Share a Meal

What is your favorite meal? Allow children to answer. In your family do you ever have any special meals? Maybe for a holiday or a special occasion? What makes those meals special? Allow children to answer. In my family…(share a personal story about a special meal).

In our scripture story today the disciples share a special meal with a special guest. Let’s read to find out what happened. Read Luke 24:36b-48 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. What were Jesus and the disciples doing during this story? Does anyone remember? Allow children to answer that they were eating together. Sharing a meal together and talking about God has been a Christian tradition for a very long time. Can you think of any times that we eat together here at church? Allow children to answer. They may share about potlucks, pancake breakfasts, or other meals the congregation participates in. If no one brings up communion say, Do we ever eat here during the worship service? Hopefully children will recognize that communion is also sharing a meal. Sharing in communion is one way that we remember Jesus. It makes us feel like he is right next to use sharing the bread too! It helps us remember that Jesus is alive in us! I bet the disciples felt that way too when they shared a meal.

During their meal Jesus talked with the disciples. What message did Jesus have for them? What did he want them to go do? Allow children to answer that he wanted them to share the stories of Jesus with other people. Were the disciples excited to go out and share the stories of Jesus? Allow children to answer. Sometimes people, especially grownups, worry what our friends will think if we start talking about Jesus. But Jesus tells us that God will help us feel strong enough to share the stories of Jesus! I think it’s easiest to tell the stories of Jesus when we are sharing a meal…just like the disciples did. Invite a friend to eat with you and take that opportunity to share about Jesus!

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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.

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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We See Jesus

Every living thing has a beginning, a time to be alive, and an ending, or death. During our lifetime our bodies are busy doing work. Dying is a part of life for every living thing. (excerpt from When Dinosaurs Die by Marc and Laurie Brown)” Many of us have had someone that we knew and loved that has died. Maybe a friend, a family member, or even a pet. When someone special dies, it can be a very hard and sad time.

Our scripture story today is about a woman named Mary of Magdala. Mary was a special friend of Jesus (his mother was also named Mary, but the Mary in today’s story is a different Mary). This story takes place just after Jesus died. Just like many of us, Mary felt very sad when someone so special to her died. Let’s read to find out what happened. Read John 20:1-18 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year A.

Light the re-lighting candle and hold it up. During Jesus’ lifetime his body was busy doing work. He used his life to help others and to love all people. He shined light into the world. But some people didn’t like Jesus’ message and they tried to blow out his light by ending his life. Blow out the candle and watch it light up again. But Jesus was special, his light could not be put out. His body is gone, but his light is still with us. It shines in me, it shines in you, and you, and you, and you. Just like Mary Magdala, WE SEE JESUS. We see Jesus when we see people loving one another. We see Jesus when we see people feeding the hungry, We see Jesus when we see people helping those in need. We see Jesus in your smiles and your hugs. This is just a candle, I can put it out by dipping it in water (put out candle in a cup of water). But Jesus light can never be put out. It shines always through us. As you leave here today let Jesus’ light shine brightly in you so that all you meet can say…WE SEE JESUS!

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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.

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.
Add to Cart
Cost: $0.99

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 ChildhoodSpirituality.com. 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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