need: Plastic or paper cups, paper, pens, sellotape, glue, rubber bands, pipe-cleaners, scissors

Here are some examples of what children have come up with! I especially like the Mary with Jesus glued on!

Advent Angel Game

Each child has their own copy of the angel sheet.  Children need to take turns to roll a dice and colour in the number they throw.  The first child to colour in the whole angel is the winner!  Each of the dice numbers appears a different number of times so, for example, there are more 6s than 2s so there is bound to be a winner at some point!

Click here for a printable pdf version.

Advent Playdough Mat

Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. To fit with this, here is a play dough mat based around the idea of ‘journeying’ (reflecting the journey that Mary and Joseph went on to Bethlehem).  Print out the mat, laminate it for repeated use and get creative!

Click here to print out the mat.