Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary (Christmas in July!)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Okay, I know it’s not Christmas time yet, but our church did just celebrate a “Christmas in July” week to draw attention to the Operation Christmas Child campaign and I thought I’d share a Christmas post in honor of the occasion as well.

Last Christmas, in Children’s Church, we learned about the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary (Luke 2).  We were using Tru Sunday School for our Children’s Church curriculum and loving it.

In our Children’s Church program, we gather the kids up either around the tables or on the floor on blankets for a brief lesson (5-10 minutes).

Children's Church Gather Up

After the main concept is introduced and the Scripture is read, kids are free to choose from one of the four activity stations around the room.

Here were the stations for the day:

Station #1: Mary Loved God with her Whole Heart

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary

For this activity, I had a few kids step just outside the door, adorn themselves with smocks and paint a GIANT heart.

Here’s what it looked like when they were done.

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Here’s what it looked like hanging on the wall.

Station #2: It All Leads to Jesus (Cup Stacking Game)

This is a kidmin twist on the classic cup stacking Minute to Win it Game. Inspired by this post over at Lifeway Kids, we made a pyramid of all the old Testament books and put “Jesus” on the top.  We talked about how everything in the Old Testament was either a picture of Jesus or getting ready for Jesus.  Then we raced to see who could stack them up the fastest.

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary

That’s a lot of stacking!

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary

Station #3: Angel Visits

Angel Gabriel Visits Mary

For this station, kids simply cut out an angel figure (I had a few precut for especially little hands) and then drew a background around him.

That’s it for now.

Merry Christmas…sort of. 

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