Have you ever watched an animated character and wondered what the actor attached to that voice looked like when they were recording it? Check out this video of the voice talent behind Wonder and Palette, our wonderful hosts of Elevate Jr. They’re recording some special Christmas content for Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders! You’ll also see some of the early animations that go along with this voiceover.
Curious about what our new Christmas series will be teaching? Below is the scope and sequence for Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders as well as for the Elevate Jr. series of the same name. Each week is a stand alone Christmas lesson, so you can do as many as you’d like and in any order you would like!
Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that even though we will face difficulties, we can still have courage because God has a plan for us.
Main Point: I Can Have Courage Because God Has A Plan!
Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Mary. (Luke 1:26 – 38)
Bible Verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should encourage other people with our words and actions.
Main Point: I Will Encourage Others!
Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-56)
Bible Verse: “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should stick with and help people who are following God’s plan.
Main Point: I Will Be Loyal To People Who Are Loyal To God!
Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. (Matthew 1:18-25)
Bible Verse: “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17 NLT
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that Christmas is a time for joy and that the good news of Jesus’ birth should be shared with other people.
Main Point: I Can Have Joy And Share It With Others!
Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of the shepherds. (Luke 2:8-20)
Bible Verse: “Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.” Psalm 145:7 (NLT)
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that when we wait, we should do so patiently.
Main Point: I Will Be Patient!
Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Simeon. (Luke 2:25–35)
Bible Verse: “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should focus on Jesus instead of ourselves. Selfishness only causes problems.
Main Point: Christmas is About Jesus; It Is Not About Me!
Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Herod. (Matthew 2:1–18)
Bible Verse: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NLT)
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should honor Jesus by always giving our best.
Main Point: I Will Honor Jesus By Giving My Best!
Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of the Wise Men. (Matthew 2:1–18)
Bible Verse: “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” Proverbs 3:9 (NLT)
Lesson Goal: The children will learn that the reason Jesus was born was so He could take the punishment for our sins so we could be forgiven.
Main Point: Jesus Is The Greatest Gift!
Bible Story: Jesus’ gift to us is Salvation. God’s promise of Salvation and the Gospel story (Various parts of the Gospels)
Bible Verse: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)
Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders Jr.
Series Verse: “… the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14b (NLT)
Main Point – I Will Be Brave
Bible Story – Mary (Luke 1:26 – 38)
Main Point – I Will Say Kind Words
Bible Story – Elizabeth (Luke 1:39 – 56)
Main Point – I Will Obey
Bible Story – Joseph (Matthew 1:18 – 25)
Main Point – I Will Share Joy
Bible Story – Angels and Shepherds (Luke 2: 8 – 20)
Ever wonder what it looks like when we put up a set for an Elevate shoot? Check out this video of our largest setup ever! We’ve condensed about 14 hours of volunteer work into two minutes. Can you spot any Elevate characters?
I am so looking forward to our first full Elevate Christmas series! We’ve had several questions about how we are going to use this eight week series here at FC. Since we don’t want the kids to get tired of Christmas before we ever get there (if that is even possible), we are going to start Professor Playtime the first weekend in December. We’ll use four weeks of the series this year and then the other four weeks of the series next year. If you would like to do the same, it will be helpful for you to know that all of the lessons stand alone (i.e. no lesson depends on another lesson to make sense) so you can pick any four you would like to show this year!
Keep your eyes on my blog for upcoming sneak peaks. I really think you are going to love this series! It’s going to be a lot of fun!
Here at Elevate HQ we are immersed in Christmas! We have Christmas decor, Christmas stories, and lots of Christmas music as we prepare for our most ambitious series yet: Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders! Check out this behind the scenes video of one of the Christmas songs we’re working on, Deck the Halls.