This lesson was written for the Christmas program
of December 1996. It was designed to emphasize the real meaning of
Christmas is often a hectic, crazy time of year. We all find
ourselves caught up in a flurry of activity. The shopping, baking and
preparing. Somehow we miss the reality of the Christmas season. In our
churches we are often guilty of this too. We have to decorate the
sanctuary, practice for the pageant or the choir cantata. Where is Jesus
in all of this?
It is the same for our kids. They probably wonder how Jesus' birthday
fits into all of this. The Three Cool Kings program will emphasize the
search for the baby Jesus by the Magi. The games and activities will
help stress the point. The children will learn the true meaning of
Christmas. They will be given an opportunity to repent and give their
lives to Jesus.
This program was designed to be used indoors. It
requires a TV and VCR. It involves games and activities that can be done
in very limited space.
We have chosen to use only a simple manger scene
and a star. In order to stress that Jesus is "the reason for the
season", we have decided not to use any traditional Christmas
decorations such as Santa or Christmas Trees.
- to teach the children why we celebrate
- to give the children an opportunity to repent
and have Jesus as part of their lives.
- to teach that Jesus loves them.
During this time in our program we usually provide
a video. This occupies the children while they wait for the others to
arrive. A Christmas selection would be appropriate for this season.
If you have promoted this lesson as a Christmas
lesson expect some chaos. We have discovered that when the words
Christmas or Party are related to our program, the crowd comes expecting
something. Even though your kids probably already know the rules, it is
important to set guidelines especially when they arrive already "pumped"
Commit your time to the Lord in prayer. Christmas
is a season that can be difficult for many families and financial strain
is not uncommon. Make sure that people in your church or ministry are
praying for your kids, particularly over the holidays.
Christmas is the theme. Kids love to sing familiar
Christmas Carols. Try to select a few that focus on Jesus but have fun
too. You might consider printing out the words so that the kids will be
able to sing along. "We, Three Kings" would be ideal.
Since we are looking at the real meaning of
Christmas, all of our activities relate. Our focus is on the Magi who
searched the heavens for a sign of the messiah. The game that is
included in this lesson is called "Zoo Star Search". A grid with letters
and numbers is constructed on a piece of Bristol board,
. Inside the squares messages are written in invisible
. One of the squares contains a "star", that is what
we are looking for. The contestant that uncovers the star wins.
In order to make this game happen you will need one piece of Bristol
board; two pieces of colored construction paper; and "Magic Eraser Pens"
or "Ghost Writer". (These products are simply clear markers that you can
write with but they don't show up. You need to use other markers or
developers in order for the writing to appear. Magic Eraser is a
trademark of Roberta's Inc. Shelbyville, In. 46176. The Ghost Writer is
put out by Sanford. If these products are not available the game could
simply have papers covering each square. As the papers were removed the
messages or the star could be revealed.)
- Draw the grid and fill in squares (use any
messages that you feel are appropriate)
- Use construction paper to make up coordinates
that each contestant could select from a bag.
The length of the game can be altered by changing the number of
coordinates available. Have Fun!
This memory verse can be done with or without
puppet interaction. During our program we have selected to do without
the puppet but if you wanted to incorporate one you could. A puppet
could hold up the clues required to fill in the blanks in the verse.
This may seem like a strange verse to use for a Christmas program but if
you look a little closer it will become obvious.
The verse selected is Deuteronomy 4:29b, "If you search for
him with all of your heart you will find him." (Good News
In the program we are dealing with the "Three Wise Men" and their
search for Jesus. This verse deals with the search for God. In chapter 4
of Deuteronomy Moses is speaking prophetically about the ruin of Israel.
He talks about their idolatrous ways. In verses 29-31 "the true nature
of repentance is indicated. It is not merely sorrow for past sins and
their consequences but it is seeking God with all the heart and
obedience to his voice. Such repentance procures divine mercy. For God
does not forget his part of the covenant but people forget theirs."
