Shepherds Tell the Good News

Age 5+: Read Luke 2: 8-20
Under 5: Read about the birth announcement to the shepherds from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

On the night that Jesus was born, there were shepherds nearby watching their sheep. Suddenly, an angel appeared to them and a bright light shone around them. The shepherds were scared! The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I bring good news! Today a Savior has been born. You will find him wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Then the night became bright as day as more angels filled the sky. They praised God and sang, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

The angels had been sent by God to tell the wonderful news about the birth of Jesus. After the angels left and went into heaven, the shepherds hurried off to find baby Jesus. They found Him lying in a manger. After the shepherds had seen Him, they told everyone. All who heard it were amazed. The shepherds gave glory and praise to God.

Discussion

Preschool questions:
Who appeared to the shepherds? Angels
What did the shepherds do after they saw Jesus? They told everyone the good news.

Elementary questions:
Why do you think the shepherds were afraid at first? They had never seen anything like that before.
What did the angel tell the shepherds? The angel told the shepherds not to be afraid, that a Savior has been born.
Do you think the shepherds went to see Jesus right away, or did they wait? They hurried right away.

Preteen Application:
Why was the birth of Christ "Good News?" God sent a Savior to save His people.
Why did God choose to announce the birth of Jesus to shepherds? Answers vary.

Memory verse: Luke 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (KJV)

Journal (Age 8+) Copy memory verse, write the "Good News", add any prayer requests.

Journal (Age 3+) Draw and color a picture of the shepherds. Copy the memory verse if able.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.

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