Across cultures, Jesus and his family have inspired countless works of art. Christians around the world have represented the Holy Family. When we use art in our teaching we ignite visual learners and inspire children’s own art-making. Using books or online tools, select images of Jesus from different cultures and time periods to compare and contrast.
Links to article “Representing Jesus Multiculturally” from the Building Faith website a ministry of the Virginia Theological Seminary.
The lesson plan uses the book That Baby in the MangerA contemporary and unique children’s Christmas book about Jesus’ love for all children, That Baby in the Manger offers a needed message about inclusion and acceptance of cultural differences. As the children of a small church struggle with the portrayal of the Holy Family in the Nativity scene as European — not Middle Eastern and not necessarily like them — they learn more about Jesus’s love for all children.