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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The Good Samaritan {A Bible Box Activity}

Today I want to share another Bible Box activity with you. Even if you haven’t made your own Bible Box yet, you can still easily use this activity with your child(ren). Today let’s look at the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. I like the version in My First Bible.

  1. Read Luke 10:25-37 aloud to your child(ren).
  2. Ask them what props they want to use to act out the story. For this story I gathered a green napkin (grass), a felt path (the road), a few people, a bandaid, and some blocks (for the inn). You can use any toy people you have. Lego people, Barbies, Little People, whatever! I have Tales of Glory figurines so that is what I used. But they certainly aren’t necessary.
  3. Allow your child(ren) to set the scene with the props they collected.
  4. Read the scripture again as your children act it out with the figurines

Here’s a peek at the story in images only…let’s see how well you know the story! 🙂

Hope you and your child(ren) have fun acting out the Good Samaritan!

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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!

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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. 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 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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The Lost Sheep {A Bible Box Activity}

I mentioned that children who “Do the Book Scripture” become more active readers. Characters, setting, events, dialog, conclusions, mood, and motivation become more important and children pay more attention to them when they have to interpret and recreate the drama. Doing the book greatly increases story (or scripture) comprehension. Today I want to walk you through the process of Doing the Scripture.

  1. Choose your scripture story ~ When “doing the scripture” for the first time be sure to choose a shorter scripture story. For this example I am using the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7).
  2. Choose your props ~ For younger children you may want to lay out the props for them before reading the story. For older children you may want to read the passage first and then allow them to choose the props they need. (Note: it is often necessary to allow children a chance to free explore the items in the Bible Box when using it for the first time. Then when you are acting out a scripture story they are able to focus on only the props needed for that story.) Note that props can be anything you find around the house. They don’t have to be Biblical figurines!
  3. Read the scripture story ~ As you read the story have your child look at the props and think about what they might be used for in the story. I use My First Bible (using a children’s Bible is recommended).
  4. Decide how props will be used ~ Discuss which props you will need or how the props you have already chosen will be used. If you have more than one child participating in “doing the scripture” you may need to assign roles. How would you use the props in the photo above?
  5. Re-read the scripture story ~ As you read the passage again ask your child to act out what they are hearing with the props. For younger children you may need to guide their actions. 
  6. Read the scripture story again ~ As you read the story again allow your child to re-enact the passage on their own. Or perform it for another member of the family. 

 


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