Here are two programs suggested by the General Sunday School Board as Christmas services for senior and junior Sunday Schools in 1961.
Opening Hymn: “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains.
Hymn by Congregation: “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Scriptural account of the nativity: Luke 2:1-20. (It is suggested that this be either read or given from memory by an individual competent to present it in an impressive manner.)
Hymn by Congregation: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”
Talk (6 min.): righteousness, Peace and Joy are found in God.”
Concept to be conveyed: The peace Jesus came to bring was not freedom from strife and tribulation in the world, but that obtainable through the Holy Ghost; that is, righteousness, peace, and joy.
Suggested outline and references:
1. The world. We live in a time of particular strife; strife is characteristic of the mortal world.
2. Announcement by the angels (Luke 2:14.)
3. Why Jesus came. (Luke 1:79.)
4. He promised peace to the soul, but not social and political peace until the Millennium. (John 14:27; 16:33; Luke 12:51; Matthew 10:34.)
5. The peace and joy promised are in Him. (Philippians 4:7; Romans 14:17-19.)
Sacramental Hymn: “Jesus, once of Humble Birth.”
Separation to Classes.
Opening Hymn: “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains.”
Invocation: A child from Course 5 (7-8 years old). (The teacher could help the child give an appropriate Christmas prayer, thanking heavenly Father for sending His son, Jesus Christ.)
Hymn by Children: “the First Christmas.”
Story: Christ’s birth, as told in Luke 2:1-017 and Matthew 2:9-11, by a teacher. (By pictures and words, give the children the understanding that Bethlehem was a real place; it still exists; the shepherds were real people. Emphasize the great joy of the shepherds when they heard the angels proclaim the Saviour’s birth, and how joyfully the wise men brought their gifts.)
Hymn by Course 3 Children (5-6 years old): “Christmas Cradle song.”
Story: Christ blessing the little children, by a teacher. (Jesus grew to be a Man. he came to earth to teach us about Heavenly Father. he loved little children. See Matthew 19:13-15.)
Hymn by Course 5 children: “I Think when I Read that Sweet Story.”
Sacramental Hymn: “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth.” (The coordinator reminds the children that we partake of the sacrament to remember Jesus.)
Separation to Classes.