After most of the students have arrived, get their attention and ask students to raise their hands if they have any “good news” to share; encourage them to tell others about something amazing that has happened to them or someone they know in recent weeks. Invite as many volunteers as possible to share their “good news.” Be prepared yourself to share at least one good thing that has happened to you or to your family.
Mention that good news can be a great score on a test, a friend who has moved away who is now moving back to the area, a parent’s job promotion, a birthday card with money in it that came in the mail from grandparents, etc. Good news comes in many shapes and sizes but has one thing in common…it’s good to share with others!
The couple in this video is spending time during the holidays with family, and they want to surprise everyone with some good news of their own. Let’s watch and see how they pull this off.
Share the following video clip [3:47]:
Title: Surprise Family Pregnancy Announcement – Best Reaction Ever
- What do you notice about this family watching their video gift together? (Answers will vary. Students may mention that this family seems comfortable together. Family members and events are lovingly remembered when they are featured in the video clips they are watching. The family “oohs” and “aahs” over the video at every level, just enjoying memories of the past. Students may also mention these family members all seem comfortable hanging out together.)
- How might the couple who made this video, but are waiting to surprise their family at the end of it, be feeling as they wait expectantly to share their surprise? (Invite various students to share, some ideas might be: excited, nervous, anxious, happy, expectant, giddy, etc.)
- Do you know anyone personally who has ever told good news in a creative, unique way? How did this person (or people) share their good news? (Invite students to share. Help them keep stories short.)
- In your opinion, how did this good news surprise go over? (Answers will vary. Most students will say this surprise of good news was a success, especially with the mother/grandmother who just about fell over and screamed with happiness when she realized a family member was expecting a baby.)
In today’s lesson, we’ll see that nothing is better than the Good News of a Baby that was born over 2,000 years ago! Let’s dig in and see how this Good News can and should be shared with others!