Friday, May 1, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/31/15- Matthew 28:16-20








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 28:16-20



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Great Commission with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, Power Point Presentation, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples What to Do lesson with questions

sermonsuite.com- This sermon, Toby's Box, is based on Matthew 28:16-20 and relates to Trinity Sunday

sermonsuite.com- Joining the Team children’s sermon

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

storange.cloversites.com- Jesus Gives One Last Commandment (page 4)

church-of-god-online.com- The Great Commission (page 4)

static1.squarespace.com- The Great Commission (page 8)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples group activities (crafts)

mssscrafts.com- Use as a Bible craft or as a memory verse game.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Delivering the Invitation group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Go and Make Disciples group activities (games)

mssscrafts.com- Scripture Sheep Memory
• Print out a number of copies of the template or alternatively, paste the template into a program such as Publisher. Print or write the first half of memory verses on sheep front card and the second half and/or the reference on the sheep back card.
• Cut out and play memory with the cards.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

magicvalleychurchofchrist.com- Carefully read Matthew 28:16-20 from at least three translations and answer the following questions.





Friday, April 24, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/24/15- John 20:19-23








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 20:19-23



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church object lesson with group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Tells His Disciples What To Do lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Finds a Solid Rock lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Jesus Appears!

biblewise.com- Peace be unto you.



Crafts

wordforlifesays.com- Blowing Tube Craft & Bubble Play, (scroll down for these about 3/4 down)

orientaltrading.com- “Peace Be With You” handprint sign

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church (crafts)

dltk-kids.com- Pinwheel Craft

daniellesplace.com- Wind Twirlers
An easy craft made out of fun foam (scroll down to this).



Games

wordforlifesays.com- Racing Pom Pom Balls (scroll down to this about 3/4 down)

sermons4kids.com- Don’t Miss Church (games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice





Friday, April 17, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/17/15- John 17:11B-19








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 17:11B-19



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- Prayer lesson with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, PowerPoint presentation, worship bulletin

daniellesplace.com- Scroll down to Object Lesson for About Prayer for Preschool Children (under Prayer about ¾ of the way down the page)

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- John 17:6-19

coloring-pages-kids.com- Children Praying coloring sheets

sundayschoolresources.com- Praying Hands



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World group activities (crafts)

biblekidsfunzone.com- Prayer Bear

daniellesplace.com- Scroll down to Prayer (about ¾ down the page) for prayer crafts

bibleschoolmaterials.blogspot.com- Praying Hands Craft

mssscrafts.com- Praying Hands Memory Verse Craft

In the World, but Not of the World
Introduction to craft: sermons4kids.com

Remove all blue crayons from the container. Have the students draw a picture of themselves using the remaining crayons (be sure to tell the students to press hard with the crayons while coloring). Next discuss how sometimes it is hard to be the person that God wants us to be (Example: What kind of person does God want us to be? How can we be that person? Etc.) Explain that God wants us to remain the person he made us to be. He does not want us to become stained by the world. Tell the students the blue water color represents being stained by what is happening in the world that is trying to change us from the person God wants us to be. Have the students paint over their picture with blue water color paint. (The wax in the crayons repels the water color paint allowing the picture to show through.) Tell the students that we remain the person God made us to be. We remain faithful because we ask Jesus to help us be separate from the world and the person that God’s wants us to be shines through.



Games

sermons4kids.com- In the World, but Not of the World group activities (games)

sundayschoolsources.com- Memory Activities you can use for prayer games

The Catholic ToolboxName- Name That Prayer File Folder Game Introduction to game- What was Jesus doing during this gospel reading? (Praying for his disciples.) How well do you know your prayers? Let’s find out!



Puzzles

kidssundayschool.com- Praying Hands connect the dots

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

End of the Year Activities





Need some activities for the end of the year? Well, here is a list that your students will surely enjoy!

everydaylife.globalpost.com- Catholic Children's Religion Class End of Year Activities

ehow.com- Catholic Children's Religion Class End of Year Activities

religionteacher.com- End of the School Year Ideas and Activities

catechist.com- End of Year Thank You Notes

You can also have a graduation party for your students.



