Birth of John The Baptist: Christmas Lesson for Children

This lesson plan covers the events surround the birth of John. There is a special emphasis on the promise of God and the mission He would give to John.

This lesson was first written for children’s church, but it can easily be adapted to other ministry settings. Hundreds of readers have already used it in their Sunday School class as a Christmas Bible lesson. Feel free to modify the content to fit your particular needs. Like all our materials you have full permission to copy and use this however you like.

Bible Passage: Luke 1:5-25
Bible Story Title: God promises John’s & Special Mission
Target Age Group: Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Target Time Frame: 25 minutes
Original Teaching Context: Children’s Church
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Learning Objectives: After this lesson . . .

  1. Children will demonstrate knowledge of the key people and events in this passage … by retelling the story back to the teacher at the end of the session.
  2. Children will demonstrate an understanding of what this story teaches about God … by identifying from a list of possible themes, which the story actually teaches.
  3. Children will demonstrate understanding of the role of John the Baptist … by explaining in their own words his special mission.

Material Needed:

  • Bible: Luke 1:5-25 Prepare a copy in advance by highlighting the significant points to emphasize and underlining items that will need additional explanation.
  • Visual Aids: Pictures of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Gabriel, a baby and the Temple. Use Google Images to find & print these if you don’t have an illustrated story Bible on hand.

Teaching Plan: John’s Birth is Promised

Introduce the lesson by showing the children pictures of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Gabriel, baby John and the Temple. Very briefly, explain who they are and how they fit into the story. Have the children repeat their names.

Immediately, use the pictures as flash cards to help the children review what you just told them. Call on volunteers to answer. Repeat all pictures two times.

Before your read the story, ask half the children to listen for what this story teaches about God. Ask the other half the children to listen for the special job God was going to give John.

Read (and Summarize) Luke 1:5-25. Read with emotion and pause often to engage the children with the reading. Pause to reinforce the God-centered themes by prompting them as questions.

  • Does God answer prayer?
    • YES. God answers prayer. Say that with me … “God answers prayer.”
  • Is anything too hard for God?
    • NO. Nothing is too hard for God. Say that with me … “Nothing is too hard for God.”
  • Does faith please God?
    • YES, faith pleases God. Say that with me … “Faith pleases God.”

Immediately after reading the story, use the pictures to conduct a quick review of the key people and events in the story.

Ask the children to report on their listening assignments.

  • What does this story teach about God?
  • What is the special job God is giving to John the Baptist?

Call on a volunteer to demonstrate the ministry of John. Have the child walk across the room indicating walking away from God. Then shout STOP! TURN AROUND! COME BACK! Explain that was John’s special job was to call God’s people to turn back to Him. This is an appropriate time to briefly reinforce the Gospel message.

Children’s Church Lesson Evaluation:

  1. Ask five volunteers to retell the story to the class through role-play. Assign the children roles as Zechariah, Elizabeth, Gabriel and two others as the crowd standing outside the Temple. The remaining children will direct the story by taking turns telling the story back at the teacher’s prompting. “OK, good and then what happened?”
  2. Ask a volunteer to explain the special mission God was going to give John.
  3. Read the following themes, ask the children to stand if the theme the story says or remain seated if the theme is not from this story.
  • God answers prayer. — YES
  • God is a Trinity. – True, but not really a part of this story.
  • Jesus loves sinners. – True, but not really a part of this story.
  • Nothing is too hard for God. — YES
  • Faith pleases God. — YES
  • God created all things. – True, but not really a part of this story.

Closing: Pray together with the children.

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  1. Candy Newton says

    I just found this website while looking for books of the bible songs. I really appreciate the time and effort put in to creating all of the free bible based lessons and coloring pages. May God bless the creators of this website, and a personal THANK YOU from me!

  2. Mary says

    This is great itr it will really help me teach my young ones in church. Which will definately give them a better beginning

  3. Rachel says

    Hi Tony,
    It will be a great help if the Visual Aids: Pictures of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Gabriel, a baby and the Temple are included in these lessons. Do you know where I can get them?

  4. says

    I completely agree and we’re going to develop more coloring pages & crafts in the future. Thanks so much for your encouragement.

  5. Nancy Sturm says

    It would be nice to have a coloring page or craft to go with these lessons. I went to Calvary Chapel’s children’s ministry page and they have the whole Bible lessons laid out for you with coloring pages, crosswords and questions. It compliments nicely with this site; but too bad we have to go to two sites. (doubles the work)

  6. Namutosi Joy says

    I have worked in our church for at least 12 yrs as sunday teacher and i hope my class will not be the same as read through your lesson plans.
    They are wonderful. God bless you so much.

  7. Crystal Brown says

    Do you have the gift of teaching from God or did you get pushed in. I knew this was my gift and got to be taught how to do it. I’m sorry to hear you don’t. I suggest that you type in danille’s place in google. They have lots of simple lessons and older lessons that use supplies your church should already have. I love there web site and use it all the time to enhance the curriculum i am given by the church. You can subcribe to this site for a low mounthly fee and be able to get into the resource room with all the bible lessons. For now I suggest trying one of the free ones on Danelle’s place like the shepard one it is great my kids that are preschool aged loved it. they even have lessons for older kids and it is easy to adapt to. Also try your local bible bookstore like christian supply.

  8. Lorin Zuppe says

    Thank you for sharing all your hard work! Are these lessons applicable for Preschoolers? I do chapel with our church preschool children twice per month and am looking for that age-level lessons and songs. Thanks!

  9. Steve Goatley says

    Hi Tony,
    I just wanted to say thank you and tell you that I loved the lesson plan and really enjoy the format. I am a youth minister who has inherited the childrens ministry. I really enjoy the kids and hope to be able to effectivly address the problems I see the youth face while they are children, but resources can be hard to come by. Thanks again so much!

  10. Sita Jayatilaka says

    Thank you for sharing yr, work. It hreally helps people like me who are busy and lack resources. I am from Sri Lanka (near India) and I teach in the morning (in English) Sunday school as well as in the evening (in Sinhalese-national language). I some times develop it to be more acceptable to our culture. Kids being reserved, shy and don’t readily participate. Thank You and God Bless!

  11. says

    Nicole – I haven’t seen a lot on the internet for that age group. I think the sad truth is most churches just do childcare.

    Our church has purchased a curriculum set for nursery and toddlers from

    The really emphasize prayer and building in Big concepts for the little ones.

    We also make use of several story Bibles. The teachers will rotate through the stories and the kids seem to enjoy that too.

  12. says

    I work in the church nursery (Little Lambs) and am trying to search for lesson plans for children from birth to age three and would like to know if you have any ideas!

    Thanks and God bless from a concerned Christian/Child Advocate


  13. Laurie says

    Just wondering if anyone has craft ideas to go with this lesson for 3-7 year olds?

  14. Kelly Ross says

    I really appreciate you sharing your ideas. I just walked into teaching children’s church lessons with no curriculm and no real teaching experience. I’ve been struggling to come up with activities that won’t take me all week to prepare for everytime, so even one new thing helps. Thank you.

  15. Johnny says

    This is wonderful!!! I lead a group of fourth and fifth graders in bible study and often struggle with creative and fun ways to effectively convey biblical principles. Your ideas and resources are great!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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