Unexpected Presence Curriculum


About This Curriculum:

  • Perfect for elementary kids, ages 5-12
  • 4 weeks of teaching materials
  • Includes large group and small group resources
  • Includes JumpStart3 video/audio bundle for series verse ($15 value!)
  • Available as an instant download
  • Download a free sample here
  • A high quality bumper video, graphic slides, and social media images are included

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Unexpected Presence is a 4 week series where kids will learn about the unexpected visits and the good news that led up to Jesus’ birth. It’s a fun and unique way to tell the familiar Christmas story to kids of all ages.

Series Verse: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV)

Each Week Includes:

  • Series and weekly verse
  • A Takeaway statement
  • Large group game
  • Message/Object Lesson
  • Small group discussion
  • Small group game/activity
  • Review questions
  • Take-home card
  • Printable service notes

Week 1

  • Bible Story – Mary Receives an Unexpected Visit (Luke 1:26-38 NLT)
  • Today’s Takeaway – When the unexpected happens, God is with us.
  • Weekly Verse – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NLT)

Week 2

  • Bible Story – Joseph Receives an Unexpected Visit (Matthew 1:18-24 NLT)
  • Today’s Takeaway – When the unexpected happens, we have a choice to make.
  • Weekly Verse – “You can make plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21 NLT)

Week 3

  • Bible Story – The Shepherds Receive an Unexpected Visit (Luke 2:1-20 NLT)
  • Today’s Takeaway – When the unexpected happens, seek God first.
  • Weekly Verse – “Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.” (Psalm 105:4 NLT)

Week 4

  • Bible Story – The Wise Men Experience an Unexpected Detour (Matthew 2:1-12 NLT)
  • Today’s Takeaway – When the unexpected happens, follow God’s plan.
  • Weekly Verse – “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8 NLT)

Additional Resources

Unexpected Presence Pinterest Board – Check out my Unexpected Presence Series Pinterest board for more great ideas for snacks, crafts, and games to go along with the series.

Unexpected Presence Set Design – Head over to my set design page to find ideas for decorating your environment for the theme.

Sample Schedules – Check out these sample schedules for a couple ways you can structure the elements in your services.

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