Getting Ready to Worship
Introduction to the Unit
Getting Ready for Bible Storytelling
Saying Sorry to God
Saying Sorry Action
God Gives us a New Start
Prayers for Other People
Thank You God
Sharing God's Peace
Taking God's Love
Into the World
Getting Ready for Baby Jesus
➜ Book 1, pp.129-166.
The Getting Ready for Baby Jesus unit gives your group the opportunity to prepare for the arrival of Baby Jesus, the Light of the World, who will shine in the darkness, like the Christmas lights that shine around us at this time of year.
The four stories from this unit all come from Luke’s Gospel. We made a conscious decision to keep them together (including the less familiar story of Zechariah) to respect Luke’s careful choice of birth narratives, which show God coming to – and working through – all kinds of different people in all kinds of different places:
Week 1: an old respected man in the Temple
Week 2: a young, disgraced woman at home
Week 3: two unborn babies on a journey
Week 4: the despised ‘outsider’ shepherds in the fields
Through the stories and supporting material of this unit, the children are encouraged to make sense of and take part in the celebratory mood of this time of year, but also to find space in the busyness to remember and spend time with the tiny baby, the Light of the World, at the centre of it all.
Note: The story of the Magi (or three kings/Wise Men) from Matthew’s Gospel features in the Jesus, Light of the World! (Epiphany) unit in Book 2. Some groups may prefer to use stories from this unit during the Advent/Christmas season.
Build your own Diddy Disciples session
Click on the Building Blocks on the left to explore the worship material and build your own Diddy Disciples session.
See Book 1, p.6 for a short introduction to how to build a session.
See Book 1, p.217 for a step-by-step guide to each Building Block.
See Diddy Disciples Book 1 for the four stories from this unit.
Week 1: Get Ready! (Baby John’s story, Luke 1.5–25, 57–79) p.191
Week 2: ‘Yes!’ Said Mary (Luke 1.26–38) p.195
Week 3: My God is a Topsy Turvy God! (Luke 1.39–55) p.198
Week 4: Gloria! Gloria! (The Shepherds’ Story, Luke 2.8–16a) p.203
Creative Response Starter Ideas
See Diddy Disciples Book 1 from p.208 for a wide range of Creative Response Starter Ideas.