Truth: Prayer can lead us to acts of service during the
Make a manger from a wooden or cardboard box. Fill it with hay
or shredded paper.
On the first Sunday of Advent, gather kids around the empty
manger. Talk about what people do to get ready when a baby is about
to be born. Ask kids to bring a small baby gift each week until
Christmas. Suggest small items such as pacifiers, knit booties,
bibs, rattles, bottles, or cans of formula.
Let children lay their Christmas gifts in the manger each week.
Seeing familiar baby items will help kids grasp the reality of
Jesus' birth. Each week ask a different child to offer a prayer and
thank Jesus for coming to the earth as a baby. On the Sunday before
Christmas, pack all the baby items in a box, and have the kids wrap
and decorate it. Lead the children in a prayer for those who will
receive the gifts.
Take the box to a local shelter. If possible, have the children
go with you when you make the special Christmas delivery.
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