Purpose: “To strengthen the children’s desire to be like Jesus Christ by increasing their knowledge of Jesus’ childhood.”

Preparation:

  • “Old” box – get a shoe box or small shipping box. Beat it up a little or rub a brown stamp pad on it to make it look like an old “Time Capsule” box.
    • Fill the time capsule with the following items:
      • Primary Picture 2-10
      • Primary Picture 2-12
      • scroll made from sticks and paper – write the words of scripture Luke 2:52 on it.
      • carpentry tool (preferably one that looks similar to those used in Biblical times)
      • Food that Jesus may have eaten – I plan to take figs because I have them and think they will be more unique than other foods for my class. Other ideas are fish, bread, honey, grapes, dates.

Materials:

Lesson:

  • Mark incentive chart for sharing time
  • Each child shares one thing about their week
  • *I intend to make this a everyone-involved style class discussion. I want each child to feel comfortable discussing and being a part of the group “exploring” about Christ’s childhood. To help set this environment, we will all sit on the floor, in a circle. We’ll take chairs down and get settled before the opening prayer. I’ll let children take turns taking items out of the “Time Capsule” box, but we’ll pass these items around so everyone gets a chance to see and handle them.
  • Opening Prayer: 
  • Introduction:
    • Pass around baby items.
    • Ask: Do you think Jesus used items like these? (Some he probably did, some are more modern)
    • Explain that today we will be learning about Jesus’ life when he was a child. He was once a child, just like each of you are now.
  • Time Capsule
    • Pull out the pretend “Time Capsule”
    • Explain what a time capsule is (a box of items from a particular time, buried to be found in the future). Tell the kids that this box is like a time capsule from when Christ was a child. Explain that we’ll take turns removing at item from our special time capsule and then passing it around for everyone to look at it. As items are passed around, we’ll use it to ask questions and make guesses about life was life for Jesus Christ, as a child.
    • We will pull out and discuss each of the following items (in any order the kids choose) from the Time Capsule. I’ve also listed potential questions to generate discussion, as needed
      • Picture 2-10 Bibical Family Life
        • Where do you think the family slept?
        • What do you think the big jars were used for? (holding water gathered from the well)
        • How does this house differ from our homes today?
        • How do you think they got light to see at night?
        • What did they use to cook food?
      • Carpenter’s Tool
        • What do you think this was used for? (carpentry work)
        • Why do you think Jesus would use this? (Because Joseph was a carpenter and he probably would have learned the skill from him and helped him do the work).
        • Extend: What else do you think Jesus learned in his home?
      • Figs (or other food of choice)
        • What is it? (Figs are a food that Jesus likely ate)
        • If its not Fast Sunday, let them each try one (check with parents for any allergies beforehand!)
        • What other foods do you think He may have eaten? (Bread, fish, lamb, honey, grapes, figs, dates, and milk)
        • How is this different from foods you eat?
      • Scroll 
        • What is this? What is it used for? (Explain that this is similar to a book that was used in Biblical times. Written on them were teachings of Prophets that lived before Christ’s birth).
        • Open it to read the scripture written on it. (Luke 2:52)
        • What does it mean when it says Jesus grew in widsom?
        • What does it mean when it says Jesus increased in favour with God? (Heavenly Father was please with Jesus because he always choose the right and did as God asked).
        • How can you/we grow in favour with God?
      • Picture 2-12 (Biblical school)
        • What do you think they are doing in this picture?
        • Who is in the picture?
          • Discuss that these young boys are learning at school. They went to school in a synagogue or church. The teacher is the head of the village synagogue called a rabbi.
          • Are there any girls? No, girls stayed at home and were taught by their mothers. Only boys went to the school.