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S E S S I O N<br />

Journey to<br />

Bethlehem<br />

Opening<br />

Hail, Mary, full of grace,<br />

the Lord is with thee.<br />

Blessed art thou among women<br />

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, <strong>Jesus</strong>.<br />

Holy Mary, Mother of God,<br />

pray for us sinners,<br />

now and at the hour of our death.<br />

Amen.<br />

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God is <strong>With</strong> Us<br />

Adapted from Luke 2:4-7<br />

Joseph went to Bethlehem with Mary,<br />

his betrothed, who was with child. 1 While<br />

they were there, the time came for her to<br />

have her child, and she gave birth to her<br />

firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling<br />

clothes and laid him in a manger, 2 because<br />

there was no room for them in the inn.<br />

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GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

God is <strong>With</strong> Us<br />

As your teacher reads the Scripture again,<br />

answer the questions below together.<br />

1 Who is Mary’s<br />

2 Where did Mary<br />

baby?<br />

place <strong>Jesus</strong>?<br />

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Going to Bethlehem<br />

Mary and Joseph had struggles on their way to<br />

Bethlehem. They prayed to God that He would<br />

always be near them. They asked Him to help them<br />

on their way. When you need help, ask God to be<br />

with you too! Act out the story with your teacher.<br />

Mary and Joseph…<br />

... went up and down hills... ... crossed rivers...<br />

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GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

... ate food... ... prayed...<br />

... and walked in the cold.<br />

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When they arrived<br />

at Bethlehem, they<br />

looked for places<br />

that could take them<br />

in for the night...<br />

They knocked on<br />

doors, but there was<br />

no room for them<br />

Joseph found a<br />

stable for animals<br />

<strong>Jesus</strong> was born in a stable and<br />

placed in the manger for His crib.<br />

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GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

Emmanuel Prayer<br />

Listen as your parent reads aloud, and<br />

pray the prayer together.<br />

Mary said yes to God. Did you<br />

know that Joseph said yes<br />

too? An angel came to him in<br />

a dream and told him not to<br />

be afraid. We know that God<br />

is always with us, but we are<br />

reminded of this especially<br />

during the Christmas<br />

season. Why? Because of<br />

the name the angel gave<br />

to Joseph: Emmanuel.<br />

Emmanuel means “God is<br />

with us.”<br />

Pray: <strong>Jesus</strong>, Joseph had a<br />

dream where an angel told him to not<br />

be afraid and to give you the name, Emmanuel, God<br />

is with us. Help me to remember that you are always with me in my<br />

struggles and even when I don’t feel you close. I know that your<br />

birthday is coming soon, help me to see the gifts that you would<br />

like for me to give to you. I love you.<br />

Amen.<br />

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GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

Talk About It!<br />

What do you think <strong>Jesus</strong> might want for His birthday?<br />

<strong>Jesus</strong> is always with us, but His body is in heaven. So we have<br />

to give Him things by doing acts of love for others. Some ideas<br />

could be saying hello to an elderly person at church, drawing a<br />

picture for a neighbor, picking up toys without being asked, and<br />

making time to talk with God. What can you give <strong>Jesus</strong>?<br />

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ADVENT/LENT<br />

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The Parable of the<br />

Journey to Bethlehem<br />

Workers in the Vineyard<br />

Catechist Overview<br />

This lesson introduces the journey Mary and Joseph might have taken on their way to Bethlehem<br />

and the obstacles they must have faced before the birth of <strong>Jesus</strong>. We must be ready to face<br />

obstacles on our faith journey. We must make time to pray to ensure that we do not do<br />

this alone; knowing that God is always with us.<br />

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Journey to<br />

Bethlehem<br />

Opening<br />

S E S S I O N<br />

Hail, Mary, full of grace,<br />

the Lord is with thee.<br />

Blessed art thou among women<br />

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, <strong>Jesus</strong>.<br />

