For the week of June 7, 2020
This week’s lesson is a review of the three prayers (Glory Be, Hail Mary, Lord’s Prayer) your child should know by the end of this school year. Before we get to the review sheets at the end, please read the below bible story to your child.
Jesus the Great Teacher – Matthew 5-7
Jesus was a great teacher – the best ever. Crowds of people loved to listen to Him. Jesus gave a lot of good advice on how to be a good person. He told them to be merciful, good, and kind. And even though sometimes people turn to hate and want to hurt others, God still loves and cares for them. Jesus knew many things about God and wanted to share his knowledge with everyone so that we can understand God’s love for us. He said God’s people light up the world the way a candle lights up a house. What a difference a candle makes in a dark room!!
Many of the people Jesus spoke to believe in revenge, “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” But Jesus taught forgiveness, kindness, and love, even towards enemies. It is very hard to forgive someone when they’ve hurt you, but if you open your heart to God’s love, He will show you how to forgive that person.
In Jesus’ day, some people pretended to be very holy. When they gave money to beggars, they had a man blow a trumpet so everybody would look and see how generous he was. “Do your giving in secret, and God will reward you,” Jesus said. He means – when you’ve done a good deed, there is no need to make everyone aware of it. When you’ve done something because it was the right thing to do, God knows and sees all. Jesus taught the same about prayer. Some people prayed loudly on busy street corners so everyone can see and hear them. They didn’t really care about God. They only cared about what others thought of them. Jesus called them hypocrites – or false actors. You can pray with your heart and God will always hear you.
Jesus often used nature to explain His teaching. For example, He pointed to the birds. “Your heavenly Father feeds them,” He said. “Don’t worry. God will also feed you.” God feeds us with his love and gives us what we need to survive. Jesus also said, “If God clothes the grass of the field, will He also not clothe you?” Jesus was teaching people to trust God who provides for all our needs.
“If you judge your brother, it’s like trying to take a speck of sawdust from his eye when you have a great big log of wood in your own eyes,” Jesus said. Perhaps people laughed. But they had to think of His meaning. Jesus said people should ask God for help. Do parents give a stone when hungry children ask for a loaf of bread? No! They give their children good things. God does the same. We are God’s children and He gives good things to those who ask.
In a story Jesus told, He showed that people who obey God’s word are like a man who built his house on a rock. A terrible storm arose. When it ended, the house stood firm. But a foolish man built his house on sand. When the storm lashed against it, it fell apart because of its weak foundation. Jesus said that people who do not obey God’s word are like that man. This also reminds us of last week’s parable, The Sower, who planted seeds. The crowds were amazed at Jesus’ words. They never heard such things before. Now they knew it wasn’t enough to hear God’s word, they must obey it every day.
This bible story tells us about our wonderful God who made us, and who wants us to know Him. God knows we have done bad things, which He calls sin. The punishment for sin is death, but God loves us so much that He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross to take away our sins so that we can have a new start. Then Jesus came back to life and went home to Heaven. If you ask Jesus to forgive your sins, He will. We shall obey God’s word and let Him into our hearts every day.
Please have your child complete the following worksheets:
For the week of May 31, 2020
Opening Your Heart to God
Please read the below to your child:
The Parable of the Sower
As Jesus traveled around the countryside with his disciples, large crowds often gathered around him to hear him teach. He often taught them by using parables. A parable is a story that Jesus made up to help people understand what he wanted to teach them. Jesus told a parable called “The Parable of the Sower.” It was a story about a man who planted seeds in the field.
There once was a farmer who went to his garden to plant seeds. As he scattered the seeds, some fell on the hard path nearby and the birds came and ate all of it.
As the farmer continued to plant the seeds, some of them fell on soil that was full of rocks. The seeds that fell on the rocky ground with a little bit of soil grew up quickly. As they grew, there was no place for roots to grow strong and healthy, so when the seed quickly sprouted, the hot sun and lack of moisture in the rocky soil caused the seed to wither and die.
The seeds that fell among the thorny bushes and weeds began to grow right alongside them. The thorny bushes helped shade the young plants but as the thorny bushes grew bigger and bigger their roots took up more and more of the soil. The thorny bushes choked the life out of the young plants because they had no place for their roots to grow. The young plants were not able to grow any further and have any fruit for the farmer to pick.
The seeds that landed on soft, fertile soil grew into little plants, and then bigger plants and then when it was time for the farmer to harvest, he was able to get a very good crop from the plants. Those seeds made healthy plants and produced good fruit.
