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Quest Storyteller Script : Week of December 24

WONDER! CLUBHOUSE:

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS

Main Point

I can celebrate the good news.

Bible Story

The Birth of Jesus
Luke 1:26-33, 38,46; 2:1-18

Memory Verse

I bring you (bring hands to chest)
good news (right arm up)
of great joy. (left arm up)
Luke 2:10, NIV (open hands like a book)

VIDEO: “Quest Rules Video”

SLIDE: “WCLU Campus Screen Graphic”

STORYTELLER: “Hello, friends! I’m so glad you’re here today since Christmas is right around the corner! I love Christmas so much because it’s Jesus’s birthday! I’m also so glad we get celebrate Jesus on Christmas because Jesus is God’s Son! When I ask you, ‘Why is Jesus special?’ today, I want you to say, ‘Jesus is God’s Son!’ Let’s try it. ‘Why is Jesus special?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Jesus is God’s Son!”

STORYTELLER: “Great job! Now I think we should count down how many days are left until Christmas and Jesus’ birthday. We are going to count down from the beginning of December until TODAY to see how many days are left until Christmas is here! Our favorite gumdrop-loving friend, Gingee, is going to help us count down. When you see the countdown calendar, we are going to count from the GREEN number to the RED number. Now, everyone say, “Hey, Gingee!”

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Hey Gingee!”

VIDEO: “CountdownToChristmas_WK4_DAY OF THE WEEK”

(Production teams should play the version of the Countdown To Christmas video that corresponds to the DAY of the worship experience. i.e.: Friday worship experience = CountdownToChristmas_WK4_FRIDAY.)

(Gingee will count down from the beginning of December to the day of your worship experience. The Storyteller and children will count out loud with Gingee by following the prompts on the video screen, counting from the GREEN number to the RED number. The RED number is how many days are left until Christmas.)

STORYTELLER: “Wow! Great counting, friends. I can’t believe there are only ____ (the number of days you counted to; the RED number from the video) left until Christmas. If you are excited about Christmas and Jesus’ birthday, then stand up with me and let’s sing two songs about how special Jesus is!”

SONG: “Big Surprise”

Lead children in singing, “Big Surprise.”

SONG: “Away In A Manger”

Lead children in singing “Away In A Manger.”

STORYTELLER: “What incredible singers you are! You can sit down now. (Pause.) Tell me, ‘Why is Jesus special?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Jesus is God’s Son!”

STORYTELLER: “That’s right! Jesus is God’s Son! Remember, our memory verse this month comes from the story of His birth. All the boys stand up and say our memory verse with me! Ready?

STORYTELLER AND BOYS: “I bring you (bring hands to chest) good news (right arm up) of great joy (left arm up), Luke 2:10.” (Open your hands like a book.)

STORYTELLER: Great job! All the boys can sit down! (Pause.) Now, all the girls stand up and say our memory verse with me! Ready?

STORYTELLER AND GIRLS: “I bring you (bring hands to chest) good news (right arm up) of great joy (left arm up), Luke 2:10.” (Open your hands like a book.)

STORYTELLER: “Great job! All the girls can sit down. (Pause.) Now let’s check in with Ollie at Wonder! Clubhouse to learn more about why we celebrate Jesus’s birthday at Christmas!”

VIDEO: “WCCT_LG_Episode 4”

SLIDE: WCLU Campus Screen Graphic

STORYTELLER: “What a great story from the Bible! Jesus is so special because He is God’s Son, and He came for you and me!  Remind me again, ‘Why is Jesus special?’

CHILDREN AND STORYTELLER: “Jesus is God’s Son!”

STORYTELLER: “Yes! Let’s pray and thank God for this very special gift – the gift of Jesus. Everyone bow your heads and close your eyes.”

STORYTELLER: “God, what an amazing gift You gave us when You sent Jesus. Thanks for today and for the opportunity to celebrate His birth. He is special because He is YOUR son. We are so grateful for such a special gift. We love You. Amen.”

STORYTELLER: “Great listening today, friends! Who remembers how many days are left until Christmas? (Pause.) Yes, there are only ____ (the number of days you counted to; the RED number from the video) left until Christmas!

STORYTELLER: My favorite thing about Christmas, other than celebrating Jesus’s birthday, is opening presents! Speaking of presents, there is a special present our pastor, Pastor Steven, wants to give to all of our Quest friends this Christmas! When you leave Quest today, Pastor Steven has a special Quest Animals Christmas ornament for each of you to take home. Let’s clap our hands to thank Pastor Steven for this gift!

Clap your hands and lead the children to clap, also.

STORYTELLER: Well friends, I had so much fun counting down to Christmas with you. It’s time for you to go back to your eGroups to celebrate the good news some more!

STORYTELLER: See you next time. Merry Christmas!

SLIDES: “Quest Animal Dismissal Slides”

Dismiss eGroups using the Quest Animal eGroup colors, one at a time, to line up at the door.

STORYTELLER: “Where is the _________ (color of Quest Animal eGroup, ie: Green Gorilla) eGroup? You can go ahead and line up with your eGroup Leader at the door and go back to eGroup.”

Continue until all eGroups are dismissed.