Games:

teresklassen.wordpress.com- End of the Year Review Games

ministry-to-children.com- Sunday School Games

sundayschoolresources.com- Games

applesaucekids.com- Free Christian Fun, Games, and Activities

greatgroupgames.com- Sunday School Games

sundayschoolnetwork.com- Bible Games

sundayschoolsources.com- Review Activities

childrensministry.com- 10 Indoor Active Games

The Catholic Toolbox- Free Power Point Games (make your own review questions)





Friday, April 10, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/10/15- John 15:9-17








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 15:9-17



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Greatest Commandment with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- As I Have Loved You object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Love One Another object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- A Heart Full of Joy object lesson with group activities page, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- A Basket of Summer Fruit lesson

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Calls His Friends

pinterest.com- Random Acts of Kindness Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Love one another as I have loved you.

childrenschapel.org- As the Father hath loved me, so I have loved you. (John 15a)

kidsheart.com- Love one another. John 15:17



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Love One Another group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- As I Have Loved You group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Heart Full of Joy group activities (crafts)

ehow.com- Kindness Crafts for Kids

msssbible.com- Beginner Memory Verse craft John 15:12

akidsheart.com- Easy John 15: 17 verse craft

msssbible.com- Memory Verse craft John 15:14

dltk-holidays.com- John 15:13 mobile
Introduce craft: Who should we be kind to? Everyone. Let’s make a craft to remind us to “Love Others”

familycorner.com- Love Bug Lady Bug
Paint the paper plates or use red and white paper plates to make this craft. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”.

dltk-kids.com- Or make the lady bug with poster board or card stock. On the back of the lady bug where the wings open up write “Love Others”.


Introduce craft: How can we help others? Here is a craft to help to remind us to help others.

mssscrafts.com- Sharing Hands craft

studyathomemama.ca- Paper Chain of Kindness

thebestkidsbooksite.com- Loving Thoughts Group Project

thebestkidsbooksite.com- Send A Hug

Love Notes- Cute magnet craft to put on your refrigerator to leave loving messages to the people in your family. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, pages 54 & 55).


Loving others demands respect, consideration, cooperation, care, etc. Love is about giving. Fill these chore charts out or have the students come up with their own chores to do and color. These can be given to parents or friends/family etc. to show they are serious about their respect for them, care, etc. They are to bring the chore charts back signed next week and receive a small gift as a reward for their good deeds.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Custom Chore Chart Generator

alennkasprintables.com- Editable Chore Charts

dltk-cards.com- Custom Chore Chart

freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com- Look on the left sidebar to choose the age appropriate chore chart to print out.

chorecharts.net- Dozens of free printable chore charts, behavior charts and reward charts you can download and print for free.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Love One Another group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- As I Have Loved You group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Heart Full of Joy group activities (crafts)


Introduce game: How does Jesus want us to behave? Discuss. Well, here are some questions and let’s see how well you can.

Win or Lose by How You Choose

Need: Book- “Win or Lose by How You Choose” by Judge Judy Sheindlin

Directions- Divide the class into teams and do questions out of “Win or Lose by How You Choose!”


sundayschoolresources.com- What Do I Do? (look under Bible Story Activities)
The teacher can read the situations and ask the children what they can do to show the special love Jesus says we should have.


"How to Love" Ball Toss- A fun game for all ages on how to show love to others. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 120).

The Catholic Toolbox- Random Acts of Kindness File Folder Game

The Catholic Toolbox- Back Talk Game (Honor Your Father & Mother)
Gospel John 15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. (One of the ways you show that you love God is to obey your parents and honor them with respect.)



Movies

Veggie Tales: Accepting and Helping- Are You My Neighbor?

The Story of Flibber-o-loo or The Tale of Two Cities (15 min.) and ask questions:

1. What does loving your neighbor really mean? Help others whenever they need help even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Why wouldn’t the mayor and the doctor stop and help Larry? They said that they were too busy.
3. What should the mayor and doctor do? Help Larry.
4. Who helped Larry? A fellow from the other town.
5. Should we help people in need? Yes.
6. How can we help others?


The Gourds Must Be Crazy (14 min.) and ask questions:

1. Why wouldn’t Jr. invite Fernando to his party? Because he was different.
2. What did Jr. learn about people that are different? Being different can be good. It’s the inside that counts.
3. Should we make fun of people who are different? No.
4. How should we treat others? We should treat everyone how you would like to be treated.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Snacks

Introduce snack- How can we say “I love you” to others? Have the children bake cookies and give to someone they love.

pillsbury.com- Chocolate Dipped Heart Cookies

pillsbury.com- Sweetheart Cookie Bouquet

pillsbury.com- Thumbprint Sugar Cookies





Friday, April 3, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 5/3/15- John 15:1-8








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 15:1-8



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- A Branch on the Tree or a Stick in the Mud? object lesson

sermons4kids.com- The True Vine object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- The True Vine lesson #232 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Jesus Is The True Vine lesson

missionarlington.org- The Vine and the Branches lesson for older children and preschool. Activities are also posted.

newchurchvineyard.org- Parable of the Vine lesson (John 15:5-8) with activities for ages 3 - 18

ministry-to-children.com- Vine and the Branches Object Lesson from John 15:1-8

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- John 15:5

first-school.ws- V is for vine coloring page. "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener." "I am the vine, and you are the branches..." John 15:1-5



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- The True Vine group activities (crafts)

first-school.ws- John 15:5 craft with snack

dltk-holidays.com- Make this mobile and put your favorite verse from today’s gospel in the center.

danillesplace.com- Vine and branches crafts

newchurchvineyard.org- Scroll down to
III. Enrichment Activities
C. Project: I am the vine and you are the branches.



