Don’t Worry Be Happy

Each Wednesday I release additional resources for less than $1! You get  a PDF with the lesson plan, 2 additional activities, a handout, and an image to use as a worship background. A preview of the resources and the purchase button are at the bottom of this post!

Has anyone ever asked you to do something that was hard? Allow a few children to share difficult tasks they’ve had to do. Sometimes we have to do something because we know it’s the right thing to do even if we don’t want to or if it seems hard. Share a time that you did something because it was the right thing even though it was hard to do.

Today I want to read you a story about Mary. Read Luke 1:26-38 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible – Year B. Mary was a little bit scared and worried about what God asked her to do. But she knew that with God amazing things are possible. I bet the idea of being Jesus’s mom was frightening and exciting at the same time!

The angel told Mary to be happy. I don’t know about you, but when I’m asked to do something that makes me a bit scared and I’m not sure I really want to do it, I usually don’t feel happy. In fact, I can get a little bit grumpy about it. Have you ever felt that way? Allow children to respond. But the angel said to be happy, that God was with Mary and chosen her for something special. I think that God wants us to be happy even when we are going to do something difficult. I think that God wants us to respond like Mary did. She said that if that’s what God wanted then that was what she would do. Mary was strong and brave. And we can be too!


Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!


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