A creative way to make the nativity story come alive for children in the classroom!
The Creation Story Manual contains the scenery, characters and lessons to teach and re-enact the story in the Jesse Box diorama.
The separate Activity Resource book provides activities and games related to the story for each student to perform.
There are 7 beautiful stories to choose from and all use the Jesse Box diorama and wooden figures to re-enact and display the story.
Session 1: Creation
The story of Creation unfolds in the book of Genesis, the order of God’s plan, down to the smallest detail, becomes evident. When we look at the miracle of the universe, the galaxies, the stars, the sun and the moon we can take for granted how they stay in place. When we see the sun rise in the morning, hear all the creatures as they sing to greet the new day and watch the darkness disappear as the first light appears in the sky, the wonder of our Creator is awakened in us. And behind it all we find that everything has an order that comes only from God.
Session 2: The Fall
Adam and Eve were happy and content in paradise. However, Satan entered the picture with a message of temptation and doubt. Did God say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’? You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.(Genesis 3: 1,4,5)This is the primordial lie. Adam and Eve, created in the image of God, were already like God.
Session 3: The Promise of Redemption
Jesus is the New Adam and Mary is the New Eve. Through their obedience they will undo the disobedience of Adam and Eve. In the letter to the Romans 5:12-21, Jesus is described as the New Adam: “where all died in Adam, all may be made alive in Christ”. The comparison between Adam and Christ shows a parallel in salvation history between the story of humanity’s first parents and the story of our redemption. Through Mary’s fiat and her obedience to God she becomes the New Eve.
Paul is married to Sheila they have six children and a lot of Godchildren. For Paul and Sheila passing faith to their children has been their first priority. This can be seen in their children and the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their home, where there is always time for the visitor and a helping hand if needed. The Bible stories that Paul's father told him as a child stay with him to this day and inspired the Jesse Box project. Paul loves hiking and has cycled his bike thousands of miles. His background is in fine art papers and the invitation printing business. Paul has a great eye for detail and communications. He looks after the business side of the Jesse Box.
Sebastian is married to Sinead and they have two children, the apples of his eye. He studied history and education in college in his native Poland and came to live in Ireland in 2007. Sebastian and Sinead are involved in the Neo-Catechumenate for years and are a family on mission in the west of Ireland. Sebastian's enthusiasm to live by and spread the Gospel can be contagious and encouraging to all who meet him.
Beta is married to Eunan and they have one son Tadgh. She’s the artist. She’s incredibly gifted. A qualified architect and graphic designer, she prefers making art using mixed media or recycling objects of all sorts, in a very Brazilian way. She spent her childhood making things from paper and when it comes to the Jesse Box , she says it brought all her skills together.
Gerry is married to Anne, they have seven children and seven grandchildren. Gerry writes the material for The Jesse Box. He and Anne have been involved in Faith formation and Pastoral evangelisation for the past twenty years. Gerry’s favourite Bible quote are the words of St Paul Philippians 4:11-13 “In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me …..” He lives with his family in the Wicklow Mountains, the garden of Ireland, along the route of St. Kevin’s way. If you’re doing a pilgrimage here be sure to drop in for a cup of tea and a chin wag (Irish for a good chat).
The Jesse Box is a wonderful resource for making Scripture come alive for children. Enabling teachers to engage in creative and imaginative play with concrete materials, the Jesse Box provides an affordable means of introducing contemporary methods in religious education to your classroom practice.
- Anne Hession, Lecturer in Religious Education, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin
I was so impressed by The Jesse Box. It is ingenious and really child and family friendly.I think that you could use this idea for all kinds of faith formation and pastoral work with children. Adults might enjoy the process too! I am involved in RE in primary schools and I think the schools would love such a resource. I can’t wait to use the Jesse Box in Mary Immaculate College with students who are being formed as teachers. I’ll definitely use this with my own kids.
- Dr. Patricia Kieran, Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education, Faculty of Education, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
The Jesse Box is an attractive resource for children in the home or school. At home the endeavour of constructing the characters through craft work brings a sense of ownership and anticipation for children. The mystery of the characters unfolds in the stories which can be enacted over and over again. Parents and children can explore the stories together in a creative and engaging way. In schools or church settings, the Jesse Box can serve as a valuable resource for telling bible stories to children. Every school (indeed every classroom) would benefit from having the Jesse Box as a resource for Religious Education.
- Cora O’Farrell, Lecturer in Religious Education, St Patrick’s College, Dublin