Games

sermons4kids.com- The True Vine group activities (games)

newchurchvineyard.org- Treasure Hunt

newchurchvineyard.org- I am the Vine Game (scroll down for this)

newchurchvineyard.org- Growing in the Lord Game (scroll down for this)



The Catholic Toolbox- WWJD File Folder Game and Moral Dilemmas Card Game
Introduction- Listen to what Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

If we keep our life connected to Jesus, we will grow. Our life will produce beautiful leaves and delicious fruit. But if we are separated from Jesus, our leaves will wither and die and we will never put forth any fruit. So how does Jesus want us to live?



Puzzles

biblewise.com- Maze (hard)

newchurchvineyard.org- Maze (page 6 are directions and on page 7 is the maze)

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Friday, March 27, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 4/26/15- John 10:11-18








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 10:11-18



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- The Good Shepherd object lesson

sermons4kids.com- Taking Care of the Sheep object lesson with coloring pages and puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- The Good Shepherd lesson #206 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- The Good Shepherd Gives Up His Life for His Sheep lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd- lesson for Pre K – K with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd- lesson for first grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- John 10:11

sermons4kids.com- John 10:11


Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? group activities (crafts)


Introduce craft: Who is the Good Shepherd?

makingmusicprayingtwice.com- Agnus Dei – Lamb of God Washcloth

sweetgrace.typepad.com- BaaBaa Black, Pink, and Blue Sheep? An easy yarn craft (scroll down to the white one with ears)

first-school.ws- Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft
This is a very easy craft that the youngest child can help with and makes a beautiful keepsake. Template included.

crafty-crafted.com- Easter Lamb Craft

roomparentideas.com- Lamb Note Card Holder

dadcando.com- Fluffy Sheep

orientaltrading.com- Lamb of God Paper Plate Craft Kit

Rocking Sheep- Tap the sheep very lightly and they will gently rock from side to side. (The Grolier Kids Crafts Craft Book by Cheryl Owen, page 18 & 19).

The Lord is My Shepherd Magnet- A cute sheep magnet out of popsicle sticks. You can omit the other wooden pieces and mini chalkboard in this craft and just use cardboard or construction paper. (Hands On Crafts for Kids 20-Minute Crafts, page 30 & 31).





Hand Lamb- (this craft was at familyfirst.com, but the website has been removed)

What You Need:

• White crayon
• Black, brown, and pink construction paper
• Scissors
• White glue
• Styrofoam tray to work on
• Cotton balls
• Hole punch
• Black sharp-pointed marker
• Thin ribbon

What you do:
1. Use the white crayon to trace around your hand on the black paper. Cut the hand shape out.
2. Cover the palm of the hand and the base of the thumb and fingers with glue. Then attach cotton balls to make a sheep.
3. Punch an eye for the sheep from the brown paper. Use the black marker to draw a dot in the center of the eye for a pupil. Glue the eye to the middle of the thumb.
4. Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the base of the thumb to form a neck for the sheep. Tie the ribbon in a bow.



Games

sermon4kids.com- Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? group activities (games)

ezinearticles.com- Stray Sheep Game (scroll down for this)


Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?

What Lamb Is Missing?

Need: Nothing

Directions: Students sit in a group on the floor. One student is “It” and must turn around and hide their eyes. Another student is picked by the teacher and they go outside of the room. “It” then must guess what lamb is missing. Whoever was the lost lamb is now “It”.


The Lost Sheep Hide and Seek- A great activity game to go with the Bible story. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 146 for game piece and page 146 for directions).



Herding Sheep Game

Need: Balloons and a staff

Pick one student and have them stand beside you in front of the class. Place an empty box on its side at the opposite end of the room.

Say: Let's practice being shepherds. First we need some sheep. Let's pretend these are sheep. (Put 1 balloon on the floor in front of the student). Here is your shepherd's staff (hand student a staff). Take your staff and herd your sheep into the pen (the empty box turned on its side). Hold your staff pointing down so no one gets poked, and be careful you don't hurt your sheep. Guide it gently – don’t push it from behind, but stand in front of it and coax it along. (Encourage student as they guide their sheep.)

Say: This is not a race, we just want each person to have a turn. When you get your sheep in the pen, pick it up and walk back to me and give me the staff and the sheep.

