What you need
Two sheets of paper and two writing utensils
What You Do
Tell your child that the two of you will be writing a plan for each other to carry out. Your child will write a plan for you, and you’ll write a plan for them. Then, you’ll attempt to accomplish each other’s plans, step by step.
You can write plans for any task that can be completed in your home. It can be something your child knows how to do, but you don’t know how to do (and vice versa). It can be a plan for making a specific snack or doing a specific chore. Whatever the plan is, each of you should write down each step exactly as it should be carried out.
When you’re finished writing, take turns following each other’s plans. Have some fun with it by following your child’s steps very literally. Monitor each other’s progress and make sure no one skips a step in the plan!
Talk about the Bible Story
o you like having set plans, loose plans, or no plans? (Ask your child to elaborate on their responses.)
(If your family has already made plans for Christmas celebrations, ask your child what parts of your plans they’re most looking forward to. If your plans aren’t set yet, ask your child what they’re hoping IS part of your family’s celebration.)
How was Jesus a part of God’s plan all along?
In our story today, who appeared to Mary? (The angel Gabriel)
What did the angel tell her? (That she would give birth to the Savior of the world)
How do you think Mary felt about the news that she would give birth to God’s Son? (Joyful, scared, probably overwhelmed)
Parent: Share a personal story about a time you had a plan, but God’s plan was different. Talk about how you handled it. Were you able to find joy in the midst of your circumstances? Were you able to feel God’s presence with you?