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Getting Ready to Worship

Introduction to the Unit

Gathering Song

Getting Ready for Bible Storytelling

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Storytelling

Saying Sorry to God

Saying Sorry Action

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Thank You God

Creative Response

Sharing God's Peace

Taking God's Love

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Gathering Song

➜ Guide, p.219

In week 1, skip the Gathering Song, including the introduction, and move straight into the storytelling, which will introduce the Gathering Song for the rest of Advent.
  
Gathering Song: Option 1
‘Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!’ Words © Sharon Moughtin-Mumby
Tune: ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor?’ (traditional). 
 
Baby Jesus is the Light of the World!
Let’s close our eyes and feel the dark . . .
We’re waiting for Baby Jesus, the Light of the World,
to shine in the darkness!
Let’s open our eyes again.
You might like to show the children a picture of the sun rising, if you used one in the storytelling for week 1.
Like we wait for the sun to ‘dawn’,
to come up, in the morning.
If you’re using imaginative aids, ask two or three children to give them out.
Let’s show the sun ‘dawning’ with our bodies.
Let’s crouch down low . . .
Let’s close our eyes . . . it’s dark!
Let’s show the sun coming up and up and out . . .
in the morning.
Lead the children in showing the sun rising with your hands as you stand up.
The sun is ‘dawning’!
Now let’s do that as we sing our song,
‘Jesus, Light of the World’.
If you’re singing this song for the first time with your group, you may find the following introduction helpful.
We have a new song about ‘Jesus, Light of the World’.
Let’s learn it ‘my turn’ both hands to self, ‘your turn’ hands out to group
Sing the words with the tune to the group.
Je-sus, Light of the World,
Je-sus, Light of the World
Je-sus, Light of the World is 
dawning in the darkness!
Let’s sing that all together and add our actions.
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, is Sun dawning action
dawning in the darkness! Sun dawning action
Don’t worry about teaching the ‘Busy, busy, busy’ words. These are very repetitive, so that the children will pick them up as they go, and the tune is the same as the ‘Jesus, Light of the World’ refrain.
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, is Sun dawning action
dawning in the darkness! Sun dawning action
Getting ready for Christmas can be very busy!
What have we been doing to get ready for Christmas?
Either invite the children to make suggestions, or choose from the suggestions below. For each activity sing the ‘Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!’ verse with an appropriate action designed by the children, followed by the ‘Jesus, Light of the World’ refrain:
  • hanging lights on the Christmas tree . . . (we use lights at Christmas to remember Jesus is the Light of the World!)
  • opening our Advent calendars
  • writing Christmas cards
  • cleaning our home
  • baking and cooking
  • wrapping presents
  • dancing at parties.
Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!
Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!
Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!
The Light of the World is dawning! Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, is Sun dawning action
dawning in the darkness! Sun dawning action
Getting ready for Christmas can be very busy!
You might see your parents or carers at home running around
and getting very busy!
If appropriate: Or your teachers at school getting stressed
about the Christmas/Nativity play!
Let’s all look busy and stressed like the adults!
Lead children in waving imaginative aids or arms around madly and running on the spot.
Let’s sing ‘Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas’ again.
Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!
Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!
Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!
The Light of the World is dawning!
 
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, is Sun dawning action
dawning in the darkness! Sun dawning action
My goodness, that was busy!
Who’s feeling tired?
When we’re getting ready for Christmas
it can get really busy and really exciting!
Who’s excited about Christmas?
In all the busyness,
let’s remember to also have time for some quiet.
Let’s remember to get ready for the very special baby
that’s coming: Baby Jesus.
Let’s sit quietly now and close our eyes . . .
Let’s imagine holding Baby Jesus in our arms
and singing to him quietly and gently.
Baby Jesus will be born at Christmas!
Lead the children rocking a baby and singing quietly.
Je-sus, Light of the World,
Je-sus, Light of the World,
Je-sus, Light of the World, is
dawning in the darkness!
One of the ways we get ready inside Trace a circle on your heart
is to tell stories about Baby Jesus.
We’re going to tell one of those stories today.
Gathering Song: Option 2
For Christmas Day or the week after Christmas
Song: ‘Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas!’ is the alternative refrain for ‘Busy, busy, busy, getting ready for Christmas!’ Words © Sharon Moughtin-Mumby
Tune: ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor?’ (traditional). See music and video for Option 1 above.
Baby Jesus is the Light of the World!
Let’s close our eyes and feel the dark.
Lead the children in closing eyes.
Let’s imagine Jesus shining like a tiny star in the sky.
Now let’s imagine that light growing
brighter and brighter and brighter –
until its light fills the whole world!
So bright we can’t even look at it!
Let’s open our eyes again.
Baby Jesus, the Light of the World, is shining. Jazz hands
Let’s show jazz hands for Jesus’ light. Jazz hands
Before Christmas, we were ‘busy, busy, busy’
Move arms as if running
getting ready for Jesus, Light of the World,
to DAWN in the darkness.
Show the sun rising up and out with your arms
Jesus’ light was just beginning to show,
like the sun in the morning.
Now Jesus’ light is SHINING, bright!
Lead the children in jazz hands
 
Let’s sing our Jesus, Light of the World, song again.
This time, at the end let’s sing ‘SHINING in the darkness’
Lead the children in jazz hands
And show our jazz hands.
Lead the children in singing:
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, is Sun dawning action
SHINING in the darkness! Jazz hands
Christmas is an amazing time!
Who’s having fun at Christmas?
Let’s sing our ‘Busy, busy, busy’ song,
but with new Christmas words!
Can you say after me?
‘Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas!’
Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas!
And don’t forget our jazz hands for
‘The Light of the World is shining!’ at the end.
Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas!
Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas!
Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas!
The Light of the World is shining! Jazz hands
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, is Sun dawning action
SHINING in the darkness! Jazz hands
Let’s think of some of the things we’ve done this Christmas.
Either invite the children to make suggestions, or choose from the suggestions below. For each activity sing ‘Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas, Christmas! with an appropriate action designed by the children, followed by the ‘Jesus, Light of the World’ refrain:
  • opening stockings
  • dancing at parties
  • unwrapping presents
  • eating lots of tasty food
  • chocolate, chocolate everywhere!
My goodness! That was exciting!
But in all that excitement,
let’s remember to also have time for some quiet.
Let’s remember to welcome Baby Jesus inside.
Trace circle on heart
Let’s sit quietly now and close our eyes . . .
Let’s imagine holding Baby Jesus in our arms
Model rocking Baby Jesus.
and singing to him quietly and gently.
Ssssssssh!
Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas! Rock Baby Jesus
Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas! Rock Baby Jesus
Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s Christmas! Christmas! Rock Baby Jesus
The Light of the World is shining! Jazz hands
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, Sun dawning action
Je-sus, Light of the World, is Sun dawning action
SHINING in the darkness! Jazz hands

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