Studies for the weeks before Christmas

There are three different Bible study series available for Advent:

Advent leaders notes
Please read this before using these studies for Advent

1. Bible studies for Advent

Isaiah 9:1-7
Examining some of Isaiah’s prophecies about Jesus and their fulfillment
John 1:1-14
Exploring Jesus, the light of the world
Luke and Matthew
The nativity from Mary’s point of view and then Joseph’s

2. Nativity 1 & 2

Nativity 1
A short Bible study and constructing a nativity scene
(Using half of the Luke / Matthew study)
Nativity 2
A short Bible study to follow Nativity 1 and complete the nativity scene. (Using the other half of the Luke / Matthew study)

3. The Stations of Christmas

The idea of ‘The Stations of Christmas’ came from ‘The Stations of the Cross’ – pictures which depict various stages of the Passion.

Over 4 weeks, run the following Bible studies, which last about 45 minutes each, and then spend time with your group doing the artwork.

Week 1, The one who was prophesied + make pictures 1, 2 & 3 below

Week 2, Smelly shepherds + pictures 4, 5 & 6

Week 3, Eastern visitors + pictures 7 & 8

Week 4, The cross and the empty tomb + pictures 9 & 10

I’ve used the following stations of Christmas with my group to make individual pictures mounted on 30x25cm boards and displayed them around the chapel during Christmas.  Each picture has a Bible verse printed underneath it.  Some examples of pictures are shown below.  You may find this link helpful for characters.

1. OT prophecy, Isaiah 9:6

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2. The angel comes to Mary, Luke 1:26-27cmas-card-yellow

 

 

 

 

 

3. The angel comes to Joseph, Matt 1:20-21cmas-card-blue

 

 

 

 

 

4. Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem, Luke 2:4-5
5. The manger, Luke 2:6-7
6. The shepherds, Luke 2:20
7. The 3 kings, Matt 2:11
8. The escape to Egypt, Matt 2:13
9. The Cross, 1 Peter 3:18
10. The Empty Tomb, 1 Peter 1:3