This is the lesson that Jesus wanted his disciples to learn, and it is also the lesson that he wants us to learn today. The seed that the farmer was planting in the story represents the teachings of God’s Word. Our heart represents the soil where the farmer planted the seeds.
Your Sunday school teacher or priest is trying to plant the teaching of God’s love in your heart. If your heart is hard and filled with anger and bitterness, the teaching falls on hard ground and never grows, just like the seed that fell on the hard ground in the parable that Jesus told.
There are other times when we hear the Word and we get excited about it, but then our excitement fades away because our understanding is too shallow. That’s the way it was with the seed that fell on the rocky soil.
Sometimes we hear the Word and we believe what it says, but we want to keep on doing the same bad things we have been doing. That is like planting the seed in with a bunch of weeds. I’m sure you can guess what happens. The weeds will soon take over.
The last seed is the best, it fell on the good ground. If you learn from what you hear in Sunday school and church, the seed that Jesus plants in your heart will grow. Your life will produce good fruit just like Jesus intended. You will be helping others to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s love. The people who listen and obey God’s Word grow stronger and as they serve Him, others come to know Jesus which is called bearing fruit.
Please have your child complete the attached “I Choose to Follow Jesus” worksheet and have fun with the coloring page!
Take care and God Bless!!
For the week of May 24, 2020
Memorial Day weekend. No religious education lesson for this week.
For the week of May 17, 2020
The Good Shepherd
Please read the below to your child.
Jesus told this parable:
Once a shepherd had a flock of 100 sheep. The shepherd loved every one of his sheep. He even had names for his sheep. Every night he would count his sheep to make sure that all 100 were there.
He helped the sheep find the best green grass. He looked for nice clean water so his sheep could have a nice drink when they were thirsty.
Sometimes dangerous animals like bears and lions would come and try to hurt his sheep. The shepherd protected the sheep and chased all of the dangerous animals away from them.
Sometimes the sheep would wander away from the rest of the sheep and the shepherd had to call out the sheep’s name. When the sheep heard the shepherd’s voice he would run back to the shepherd.
What would it mean if the shepherd counted his sheep and he counted only 99? That would mean that one sheep was missing. How do you think the shepherd felt? What do you think the shepherd would do? Do you think the shepherd would just say, “Oh, well, who cares? I’m just happy that the 99 sheep are okay. I won’t worry about just one little sheep. One little sheep is not very important anyway.”
What would the shepherd do? The shepherd would leave the 99 sheep in a safe place and then he would go and look for the lost sheep. He would look behind bushes and in the deep valleys. He would keep looking everywhere until he found the sheep. When he finally found the sheep he would be so happy! He would lift the sheep up onto his shoulders and carry him back to the other ninety-nine sheep. At last, the shepherd could be happy because all of the sheep were safe and well.
After Jesus told this parable he explained what it meant. God does not look at one person and say, “This person is more important than all the rest.” He doesn’t pick and choose who is important, because to God, everyone is equally important. Every single person – even the littlest child – is important to God. He does not want even one single person to be lost.
If Jesus is our shepherd, what does that make us? (Sheep.)
Did you know that we are a lot like sheep? Can you think of a way we might be like sheep?
Sheep need a shepherd to guide them, protect them and help them. We need Jesus and God to guide us, protect us and help us too.
Sometimes sheep get themselves tangled up in brambles because they aren’t looking where they are going. Their fleece is thick and the more they try to free themselves, the more stuck they become. The shepherd has to come and cut the sheep free.
Sometimes sheep fall over and can’t get up by themselves. The shepherd has to come and help them up.
Sheep don’t always pay attention to where they are going. Sometimes they are so concerned about what they are eating that they tend to wander off and get lost and the shepherd has to go out and look for them.
We need God to help just like sheep need a shepherd to help them when they get in trouble. We need God to help us do the right things. Sheep need the shepherd to save them when they are in trouble. We need Jesus to save us from our sins. He died for us so we can be forgiven of our sins and live forever with him in heaven.
We are a lot like sheep. There are so many things going on around us that we sometimes forget about God and what he wants us to do. Instead of reading our Bibles and praying, we wonder off to do other things. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us and remind us about God.
Sheep can’t protect themselves very well. They don’t have sharp claws or sharp teeth and they don’t run very fast. The shepherd has to protect his sheep from dangerous animals. He carries a rod or stick that he uses to fight off any wild animals. We also need God’s protection. We can go to him when we are in trouble or scared, and he will comfort us.
