Christmas Lesson: Inside / Outside
by The UKI Territory Evangelism Department
Play a game about being inside and outside, e.g., in the water/out of
the children a variety of pictures of Christmas celebrations and
Christmas scenes. You could use Christmas cards, works of art, photos
etc. Including some images of homeless people/rough sleepers.
the pictures out on the floor with space between them if possible,
and ask the children to wander around them and look at each one
carefully. You could play some music while they do this.
invite the children to sit down around the pictures so everyone can
picture do you like best? Why?
do you think these pictures are trying to say?
do they make you feel, or what do they make you think about?
pictures are about being inside and which ones are about being
outside? Invite the children to rearrange them so the ones which are
about being inside are on one side and the ones about being outside
are on the other.
out, or give out copies of this poem, written by a school pupil in a
Seven class at Braehead Primary School in Stirling, Scotland.
(Reproduced with kind permission from the pupil and class teacher.)
Lying in your bed, waiting for Santa to come.
Huddled up in rags, waiting for a remorseful passer-by.
Warming by the toasty fire, unwrapping new, shiny presents.
Holding up a pleading message, undoing knots tied in grimy bin bags.
Enjoying merry chats with friends and family who love and care.
Dreading another day of begging and pleading for one penny to shed
light on your day.
One bite of homemade succulent turkey and roast potatoes makes every
taste bud tingle.
The bitter taste and awful stench of last week’s fish supper, salvaged
from the foul filthy bin.
Glancing at the beautifully decorated tree. The baubles glisten and
shine against the bright light, sending a warm glow around the room.
Looking into windows wishing you were somewhere. Anywhere but here
in this dark alleyway.
while you are inside your warm, cosy house,
one present after another.
you please give a thought to the adults and children freezing
and even dying on our streets each day?
Lisa Ivatt (Age 11)
do you like about this poem?
does it make you feel, or what does it make you think about?
do you think this poem is written for?
Jesus born inside or outside?
do you think the people inside the inns were doing while Jesus was
you have liked to have been inside the inn, or outside on that night?
the bus shelter nativity picture (www.churchads.net).
picture was painted by the artist Andrew Gadd for a campaign in the
United Kingdom to help people think about what Christmas is all
about. It’s a picture of the nativity – Mary, Joseph and baby
Jesus, but shown in a modern-day bus shelter. The artist was trying
to make people think about where Jesus might have been born if he was
you put this picture inside or outside?
would you like to say about this picture?
your own poem, or create a piece of art, which shows a contrast
between Christmas inside and Christmas outside.
might mean different things for different people – and different
things in different countries and climates!
& Adult Ministry