Mary’s Pregnancy – Week of 3-12-17

This week, your children learned about Mary and the promise of a child. Mary had not been married (although betrothed) she had no physical way of becoming pregnant since she was still a virgin. Gabriel the angel had come to Mary and told her about her special pregnancy and the special child she was going to give birth to. Mary was scared, but chose to submit to God’s will and found happiness. All this is found in Luke 1:26-56).

This week we are going to have lessons that are based on some emotions that Mary went through. Lesson #3 will be harder concept for many kids to understand. You might need to make additional adaptations for #3.

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Day #1 – Luke 1:26-56 – Mary became Pregnant (excerpts from MSG below)
Q: Have you ever been afraid?
Q: When was the last time? What were you afraid of?
Q: Would you be scared if you saw an angel?

We are going to read about Mary. Mary was Jesus’ mother. Mary got to talk to an angel before Jesus was born. She was scared at first.

Read: God sent the angel Gabriel to… a virgin engaged to be married… [her] name [was] Mary… Gabriel greeted her: “Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out!” [Mary] was… shaken… But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear.”
Q: Was the angel mean or nice?
Q: Did the angel Gabriel want Mary to be scared?
 
Read: God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.
[Your son] will be great… The Lord God will give him the throne [and] he will rule… forever.”
Q: What did the angel promise to Mary? (she would have a son, he would be a king)
 
Read: Mary said to the angel, “But how…”  
The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come upon you…Therefore, the child you bring to birth will be called Holy, Son of God… Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Yes, I see it all now: I’m… ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say.”
Q: How did Mary feel after she found out she was going to have a baby? Was she scared, confused, happy?
Q: When Mary was scared and confused, what did she do? (she asked questions, then trusted God) 
Q: What should we do when we are scared or confused? (ask questions and trust)
Q: Who can we go to ask questions? (God, parent, grandparent, teacher)
Q: Who can you trust to help give you good information? (God, parent, grandparent, teacher)

Pray: Dear God, Thank you for loving Mary. Thank you for picking her for a special job. Thank you for loving us, too. Help us learn to trust you with the answers you give us.

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Day #2 – Mark 4:35-41 – Dealing with Fear (excerpts from MSG below)
Q: Do you remember Mary? She was afraid when she first met the angel.
Q: What did Mary do when she was scared? (she trusted God)
Q: Do you think you would be scared if Jesus was right beside you and could hold your hand?
Q: Did you know that the disciples got scared one time while Jesus was right there with them?
 
Read: Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”
Q: What happened in this story? (encourage kids to tell the story in their words)
 
Discuss: Some disciples had been fishermen, but this was a horrible storm – one of the worst they had ever seen! They thought they were going to die in the storm because their ship was sinking. What were the disciples trying to do while they were scared? (wake up Jesus)
Q: Remember when you said you were scared of _________? The disciples were VERY scared!
 
Read: Awake now, [Jesus] told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?” They were in absolute awe… “[The] wind and sea at his beck and call!”
Q: What did the disciples do when they were scared? (they ran to Jesus for help)
Q: Was Jesus able to help them?
 
-Transition- OK, now I want you to think about how Mary felt when she first saw the angel.
 
Q: How did Mary feel? (scared)
Q: What did she do? (ran/prayed to God for help – just like the disciples)
Q: if Mary asked God for help, and the disciples asked Jesus for help, can we ask for help when we are scared, too?
 
Pray: Thank you God for answering prayer. You helped calm the storm, and helped Mary when she was afraid. Please help me when I am afraid, too.

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Day #3 – Genesis 11:1-9 – Dealing with Confusion (excerpts from MSG below)
See notes at the top of page #1 – this is a harder concept for many children.
 
Read: At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language…They said to one another… “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let’s make ourselves famous so we won’t be scattered here and there across the Earth.” God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built. God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next—they’ll stop at nothing! Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.” 
Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. That’s how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into “babble.” From there God scattered them all over the world.
 
Discuss: 
Q: When Mary was scared and confused, who did she submit/turn to? (God)
Q: When the disciples were scared and didn’t know what was going to happen, who did they ask for help? (Jesus)
Q: When we are scared or confused, can we ask God for help? (yes)
Q: Do you ever try to do things without God’s help?
 
The people in Genesis tried to do things without going to God for help. They thought they could do it right all by themselves.
Q: Have you ever made a mess while trying to do things all by yourself?
Q: If you had asked for help while you were ________, would there have been such a big mess?
Q: Did these people ask God for help? Did they try to listen to God? (no)
Q: Do you think that if these people were loving God they would want to build the tower? (no)
Q: So, why were they building a tower? (they wanted power and control)
Q: Did Mary want to take power and control for herself? (no)
Q: Did the disciples want to take power and control away from God? (no)
 
Sometimes, people don’t make wise/smart decisions because they want to do things without asking God if it is a good idea first. Sometimes when we do that, we make bad decisions.
Sometimes you do things without asking for permission. Sometimes you know it is wrong and you want to do it anyway. This is called sin. When you choose to sin, bad things usually happen. (break things, lose things, hurt people)
The people in Genesis knew it was a sin to try to be like God, but they wanted power and control anyway. God didn’t like that, so He stopped them.

What we should learn: We need to trust God to do the right things. We don’t need to try to take power or control away from Him. We need to follow God and His rules. The Bible says when we obey God, we are loving Him. (John 14:15, John 14:23, 1 John 2:3-5, 1 John 5:2-3, 1 John 4:19-20, 2 John 1:6, John 15:10-14, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, John 15:15-17, and more)

Pray: Dear God, I don’t want to sin against you. I don’t want to do things my way and mess things up. I want to learn to listen to you. I do love you, and I want to obey you.

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Day #4 – Luke 1:39-56 – Dealing with Excitement (excerpts from MSG below)

Discuss: When Drew’s family learned that they were moving to Mississippi for the first time, they were scared and confused. They didn’t know if they would like their new school, their new home, their new church, or if they would make any new friends. After they all prayed about it some, everyone started to listen to what God wanted. Once they did this, they started to get excited about the new possibilities and the move.
Mary (Jesus’ mother) was scared when she first met the angel. Then she was confused because she didn’t understand God’s plan. After she thought about it, she started to get excited about what God was going to do!
 
Read: “Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly.
And Mary said, I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God… I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!”
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.”
Q: When Mary got excited, where did she go? (her cousin’s = Elizabeth’s house)
Q: Why did she want to go to Elizabeth’s house? (they were both pregnant, and they wanted to be excited together)
Q: When the two mommies got together, what happened? (they both sang and shouted, and the baby in Elizabeth’s tummy jumped around)
Q: What do you like to do when you are excited?
Q: Is it fun to celebrate together?
Q: When we see God doing great things, do we need to celebrate?

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Day #5 – Review ideas with a project
OK, so I loved doing this as a kid, so I am bringing it back!
Make a thingy (I don’t know what it’s called) to review the events of Mary’s discovery that she would have a baby, and that He would become Jesus – our Savior.
 
  • Find a long strip of paper and draw a series of pictures.
  • Take a shoebox and cut out holes on both sides for paper towel rolls. Cut a “screen” in the top.
  • Place the rolls in the holes, and attach both ends of the paper to the rolls. Remember you will need some blank paper after the end of the pictures.
  • Decorate the front, and twist/turn the paper towel rolls to advance/rewind the pictures.
    • click HERE for a sample