God is our shepherd. He is a good shepherd. A good shepherd knows each one of his sheep by name. He not only knows their names, but he knows everything about them. He knows what they sound like. He can tell by the way they cry if they are in trouble, lost or sick. God, your shepherd, knows everything about you. He loves you just the way you are, even when you’ve been bad. He knows when you are sad, happy or lonely.
Please have your child complete the worksheet and sheep maze below.
Have a Blessed week,
For the week of May 10, 2020
Sin and Forgiveness
Please read the following parable to your child.
The Lost Son
This story is also called the prodigal son. Prodigal means to spend a lot of money on things you don’t need and being very wasteful with what you have. You will see that is exactly what this son does.
There once was a father that had two sons. One day the younger son said to his father, “Father, could you give me my inheritance?” (Inheritance is money the father would give his children after he had died.) So the father thought about it and decided his sons could have the money now, and he split it evenly between them.
Very soon after the younger son received the money, he decided that since he had so much money he would move to a different country and have some fun with it. He took everything he had and didn’t plan on returning. He wanted to be grown up and spend all his money how he wanted with no one to tell him what to do.
He left a big farm, he left his family, and more importantly he left his father who trusted him enough to give him the money. This probably made his father very sad and I’m sure he missed him very much.
While the son was gone, he spent all the money he had right away. He didn’t think to save any of it. He ate the yummiest foods every day. He bought things and threw fancy parties. He spent money on many other things that God wouldn’t be happy with.
After he had spent all his money, the son was in trouble. He had no more money, no place to live, he had nothing to eat, so he had to get a job. The only job he could find was feeding pigs. He was so hungry he tried to eat the food that the pigs were eating but his boss caught him and told him if he ever saw him doing that again he would be fired.
The son went to bed hungry and when he woke up he realized something. When he lived with his father even the hired men had more food than they needed, and now he was starving to death. At that moment he made a plan. He would go back to his father’s house and say to him, “I have sinned against God and against you. I don’t deserve to be called your son, so hire me and I will work for you.”
It took the son a long time to get home, he was just hoping that his dad would let him work at the farm and let him be a hired man. The son was walking up to the farm but while he was still a long way off and he could see someone notice him and start to run towards him. He was sure that they must have been expecting someone else, no one would be excited to see him.
As the person got closer he realized it was his father and he was yelling, “My son! My son! You are finally home!” He couldn’t believe it. His father threw his arms around him and kissed him. But the son quickly said, “Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I don’t deserve to be called your son…” The son wanted to continue but the father said to one of his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the biggest calf and kill it. Let’s have a party and celebrate because my son was lost and is found!”
This upset the older brother and he refused to go join the party. The father heard that he was upset, so he went to talk to him and invited him to join the party. But the son refused saying, “Look! I have been working for you all these years and I’ve never disobeyed you. Yet you never had a big party for me to celebrate with my friends. But now my younger brother has come home, spent all the money you gave him, and you kill the biggest calf for him!”
“But, my son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was lost and now he is found.”
In this parable the father in the story is just like God. This is how God would be if we ran away from him and we started doing things we shouldn’t. He doesn’t give up on us when we do things that are wrong, and he will always forgive us if we’ve truly changed and sorry for what we’ve done. We should never be afraid to ask for forgiveness.
Now the older brother in this story just shows how most of us would act if this happened to us. I think we would all be upset if our younger brother ran away for a long time and did a whole bunch of bad things and then came home and your parents threw a big party for him.
The father was forgiving. But the eldest son, who had not been wronged, was unforgiving. In this parable Jesus gives a clear picture of God and what God is like. God is truly kinder than us.
Please go to our Finding God Textbook. Read and review pages 130 and 131. Please have your child complete the attached worksheet on forgiveness.
Have a Happy & Blessed Mother’s Day!
For the week of May 3, 2020
Making the right choice!
Please read the following to your child:
A soccer ball and a music book — two very different things that play an important part in a story about Katy, a girl about the same age as you. Katy faced a very difficult decision. Many of her friends signed up to play soccer. Katy liked to play soccer too, and she wanted to be with her friends, but she also liked to play the piano and had been taking piano lessons for a couple of years. Soccer practice was at the same time as her piano lesson and playing soccer would take away from the time she needed to practice the piano. There was no way she could do both.
