How many wise men? And other misguided notions…

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On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings at FUMC, our kids (our Cool Disciples) experience Workshop Rotation Model Christian education. (Click on any of those bold words to find out more.) That means they are learning and having fun at the same time! Scroll down to view our December schedule of workshops.

wise men approach Bethlehem

Because Christmas happens once a year, each Advent we focus on a different aspect of the Christmas story. In the past we have covered Jesus’ birth through the eyes of the prophet Isaiah, the birth from his mother’s perspective, from the point of view of the shepherds, and the overall details and sequence of the Christmas story. This December we target the key role of the wise men. Read about our story in Matthew 2:1-12. You may be surprised to discover inaccuracies in some of your long-held views about these travelers!

For Saturdays at the Green Wood location, here is the schedule…

Date Workshop Activity
12/7 Art Workshop Create a special star and learn about the wise men seeking Jesus.
12/14 Video Workshop Watch the animated video, The Very First Noel. What carefully. Does the movie stray from the Bible story of the wise men?
12/21 Games Workshop Learn story facts and play a game of Bible Bowling!
12/28 To be determined. Stay tuned!

And on Sundays, at the at the downtown FUMC location…

Date Our workshops…
12/1 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Art 1 Art 2 Games 1 Games 2 Cooking 1 Cooking 2
Room 212 Room 215 Room 211 Room 204 Pine Room Social Hall
12/8 {closed} 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 1st grade 4th grade
12/15 1st grade 4th grade {closed} 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
11/22 2nd grade 3rd grade 1st grade 4th grade {closed} 5th & 6th grade
12/29 Unwind from all of the Christmas excitement by watching the animated video, The Very First Noel. Do the wise men show up at the correct time?

What’s happening in each workshop at the Downtown location?

  • In the Art Workshop students will learn about the wise men, the magi, who followed a star to seek Jesus. Create a special star for your tree or your window at home. Also hear about the church calendar and the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will use some of their senses to explore the gifts of the wise men. They will make no-bake cookies with a special scent and discuss gifts (the kind you can’t buy) that they give to others.
  • In the Games Workshop students will test their knowledge of the details of the story by playing Bible Bowling. Some story facts may surprise you!


If you are in the area please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI


Photo credits:
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The Wise Men by Waiting for the Word, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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