(Dummelow Rev J.R. ed. "A Commentary on the Holy Bible" New York:
The God of the Old Testament is the God of today, so we will stress
to the children that they can find God if they repent. God is faithful
and will hold up his end of the bargain. He knows your heart and if you
truly repent you will find him.
memory verse was presented to the children with blanks on it.
If you _ _ _ _ _ _ for him _ _ _ _ all of _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ you will
_ _ _ _ him. Deuteronomy 4:29.
The children are to fill in the blanks. They will do so through the
use of clues which correspond to each blank:
If a child is lost the police will try to find him/her. They will
_________ for him.
I like to eat my sandwich __________ peanut butter and jam on it.
After school you invite a friend over to ______ house.
It pumps blood through you body.
You lost your lunch money so you ask your friend to help you ________
Once the children solve the clues, they must locate the word in a
"word search" and then fill in the blank on the memory verse. The
word search was simply made up to contain the required words.
Since some of the children we work with have difficulty
with reading and spelling this game is very practical.
For this part of the program a video was shown. It
was called "A King is Born". It is one in the series of videos put out
by "Nest Entertainment".
This story was written to put the "Three Wise Men"
into modern terms. They were searching for Jesus and so are the
characters in the story.
Joshua, Alex, and Franklin.... Together, they were the best players
on the city's basketball team called "The Kings". Joshua led the team in
scoring. Alex was the top rebounder and Franklin held the league record
in assists and steals. So far "The Kings" had defeated every team. They
practiced hard and long, all the hours were paying off.
One evening practise ended earlier than usual. Joshua, Alex and
Franklin decided to take the long way home. They walked through the
school yard. It was cold and clear. The moonlight made it easy to see
where they were going. Most of the way Josh and Franklin talked about
foul shots they had missed and great jump shots they had taken. Alex was
quiet. He kept looking around. He looked at all of the stars.
Finally, Franklin elbowed Alex. "Why are you so quiet?", he asked.
Alex explained that he had been thinking about the story of when Jesus
was born. He was thinking about the great star that the shepherds and
the wise men saw.
Joshua joined in, "Hey guys, aren't those wise men sometimes called
"Yes", said Alex.
"Just like us, three kings", Josh said.
"Wait a minute, not just any kings", said Franklin. "Three Cool Kings,
that's us, said Alex, weren't those kings in the story looking for
Joshua began to laugh. "It's not like we are going to run into a
manger in our neighbourhood." Franklin responded... "We may not find the
baby Jesus lying in a manger but I bet we can find Jesus in our
neighbourhood. The others said o.k. The "Three Cool Kings" decided to
meet at the corner store at 9:00 a.m. to begin their search.
At 9:00 on Saturday, the guys met at the store. Each one had lots of
ideas about where they could find Jesus. Franklin thought they should go
to the mall. The mall is always full of Christmas stuff this time of
year he explained. So the Three Cool Kings set off for the mall. They
looked everywhere. Nothing. Franklin was pretty disappointed, Christmas
at the mall has nothing to do with Jesus.
Alex had another idea. He remembered that there was a manger scene
set up in the town square. The Three Cool Kings made their way through
the crowd. The people were all really busy. They were bustling around.
There was no sign of Jesus there. They didn't know what to do next.
Finally, Joshua suggested that they go to see Mrs Smith. She always
told them about Jesus. The Three Cool Kings knocked on the door. Mrs.
Smith invited them in for cookies and hot chocolate and they explained
what they were up to. Mrs. Smith smiled and began to explain. You know
boys, you are pretty smart. You have learned an important lesson today.
Jesus is who we need to find but at Christmas people get caught up in so
many other things that they forget. He is why we have Christmas in the
first place. Jesus is in your neighbourhood. You might not see him but
he is here. If you pray and ask him to forgive you for your sins, he
will come and be in your life. You will find Jesus in your heart and in
other Christian's hearts. You can find him inside and outside of the
Copyright 1996, Bread of Life Ministries