What should she do? Should she quit piano and play soccer with her friends, or should she finish what she had started and continue with her piano lessons? Finally, Katy came up with an idea. She sat down with a sheet of paper and drew a line down the center of the page. At the top of the page on one side of the line she wrote, “Piano.” On the other side of the line she wrote, “Soccer.” Below the word soccer, she wrote all of the advantages of playing soccer with her friends. Below the word piano, she wrote all of the advantages of being able to play the piano. After she had considered all of the advantages and disadvantages of each choice, Katy made her decision. She decided to continue her piano lessons. After all, she could still see her friends at school, and playing the piano was something that she would enjoy for the rest of her life.
We all face important decisions in life. The most important decision we face is whether we will follow Jesus or not. Perhaps you might say, “Oh that is an easy decision. Of course I will follow Jesus,” but Jesus warned that it isn’t always easy to follow him. He said that we should sit down and count the cost. Will we choose to follow him if it means giving up friends who are making bad choices? Will we choose to follow him if it means moving to a faraway place and leaving our family behind? Will we choose to follow him if it means we will never live in a big house or drive a fancy car?
Jesus said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Where did Jesus carry his cross? He carried it to Calvary. It was on that cross that Jesus gave his life so that you and I could have everlasting life. When we choose to carry our cross, it means that we are willing to give up everything to follow Jesus. It is a choice we have to make.
Please refer to our Finding God Textbook on Making Good Decisions. Read and review pages 123, 124, 125, and 127 with your child. Then print out and have your child complete the following worksheet.
For the week of April 26, 2020
Jesus feeds 5,000 people from just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish!
Please read below parable to your child:
This story is about a miracle. If you don’t know what a miracle is, you should by the end of this story. Just remember, only God can do miracles and He still does them today!
Jesus had sent the twelve disciples out into the country and gave them the power to heal sick people and tell others about God’s love. When the disciples returned, they met with Jesus to tell Him about all the people they talked with and had healed. They were all very excited to tell Jesus about their adventures.
People followed the disciples so they could find Jesus. They had seen the miracles He had done and wanted to see more. But Jesus knew the disciples wanted to talk to Him. They hadn’t even had a chance to eat yet, so He said to them, “Come with me and we will find a quiet place to talk and get some rest.”
When Jesus and the disciples arrived, they noticed the large crowd. Jesus felt love for these people because He knew they needed a teacher and someone to believe in. He knew that the disciples would understand, so He began teaching the large crowd many things.
It was starting to get late in the day and none of the people had supper yet. The disciples came to Jesus and said, “There is no food around here and it’s already getting late. Maybe we should send the people away so they can go to the surrounding towns and get themselves something to eat.”
But Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.”
The disciples didn’t think that they understood Jesus right and said, “We can’t feed all these people, we would have to work almost a year to pay for all the food!”
As the disciples looked around the crowd wondering how they would ever be able to follow Jesus’ wishes, one of the disciples saw the small boy with his lunch. The disciple knelt down and asked kindly, “Would you be willing to share your lunch?”
The boy jumped up and down in excitement and joyfully answered, “For Jesus, I will gladly give it all!”
Another disciple spoke up, “There is only five small loaves of bread and two tiny fish in there! How is that supposed to feed all these people?”
Jesus took the fish and loaves of bread and thanked God for it. Then he gave it to the disciples, and told them to feed the people. Even though they knewthere wasn’t going to be enough for everyone, they obeyed Jesus.
They scattered themselves among the crowd and started giving pieces of fish and bread out of their baskets. They handed food out to all the people. They were so busy that they didn’t even notice that the basket was not getting empty. It just continued to flow with fish and bread. Finally when everyone had eaten enough to fill them up and it started getting very late, the crowd started dwindling as people began to go back to their own homes.
Jesus told his disciples to pick up baskets and collect all the leftovers so that nothing would be wasted. The disciples were startled as they stared at the sight before their eyes. As they gathered the leftovers, there was a buzz of excitement. “How amazing it is that Jesus could take a small boy’s lunch and fill all these HUNGRY people!” one exclaimed.
“Yeah, and I’ve already picked up a WHOLE BASKET of pieces over here!” another yelled back.
“My basket is almost full also!” said another with awe. When they finished, they took it all to Jesus and began to count. ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN, ELEVEN, TWELVE. TWELVE Baskets leftover!!!!
Wow! What a miracle Jesus had performed right there before their very eyes! Two little fish and five small loaves of bread had fed over FIVE THOUSANDpeople with plenty of food to spare!
Please have your child complete the word find below. Answers are included.
Take Care & Be Well,
For the week of April 19, 2020
The Lord’s Prayer
Please read the below to your child:
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Now, please read to your child the Lord’s Prayer below along with the simplified meanings:
OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN,
(God is everyone’s Father. And God is in Heaven.)
