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!
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.
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