Epiphany

Epiphany Service
 for Families 2008

Marian Free

Notes: It is intended that the children are on the move – givng some sort of sense of journey. At various points around the room/church or other venue, there should be “stations” at which the children might make or pick up a symbol which relates to the theme – maps, gifts etc. The final stop is the Nativity Scene where the children might leave their gifts. (A powerful experience on the first occasion this liturgy was used, was that the children left ALL their collected treasures for Jesus.)

You will need: Stars to hang in the space. Extra stars and sticks, sticky-tape, small rolls of paper (scrolls) tied with string or ribbon, pieces of paper and pencils to create “maps”, “crowns” made from paper or cardboard, cardboard hearts, chocolate coins (best bought before Christmas) and a Nativity Scene. Glue, glitter, sequins whatever you think would be suitable for decorating crowns, stars etc. You might also like to give each child a bag to carry their luggage and to have some frankincense and myrhh. 

(Hang stars around room)
Presents to give to Jesus – love, kindness…
Begin at Function Room Door

A very long time ago a new star appeared in the sky.
Some people who were wise saw the star and wondered what it meant. (Children decorate a star and attach it to a stick. They carry the star before them as they move to the next station as the leader readers the verse.)

 The star shone.
The magi scratched their heads
They opened their books
They wrapped their presents
They packed their bags
and they set off in search of a king.

They travelled many days and many nights. They crossed rivers and mountains and deserts. (Children take a “scroll” from this station.)

The star shone.
The magi scratched their heads
They opened their books
They wrapped their presents
They packed their bags
and they set off in search of a king.

Day after day they travelled, always following the star, not sure where it would take them. (At this station the children draw a “map” to add to their luggage.)

The star shone.
The magi scratched their heads
They opened their books
They wrapped their presents
They packed their bags
and they set off in search of a king.

They came to Jerusalem. A king would be in a palace they thought. (Here the children decorate a crown to wear.)

 The star shone.
The magi scratched their heads
They opened their books
They wrapped their presents
They packed their bags
and they set off in search of a king.

They went to the palace and asked the king: “Where is the new king going to be born?” The king called his priests and wise men. (The children colour in a “heart” to give to Jesus.)

The star shone.
The wise men scratched their heads
They opened their books
“In Bethlehem they said,
the new king will be there.

The king said: Tell me when you find him. I will take him a present too. (The children take some chocolate coins from a bowl to give to Jesus.)

The star shone.
They magi scratched their heads
They opened their books
They wrapped their presents
They packed their bags
and they set off in search of a king.

In Bethlehem, the star shone over a stable. The magi went in and gave their gifts to the baby. (The children give their hearts and some of the chocolate coins to Jesus).

The star shone.
The magi scratched their heads
They opened their books
They wrapped their presents
They packed their bags
and they set off to find a king.

In the night an angel said, do not go back to the old king.

The star shone.
The magi scratched their heads
They opened their books
They left their presents
They packed their bags
and went home.
They had found their king.

We know that king, the king is Jesus. We give him presents

The star still shines.
We scratch our heads
We read our books
We take our presents
and live our lives in search for our king.

Copyright: Marian Free 2008

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