HALLOWED BE THY NAME,
(God’s name is holy. We respect God’s name. We do not use God’s name in anger.)
THY KINGDOM COME,
(We are talking about God’s kingdom. The kingdom of God is a beautiful and peaceful place; where everyone loves each other. There is no fighting and no one is poor or hungry. It is a kingdom that includes everyone.)
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN,
(Jesus said to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. If we do what Jesus told us to do, then we have done what God wants us to do on earth as it always is in heaven.)
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
(We are asking God to give us what we need to survive, like food and water.)
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
(God doesn’t want us to hurt people. We can hurt people by saying mean things or by physically hurting them. When we hurt someone, we ask God to forgive us.)
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
(God asks us to forgive people who hurt us even though it is very difficult to forgive sometimes.)
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
(Temptation is wanting to do something that you know is wrong. We are asking God to help us make good choices and to keep us away from temptation.)
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
(We want God to protect us from evil and keep us safe.)
(A great big YES!)
Here is an activity your child can complete.
To color the above activity, right click on it, “Save image as …” to your desktop and print it out.
No reading/homework assignment for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.
For the week of April 5 – 11, 2020
Easter – The Resurrection of Jesus
Please read the following story to your child:
The Case of the Empty Tomb
The story begins very early in the morning on the first day of the week. Jesus had just been crucified and buried. Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ followers, went to the tomb where Jesus was buried. When she got there, she saw that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Peter and John and said to them, “They have taken the Lord’s body from the tomb and I don’t know where they have put him.”
Peter and John raced to the tomb. John got there first. He looked in the tomb and saw the linen wrappings lying there. Then Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linens that John had seen lying there. As he investigated further, he saw the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was also folded and lying apart from the other wrappings. After Peter looked around for a few minutes, John joined him inside. When they were sure that the tomb was empty, they left and went home.
Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she looked inside the tomb and saw two angels sitting there. One of them was sitting at the head and the other at the foot where the body of Jesus had been lying. “Why are you crying?” the angels asked.
“Because they have taken my Lord and I don’t know where they have put him,” she answered.
Then Mary turned and was about to leave when she saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. “Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her.
Mary, thinking that he was a gardener said, “Sir, if you have taken my master away, tell me where he is so that I can go to him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said.
When Jesus spoke her name, Mary knew who he was. She turned to him and cried out, “Teacher!”
“Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go and tell my brothers that you have seen me and that I am going to return to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.”
Mary found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord.” Then she gave them the message that Jesus had told her to tell them.
And that solves “The Case of the Empty Tomb.” The tomb is empty because Jesus is not dead, he is alive! He is risen just as he said!
Heavenly Father, the empty tomb is no mystery to us. He is risen! We rejoice in his name. Amen.
Please go to your Finding God textbook. Read and review pages 147 and 148. Children may complete the coloring activity on page 148.
Below is a fun and cute Emoji Easter Story that the children might like:
Have a Happy Easter!! ~ Miss Florence
For the week of March 29 – April 4, 2020
The Season of Lent
Please read the lesson below to your child:
The season of Lent is a time to prepare for Easter (the resurrection – coming back to life – of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday), and to remember Jesus’ great love.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It lasts for 40 days (not including Sundays) and ends on Easter Sunday. Once a year you will see many people with a black smudge on their forehead. If you look closely, you can tell that it’s not a smudge. Do you know what it is? It is the Sign of the Cross made with ashes! The priest marks our foreheads the Sign of the Cross as a reminder that Jesus loves us very much and that he died on the cross so that we could live with him forever in heaven when the time comes. It also reminds us that we are created from dust and to dust we shall return. During the season of Lent, we think about Jesus’ love. It reminds us to live as Jesus did. Each time we make a choice like Jesus, we grow closer to God.
Jesus spent his life praying and growing closer to God. As Christians, we pray and learn about God. We want to be close to him. Jesus teaches us how to be closer to God.
-Jesus took care of those who were poor and sick.
-Jesus shared God’s message with others.
Lent is also a time of sacrifice, fasting, and self-control.
Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross to save us from sin. Jesus’ life is the best gift that can be offered to God, because Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus did it because he loved everyone (and God) more than anything.
A sacrifice is giving up something valuable out of love for someone.
- Who offered the greatest sacrifice? (Jesus)
- What was Jesus’ sacrifice? (He gave himself up for us when he died on the cross.)
- What do we try to do during Lent? (We try to show love for Jesus and to grow more like him.)
