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1 The Patriarchs Long ago, God chose a people to be his own and to be a blessing to all nations. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob were the first leaders of God s people. God promised Abraham that he would make the descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky. Later would come figures like Moses and the great King David. Bible text Genesis 12:1-3: The Lord said to Abram, Leave your country, your people and your father s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you... and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

2 Prayer Activity 1: The Patriarchs 1. Think about how we as a church school can play our part in bringing God s blessing to all people. Think about ways we could be a blessing in our homes and communities. 2. Decorate your stars and on the back write a prayer for people and places in need, like children living in countries at war, refugees trying to find shelter in Europe, children who do not have enough to eat each day. 3. Light the candle and say a prayer together: God of Abraham and Sarah, and all the patriarchs of old, you are our Father too. Your love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of David. Help us in preparing to celebrate his birth to make our hearts ready for your Holy Spirit to make his home among us. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Light who is coming into the world. Amen.

3 The Prophets Over the centuries God sent prophets, his messengers, to call God s people when they ignored him, to come back to him. They promised the good news of God s great rescuer, The Messiah, to come. Bible text Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

4 Prayer Activity 2: The Prophets 1. The prophets had good news. Think about how we share good news. To share important things we need to speak clearly. 2. Sit in a circle and play a game of Chinese whispers. 3. Think about how we can share and listen to what God wants at school and in our families. 4. Decorate your card candles on the back write a prayer of thanksgiving for God s gifts. 5. Light the candle and say a prayer together: Lord Jesus, Light of the world, the prophets said you would bring peace and save your people in trouble. Give peace in our hearts at Christmastide and show all the world God's love. Amen.

5 John the Baptist John the Baptist was Jesus cousin. He went out into the wilderness by the River Jordan and taught the people how to be ready for Jesus when he came. He told everyone to be sorry for all the wrong things they thought and said and did and to turn back to God. John s task was to prepare the way for Jesus. Bible text Luke 3: 3-4: John went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet; As voice of one calling in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord.

6 Prayer Activity 3: John the Baptist 1. Each person, ask a friend to draw around your foot to make a path of footprints on a big card sheet. 2. When all the footprints are drawn colour them in together and on each footprint write a sorry prayer. 3. Think about things we can promise to try to do better in future. 4. Light the candle and say a prayer together: Lord Jesus, Light of the world, John told the people to prepare, for you were very near. As Christmas grows closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome you now. Amen.

7 Mary The angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her that she was to be the mother of a special son who would be called the Son of God. Mary was obedient and accepted the angel s message and sang a song of praise and worship to God. This is called the Magnificat. Bible text Luke 1:46: And Mary said, My soul glorified the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

8 Prayer Activity 4: Mary 1. Decorate your angel and on his wings write a prayer of worship. 2. Think about the places you like best to talk to Jesus in prayer. 3. Light the candle and say a prayer together: Lord Jesus, Light of the world, blessed is Gabriel who brought good news; blessed is Mary your mother and ours. Bless your Church preparing for Christmas; and bless us your children who long for your coming. Amen.

9 Prayer Station 5: Group worship 1. Gather together with the four Advent Candles. 2. Worship Group leaders will read each Bible text in turn 3. Sing Away in a Manger.,

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