1- Down load the family chart HERE which is editable/fill-in so you can keep track of which family member has participated how and when. It’s a great way to keep track of assignments during family time and family home evening
2- Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson so everyone can feel needed and successful.
3- Print of any pictures, coloring pages, etc., that you will be using during the lesson.
4- Here’s a big secret I’ve used with raising 5 kids and having Family Home Evenings. Of course a treat is NOT necessary, but it IS a great help. My biggest trick…ssshhhh…. keep a hidden purchased bag of candy or cookies that everyone likes as a backup, just in case there isn’t time to make a dessert. I know it isn’t necessary to have something, but it’s easy to use it as an excuse for some reason sometimes. Having a treat, some fruit, something everyone likes, goes a long way in getting everyone together 🙂
5- Most important! Remember that not everyone is going to be cooperative and supportive all of the time. But keep at it. This is one of the most valuable and long-lasting ways you can spend your time with your family. Let discussions and conversations flow naturally. It will bring a spirit of cooperation, love and long lasting relationships like nothing else can.
The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth
1- Begin with a SONG: (you can sing along with just the music or the music and voices, as you click on the tabs provided)
The Nativity Song Children’s’ SongBook Click on the song title and choose music, or music and vocal
2- Opening PRAYER: Take turns, or whoever is most comfortable saying a prayer
3- Ask this QUESTION:
1- Why do we need a Savior, or Jesus Christ?
2- Why was it important that He was born and came to earth anyway?
4- Watch this video
4 – SCRIPTURES: Luke 2:1-7 King James Version
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
5- Show this Video:
Mary taught her son Jesus to pray as parents do. She knew he, and all her children had much to accomplish here on earth. Of course our Savior had the greatest mission of ALL. We must try every day to follow Him and be like Him.
“(Mary)…kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19)
Jesus learned to work alongside Joseph to be a carpenter (Mark 6:3)
Jesus learned and studied many subjects including the scriptures. He understood them so well, that he taught the most knowledgeable men gathering in the temple as they did in the day to discuss and learn the scriptures.
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among theirkinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
Luke 2: 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature (took care of his body, and in favour with God and man.
Notice this verse includes: spiritual, physical, mental and emotional
Jesus took on His mission of teaching of His Father, God, Heavenly Father – who is the same for us, living a perfect life and being the example in all ways; so that we can go back to live with Him and our Father again.
Because He chose to be selfless, overcome the temptations of the world and loves us, He atoned for our sins, died and was resurrected and lives. He gives us the opportunity to repent, change and be like Him more every day because of His GREAT LOVE for every single one of us – You and me. He knows each person by name, individually. All He asks is that we follow His example and do the very best we can.
1- I have given you an example, John 13:15.
2- I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6.
Discuss the two scriptures and these two statements:
Through Jesus’ Atonement and Resurrection, those who repent of their sins and obey God’s commandments can live eternally with Jesus and the Father
Jesus Christ is the greatest being to be born on this earth. His life is the perfect example of how all mankind should live.
8- Closing – Listening to one, or both of these songs, is a wonderful way to end this lesson.
8- Closing PRAYER
9- Treat of choice
10 – I hope you will visit the 25 Ways, 25 Days #LightTheWorld 2017 and consider participating in the #LightTheWorld with me and all of us at A Mother’s Shadow. Even if it’s already begun, that’s OK! Jump in, or catch up. It’s a wonderful experience that will change your family forever.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017
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