During Lent, we remember Jesus’ great love by making sacrifices of our own. Children can prepare for Easter by offering sacrifices, doing good deeds, and helping the poor.
What can you sacrifice this Lent?
Some examples of sacrifices children can make:
- give up some playtime to help someone
- let someone else choose which TV program to watch
- let a friend decide which game to play
- help with the dishes or with some other chore
- eat something he or she doesn’t like without complaining, like vegetables
- not eat your favorite treat, like candy, ice cream
- share your things, like toys
What can you do to become better followers of Jesus?
- Pray more
- Doing good deeds
- Be kind to everyone
- Donate food, clothes or toys to the poor
We can’t give up our life, as Jesus did, but these are ways we can sacrifice ourselves. Then we can celebrate Easter with new hearts filled with love for God and others.
Encourage your child to show their love during Lent.
- The Bible tells us that the way we came to know love was by Jesus giving his life for us. We should show our love by what we do too. (adapted from 1 John 3:16, 18)
- Think about something you will pray for, something you will do, and something you will give each day during Lent to thank Jesus for his sacrifice on the cross.
- Tell Jesus silently in your heart what you are going to do to show your love.
- When we think of Jesus and of how much he loves us, we wish we could have been with him to comfort him. But we can show Jesus now how much we love him. Let’s ask him to help us offer our special prayers and sacrifices each day during Lent to show our love.
Please complete the following activity sheet with your child.
God Bless & Be Well ~ Miss Florence
For the week of March 22-28, 2020
Last Supper / Eucharist Lesson
Please read the following lesson on the Last Supper / Eucharist to your child:
We have bread, which represents the body of Jesus, and we have wine, which represents the blood of Jesus.
On the night before he died, Jesus shared a special meal with his disciples. This special meal is called the Last Supper.
During the Last Supper, Jesus took the bread and said a blessing. Then he broke the bread into pieces and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take it, this is my body.”
Then Jesus took a cup of wine and gave thanks. All the disciples drank from this cup. Jesus said, “This is my blood.”
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” – Luke 22:19-20
Now this might sound normal to us, since we hear it every time communion is served, but for the people at that Passover dinner, it sounded crazy! And I think, if I was in that room and hearing that for the first time, I would think it sounded crazy too. But Jesus didn’t want His followers to think it was crazy. Or gross, or weird, or scary. Jesus wanted His followers to think about life.
Even though communion is about Jesus dying, it is also about Him living, inside of us. At the Last Supper, the bread and the wine became the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Jesus wanted his disciples to remember and celebrate this special meal again and again. That is why He said, “Do this in memory of me.”
The Eucharist is the sacrament (or church celebration) of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. In this sacrament, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. We do this so we can always remember the sacrifices Jesus made for us and also what those sacrifices mean.
They mean life! Jesus living inside of us and giving us eternal life in heaven!
Please also log on to www.Formed.org (please sign up for this free website resource) and watch the video with your child called “The Eucharist for Little Children”. It runs for approx. 20 mins. You can also copy and paste this link to your web browser:
After watching the video, please complete the attached review question sheet. I have also attached my completed example with answers.
Stay Safe & Take Care.~Miss Florence
For the week of March15-21, 2020
Please review the following lesson about Baptism with your child.
Baptism goes back to the time of Jesus. Jesus had a cousin called John. John baptised people, and so he was known as John the Baptist.
John was a preacher. He told people about God. He spoke to the crowds, and told them that they should live the good lives that God wanted for them. He told the people that they were ‘sinners’, because they had done bad things in their lives. John warned them that God will judge all people for what they do in their life. He said God wanted them to stop, and turn away from their bad ways. He told them to seek God’s forgiveness for the things they had done wrong.
The people listening were moved by what John was saying. They wanted to put things right with God straight away. This is where baptism started. By being immersed (or dunked!) in the water of the River Jordan, people showed their willingness to be washed from their bad ways, and to try to live God’s way from then on.
John believed that he was preparing people for God’s promised Messiah.
One day, Jesus went to John and asked to be baptised. John knew Jesus had never done anything wrong, and said, ‘I am the one who needs to be baptised by you!’ (Matthew 3:14)
As Jesus was being baptised, John heard God’s voice say, ‘This is my beloved Son’ and saw ‘the Spirit of God descending like a dove’ on Jesus. Now he knew that Jesus was God’s Messiah.Christians are baptised today to follow Jesus’ example, and to show that they believe and obey him.
Do the following activity with your child. Do you know the answers?
Here are the answers …