1. Discuss the unique backgrounds of all members of the class. Ask about stories which highlight cultural background, customs surrounding special events and meals, position in the family and so on.
2. Write a short paragraph reflecting on how you are shaped by your background.
3. Group work: Read the following Scripture references: Luke 1:26-33; 2:1-7; 2:22-24; 2:41-52; 22:7-13 (readings below) and Matthew 1:1-17; 2:1-6,13-18; 17:24-27. Record two information points from each passage.
The Birth of Jesus Is Announced
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. 27 He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. 28 The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!”
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