Sounds like Christmas
Divide the audience/listeners up into six groups and practise the sound and movement for each of the following before you read the Christmas story aloud. It helps to have signs held up out the front with each of the responses.
1. Shepherds Sound : "Baa-tholem-ewe" Movement : arm extended over head with hand shaped like a shepherd's crook.
2. Angels Sound : "Da-daa !" Movement : flap arms like wings
3. Mary Sound : "favoured one" Movement : head bowed, hands pressed together
4.Joseph: Sound: "Hubba-bubba" Movement: stroke beard
5.Baby-child Sound: "Ah-h !" Movement: rock child in arms
6. Afraid Sound : "Oh no !" Movement: hands move up to mouth.
There were some shepherds who were spending the night out on the hill-tops, taking care of their sheep. God's angel appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid but the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid . I am here with good news for you-news which will bring great joy to everyone. This day in David's town a baby has been born who is your Saviour-Christ the Lord. And this is what you are to look for. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel singing praises to God. "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people who please Him." When the angels went away back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see for ourselves what God has told us". So the shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manager. When the shepherds saw the baby, they told Mary and Joseph what the angel had said about the child. All who heard what the shepherds said were amazed. The shepherds went back to their sheep saying ," We were afraid when we saw the angels but now we praise God for all he has done in sending this precious baby !"
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