Holy Mary, Mother of God,<br />

pray for us sinners,<br />

now and at the hour of our death.<br />

Amen.<br />

Today you will act out Mary and<br />

Joseph’s journey using various<br />

physical/gross motor skill<br />

actions. Parents will then have<br />

the opportunity to help the<br />

students pray a nightly advent<br />

prayer to help them prepare for<br />

the coming of Christmas.<br />

Materials<br />

• Listen and Respond: God<br />

is <strong>With</strong> Us<br />

• Make It your Own: Going<br />

to Bethlehem<br />

• Bring it Home: Advent<br />

Prayer: Emmanuel<br />

• Catechist Resource:<br />

Advent Blessing and Prayer:<br />

Second Sunday of Advent<br />

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Session 7<br />

A. Begin by asking if anyone<br />

knows where <strong>Jesus</strong> was born. Wait<br />

for hands to be raised. Accept:<br />

Bethlehem. If no one knows the<br />

answer, answer for the class. Have<br />

them repeat the answer.<br />

B. Explain that Mary and Joseph<br />

did not live in Bethlehem, and then<br />

ask if anyone knows the story about<br />

how they traveled there. Explain<br />

that they traveled by walking/taking<br />

a donkey. They went because they<br />

needed to be counted (a census<br />

was issued by Roman Empire, which<br />

meant everyone had to go to the<br />

town where their family was from so<br />

the government would know how<br />

many people there were).<br />

C. Read the Gospel passage aloud<br />

to your students as they follow<br />

along on the Listen and Respond:<br />

God is <strong>With</strong> Us.<br />

God is <strong>With</strong> Us<br />

Adapted from Luke 2:4-7<br />

Joseph went to Bethlehem with Mary,<br />

his betrothed, who was with child. 1 While<br />

they were there, the time came for her to<br />

have her child, and she gave birth to her<br />

firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling<br />

clothes and laid him in a manger, 2 because<br />

there was no room for them in the inn.<br />

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GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

God is <strong>With</strong> Us<br />

Session 7<br />

As your teacher reads the Scripture again,<br />

answer the questions below together.<br />

1 Who is Mary’s<br />

2 Where did Mary<br />

baby?<br />

place <strong>Jesus</strong>?<br />

Read the passage aloud a second<br />

time, this time pausing where noted<br />

to check for understanding.<br />

1 <strong>Jesus</strong>.<br />

2 In a manger (which is a<br />

feeding trough for animals)<br />

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Session 7<br />

A. Let the class know<br />

you will sing “Away in a<br />

Manger.” If you do not know this<br />

song, listen and we’ll sing it another<br />

time. As you sing, make the<br />

motions indicated.<br />

Away in a manger<br />

No crib for a bed (arms holding<br />

baby)<br />

The little Lord <strong>Jesus</strong><br />

Lay down His sweet head (lay<br />

head down on hands to side)<br />

The stars in the sky (put hands<br />

in sky and move fingers like twinkling<br />

stars)<br />

Look down where He lay (move<br />

hands down)<br />

The little Lord <strong>Jesus</strong><br />

Asleep on the hay (lay head<br />

down on hands to side)<br />

Going to Bethlehem<br />

Mary and Joseph had struggles on their way to<br />

Bethlehem. They prayed to God that He would<br />

always be near them. They asked Him to help them<br />

on their way. When you need help, ask God to be<br />

with you too! Act out the story with your teacher.<br />

Mary and Joseph…<br />

... went up and down hills... ... crossed rivers...<br />

B. After singing the song two or<br />

three times, tell the students: We<br />

are going to tell the story of Mary<br />

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and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem with our words and actions. There were lots of obstacles or things that slowed<br />

their journey, but they prayed and asked God to be with them.<br />

C. Let the class know you will read the story on Make It Your Own: Going to Bethlehem. Read through it once<br />

while the students look at the pictures.<br />

Then show them the actions listed below. You will reread the story, and we can remember the actions together.<br />

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GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

