"JOURNEY TO THE MANGER"
CHRISTMAS EVE PILGRIMAGE EXPERIENCE

Station #1

Mary is visited by an angel

Adult's Question
Mary is visited by an angel who says that she will bear a very special child who will be a light to the people. She replies, “may it be so.”

Q: Are there things in your life that are waiting to be born and all you need to do is say, “Yes?”
Children's Question
• Who do you see in this picture?
• How were they part of the Christmas story?

(Hint: The angel is telling Mary that she will have a baby. Who do you think the baby will be?) Luke 1:26-38

Station #2

Joseph must decide

Adult's Question
Joseph is worried about being a father to an illegitimate child. But an angel assures him that this will be the role of his lifetime.

Q: Where are you willing to go out of your comfort zone to do an extraordinary thing?
Children's Question
• Who do you see in this picture?
• How was he part of the Christmas story?

(Hint: An angel visited Joseph – What do you think they talked about?) Matthew 1:20-24

Station #3

Mary visits her cousin elizabeth

Adult's Question
Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth, while she is pregnant. It's there that she makes a bold statement that this child she's carrying will stand up for the outcasts and bring down the unjust mighty from their lofty positions.

Q: Who needs you to advocate bravely for them?
Children's Question
• Who do you see in this picture?
• How were they part of the Christmas story?

(Hint: Mary & Elizabeth are cousins. Do you think Mary was surprised when Elizabeth knew about Jesus before Mary told her?)  Luke 1:39-45

Station #4

the long journey to Bethlehem

Adult's Question
Mary and Joseph make an unwanted journey to Bethlehem to be counted in a census. A very pregnant Mary rides on a donkey, and when they arrive, there is no place for them to stay.

Q: Have you ever felt panicked about your situation? God is with you.
Children's Question
• What is happening in this picture?
• How is this part of the Christmas story?

(Hint: Mary & Joseph are making a long trip to Bethlehem. What do you think will happen there?) Luke 2:4-7

Station #5

born in a stable

Adult's Question
The child is born in a stable certainly not usually meant for human births.

Q: At a time of year when what we “want” seems to get all the attention, what simple things and people do you already have that you are grateful for?
Children's Question
• Who do you see in this picture?
• How is this part of the Christmas story?

(Hint: There was no room in the guest room, so Jesus was born in a stable. Why is there a star in the sky?) Luke 2:8-20

Station #6

“swaddled” in god's love

Adult's Question
Jesus was “swaddled”– wrapped tightly – and laid in a manger (a feeding trough) on a bed of straw. Know that God wraps you tightly in love and peace.

Q: What can you offer as a way of “wrapping others with love and peace” in the coming year? Like the simple straw that lined the manger, what simple way can you prepare a place for Christ to be more present in your heart this year?
Children's Question
  • When you walk into the "big room" called the sanctuary, what did you see?
  • How does what you see make you feel about God? About Jesus?

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