Kids will enjoy this Christmas Sunday School Lesson: What Makes Jesus Happy—from Children’s Ministry Magazine. Find more great Sunday school lessons to help kids grow in their faith.
Christmas Sunday School Lesson: What Makes Jesus Happy
1. A Bird’s Eye View
- and markers.
Send children to tables with paper and markers. Then say: Pretend that you were a bird at Jesus’ birth. Draw what you would’ve seen.
After the drawings are complete, form a circle. Have kids explain their pictures.
Have a trio of children act out Jesus’ reaction to each of the following scenarios: a shepherd lovingly caring for his sheep, a shepherd ignoring a hungry sheep, and two children arguing.
- What things that Jesus sees make him happy? sad?
- How can we make Jesus happy? sad?
- How can you make Jesus happy today?
3. Sculpted Prayers
Say: Think of one thing you can do to make Jesus happy. Pretend that you’re doing that thing and we’ll close in prayer.
Once kids are in position, pray: When you see us, Jesus, help us do the things that make you happy. Amen.
Bring all the kids together to prepare the snack. Sing Christmas carols as the snack bakes. Then finish the snack and enjoy!
- Paper baking cups,
- shredded wheat biscuits,
- dried apricots cut in thin round circles,
- apples cut into thin wedges,
- canned biscuit dough, cinnamon,
- and brown sugar.
Place the apple wedge “body” and apricot “head” on a flattened biscuit with a dash of cinnamon and brown sugar. Wrap the biscuit dough around the apple wedge with part of the apricot showing like a baby’s head. Bake as directed on the biscuit can. Crumble part of the shredded wheat biscuit into a baking cup to represent the straw in the manger. Place the baked treat on the shredded wheat and serve.
Judy Williamson is a director of children’s ministries in Albuquerque, New Mexico.