I was asked to give a talk to our toddlers recently. I get 5 or 10 minutes to share something of the real meaning of Christmas. Last time I focused on the kingship of Jesus. This time I looked at the way he brings us into a relationship with his Father. The theme that the group had been exploring over the last few weeks was angles and stars so I decided to do the story with helium balloons for the star and the angle and normal balloon for other people and props in the nativity. Here are my notes.
A long time ago people didn’t know God or at least they didn’t know how much he loved them. Some where even afraid of him because they had done things wrong and they knew God would be cross. They hid and felt alone in the big wide world. But God did love them and did something very special.
First he put something in the sky. You will have to help me here because my memory is not that good. Was it a big shiny sausage? (hold up long red balloon looking like a sausage!) Or a big shiny star?
It was a star! A star appeared in the sky. Who wants to have the star and who wants the sausage? Now the star was pointing to a special person.
Some wise men saw the star and followed it. Who wants to be wise men? There are your presents. There is something in them. If you blow them up you will find out what their presents were. I hope I have spelt them right!
Now, meanwhile, on a hill some Shepherd’s were watching over their sheep. Who wants to be a Shepherd…you’ll need some sheep.(give out white balloons with sheep faces and tails drawn on them).
Something appeared to them. Was it a banana or an angel? It was an angel. Who wants to have the angel and the banana? Oh and there is a brussel sprout here too! (green balloon with wavy lines drawn on it)
The angel told the wise men where a special person was.
So the wise men followed the star and the Shepherd’s followed the angle’s direction and they came to a stable. In that stable was Joseph and Mary.
Who wants to be Joseph? (I think he might have been a builder, so here is a saw). Who wants to be Marry? Now marry had the special person, a tinny baby called Jesus. (give Mary small balloon with baby face drawn on it).
Jesus was God’s son. God had sent his son into the world so that people could know God as their father their daddy. Their dad. Just like Jesus, God’s son knew God as his father.
And even today, because of what Jesus grew up and did people can come to know God as their loving heavenly father. No one needs to be afraid or alone any more. Here they are (throw out lots of smiley face balloon people).