Session 7<br />

... ate food... ... prayed...<br />

... and walked in the cold.<br />

Mary and Joseph….<br />

• Traveled up and down the<br />

hills (March arms and move legs<br />

like climbing and then going down<br />

hills.)<br />

• Crossed rivers (Move arms<br />

like breaststroke.)<br />

• Ate food (Put hands to mouth<br />

like eating.)<br />

• Prayed (Press hands together<br />

in prayer.)<br />

• Walked through cold<br />

temperatures (Cross arms around<br />

body and shiver.)<br />

Activity Continues<br />

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Session 7<br />

• When they arrived at<br />

Bethlehem, they looked<br />

for places that could take<br />

them in for the night. (Put<br />

hands over eyes like you’re<br />

looking far away.)<br />

• They knocked doors (Make<br />

a fist and pretend to knock<br />

on a door.)<br />

But there was no room for them.<br />

Baby <strong>Jesus</strong> was ready to be<br />

born, Joseph had to find a place<br />

for Mary to give birth.<br />

• Joseph found a stable for<br />

animals (Pet the animals.)<br />

• <strong>Jesus</strong> was born in a stable<br />

and placed in the manger<br />

for His crib. (Motion gently<br />

putting a baby in a crib.)<br />

(Variation: You could assign<br />

a different action to groups in<br />

the class to make it easier to<br />

remember)<br />

When they arrived<br />

at Bethlehem, they<br />

looked for places<br />

that could take them<br />

in for the night...<br />

Joseph found a<br />

stable for animals<br />

D. Explain that Mary and Joseph<br />

had a long and hard journey. It was<br />

important to keep God close to them in this journey so they could have Him near them.<br />

They knocked on<br />

doors, but there was<br />

no room for them<br />

<strong>Jesus</strong> was born in a stable and<br />

placed in the manger for His crib.<br />

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Heart of the Lesson: Connect this session’s activity to the season of Advent and growing closer to<br />

<strong>Jesus</strong>. Sometimes our plans in our life do not always work out they way we think they will. For example:<br />

maybe a friend cannot come to our house to play, or you could not go to a friend’s birthday party. God<br />

gives us obstacles in our lives to keep us close to Him, to pray to Him and ask for His help. This isn’t a<br />

sign that God is unhappy with us, but that He loves us. This Advent season, God wants us to grow even<br />

closer to Him, let’s allow God to be with us and pray to Him when we have struggles in our life.<br />

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GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

Session 7<br />

GRADE K, SESSION 7<br />

Emmanuel Prayer<br />

Listen as your parent reads aloud, and<br />

pray the prayer together.<br />

Mary said yes to God. Did you<br />

know that Joseph said yes<br />

too? An angel came to him in<br />

a dream and told him not to<br />

be afraid. We know that God<br />

is always with us, but we are<br />

reminded of this especially<br />

during the Christmas<br />

season. Why? Because of<br />

the name the angel gave<br />

to Joseph: Emmanuel.<br />

Emmanuel means “God is<br />

with us.”<br />

Pray: <strong>Jesus</strong>, Joseph had a<br />

dream where an angel told him to not<br />

be afraid and to give you the name, Emmanuel, God<br />

is with us. Help me to remember that you are always with me in my<br />

struggles and even when I don’t feel you close. I know that your<br />

birthday is coming soon, help me to see the gifts that you would<br />

like for me to give to you. I love you.<br />

Amen.<br />

© Sophia Institute for Teachers<br />

Talk About It!<br />

What do you think <strong>Jesus</strong> might want for His birthday?<br />

<strong>Jesus</strong> is always with us, but His body is in heaven. So we have<br />

to give Him things by doing acts of love for others. Some ideas<br />

could be saying hello to an elderly person at church, drawing a<br />

picture for a neighbor, picking up toys without being asked, and<br />

making time to talk with God. What can you give <strong>Jesus</strong>?<br />

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A. If possible, invite the parents to pick up their<br />

children in your classroom. Before you close the session,<br />

begin a discussion with your students. Ask for a<br />

volunteer student to retell the scripture passage. Ask<br />

another volunteer to explain what they learned from<br />

the action story activity. Call on a final volunteer to<br />

share an example from Going to Bethlehem.<br />

B. Explain to your students the take-home activity.<br />

They may recall from last session that Mary said yes<br />

to God. Joseph did too! And Joseph always asked<br />

God to be near to him as he made the difficult<br />

journey to Bethlehem with Mary. In order to invite<br />

God to be near us in our struggles, we should pray to<br />

Him every day. Parents and students should pray the<br />

Emmanuel Prayer daily, and think of what <strong>Jesus</strong><br />

would want for His birthday. Also, remind everyone<br />

to color the second candle on their coloring page<br />

from last week.<br />

C. Distribute copies of Catechist<br />

Resource: Advent Blessing and Prayer:<br />

Second Sunday of Advent and prepare to<br />

light your Advent wreath. Turn off lights and/or pull<br />

down shades so it is dark. Have your students and<br />

their parents gather around you while you prepare<br />

to light the second candle on the Advent wreath.<br />

You could ask one of the parents present to be the<br />

leader, or you can serve as the leader. Pray together<br />

the blessing on the page.<br />

D. Close by singing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,<br />

or offer a prayer for the students and their families.<br />

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