Christmas worship


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The Christmas story has a lot of angels. What are angels and what do they do?

SEAL: Doing something brave.

Key words/themes: Christmas, angels, worship

Key Stage Relevance: KS1 & KS2 

Resources: a couple of angel wings to be attached to yourself or a child 


Have you ever heard someone say “Oh, be an angel and …” 

What is an angel? And what do they look like? What do they do? 

While their job description is to be a messenger, their main task is to worship God all the time. What’s the message and who do they take it to? 

Main Content: 

Job Advert: wanted, messenger, must be pure. Love flying. Singing ability desirable. 

Part 1: What job did they do at Christmas? 

1. They announced that Jesus was going to be born (Annunciation) 

(Luke 1:26) In the sixth month, God sent the ANGEL Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 

(Luke 1:28) The ANGEL went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you." 

(Luke 1:30) But the ANGEL said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 

(Luke 1:34) "How will this be," Mary asked the ANGEL, "since I am a virgin?" 

(Luke 1:35) The ANGEL answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 

(Luke 1:38) "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the ANGEL left her. 

The message for Mary was to be brave, and take on this huge responsibility that God was giving her. 

2. Angels were very much involved in the story of the birth of Jesus.: 

(Mat 1:20) But after he had considered this, an ANGEL of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 

(Mat 1:24) When Joseph woke up, he did what the ANGEL of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 

(Mat 2:13) When they had gone, an ANGEL of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." 

(Mat 2:19) After Herod died, an ANGEL of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. 

The message for Joseph was to take responsibility for looking after Mary and the baby Jesus, and also to protect them from danger.  

3. The best known bit is when the angels appeared to the “sock washing” shepherds in the carol - “While shepherds watched their flocks by night” 

(Luke 2:9) An ANGEL of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 

(Luke 2:10) But the ANGEL said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 

(Luke 2:13) Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the ANGEL, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests." 

(Luke 2:15) When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 

(Luke 2:20) The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. 

The message for the shepherds was that they were special to God, and were given the great privilege of hearing his plans for all people through this special baby. 

So in the words of the old Christmas carol – what is the message of the angels today? 

Pupils response/Outcomes/Prayer: 

Do you think there are angels around today? The Bible suggests that there are angels looking after you lot – each one of you - all the time. I like the idea of that. 


Lord God, in the same way you knew you could look after Jesus when he was born as a small defenceless child – so you want to look after us and help us look after each other too.

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