When each student has had a turn, ask the following questions:

Was it easy to make your sheep go where you wanted them to go?
• Do you think it's easy for shepherds to get sheep to go where the shepherds want them to go? Why or why not?
• It's hard to make balloons go where we want them to go, and it's even harder to take care of sheep because they sometimes run away or get lost.
• Do you remember our story from today?
• Who did it say is our shepherd? (The Lord, Jesus)
• Who are the sheep? (us)

Say: Jesus is our Good Shepherd, so when we follow him, we won't ever get lost.
• What are some things that kids your age might do to get “lost” and not follow Jesus? (not go to CCD or Mass, be unkind to family/friends, disobey parents, etc.)
• Why was the shepherd happy when he found the sheep? Why might he have been angry? Which is the more human reaction?

Say: We are all like sheep. There are so many things in the world that can ‘eat us up' if we get lost and if we don't have a good shepherd watching over us. Jesus is our good shepherd, so we will follow him.
• Do you think that Jesus is happy when we choose to follow him? Why or why not?



loyolapress.com- The Lost Sheep Game

mssscrafts.com- Sheep Cards (to play Memory)

sundayschoolresources.com- What do I do? Introduce game: Jesus wants us to follow him. What does that mean? Why does he want us to follow him? Let’s see if we are good followers and can do the right thing.

The Catholic Toolbox- Sheep Memory Game

The Catholic Toolbox- The Good Shepherd File Folder Game



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-dot

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Snack

Introduce snack- What is Jesus sometimes called? The Good Shepherd

christiancrafters.com- Sheep Treat or Shepherd’s Rod Treat (scroll down about ¾ of the way)





Monday, March 23, 2015

Church Potluck Recipe: Hummingbird Cake






Easter is almost here and this is my favorite cake that is always a hit at any Church Potluck.




Hummingbird Cake

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups chopped bananas


Directions:

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not beat.) Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup pecans, and bananas.
Pour batter into three greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.



Frosting

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Directions:

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.

Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake; sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top. Store in refrigerator.





Friday, March 20, 2015

Gospel for the Mass: 4/19/15- Luke 24:35-48








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Luke 24:35-48



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Mission Impossible object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- #1- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

sermons4kids.com- #2- I can tell my friends about Jesus.

4catholiceducators.com- He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

abdaacts.mywebcommunity.org- Jesus appears to his disciples.

mscperu.org- Breaking of the Bread clip art



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One group activities (crafts)

Witness Bracelet Introduction- We are going to make a craft that can help us tell someone about Jesus. It is called a witness bracelet because telling someone what Jesus has done in you is called witnessing.

beau.org/~vickir/crafts- Witness Bracelets

just4kidsmagazine.com- Witness Bracelets


Make banners saying “Peace be with you.” or your favorite verse from the Gospel today out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner

ehow.com- How To Make Christian Wall Banners


Make a bookmark of your favorite verse from today’s Gospel.

dltk-cards.com- Make your own bookmark from your favorite passage from today’s lesson.

creativity-portal.com- Blank bookmark templates. Three 2” x 8” blank rectangle bookmarks to download and print. Trim for smaller bookmark size. Use for collage, mixed media, and other bookmark making fun.

mssscrafts.com- Laced bookmarks with templates

meaningfulmamma.com- Bible Bookmark Craft

freekidscraft.com- Several different kinds of bookmarks to make

parentingteens.about.com- Paper bookmark craft using a Bible verse and edged in decorative scissors.

activitiesforkids.com- Make your own bookmarks and print them out.



Games

sermons4kids.com- Taking the Stand group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Each One Reach One group activities (games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Disciples Memory or Go Fish
Take out the Judas cards and play one of these games.


Play Bingo using words from today’s Gospel.

Bingo Card Makers:

teach-nology.com- 3 x 3 or 5 x 5 cards

dltk-cards.com- Custom Bingo Cards

bingo.saksena.net- Free Bingo Sheet Generator

eslactivities.com- Bingo Card Generator



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedward.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

joanyedward.com- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crafty Crafters: Easter (Colors of Christ Cross)






So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for Easter?



Here is a craft that I like to make with my students using pony beads:




christiancrafters.com- The Colors of Christ Cross

*Tip: Hot glue the blue, white, and red beads together.


Each of the bead colors are intended to remind us of Biblical truths:


Black = Sin
The black bead reminds us of our sin which separates us from God and dooms us to eternal darkness. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (see also Ephesians 2:11-13)

Red = Christ’s blood
The red bead symbolizes Christ’s’ blood shed for you and me. Romans 5:8-9 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us...we have been justified by his blood...”

White = Prayer of Repentance For Cleansing
The white bead represents the cleansing that occurs when a sinner repents and turns to God. Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, Oh God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”

Blue = Water/Spirit Baptism
The blue bead represents baptism. Ephesians 4:5 “...one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” We are baptized with water to identify ourselves with Jesus. The Holy Spirit baptizes those who trust in Jesus and takes up residence in the believers heart. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9

Green = Christian Growth
The green bead represents growth in our faith. Colossians 1:10 “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God...”

Gold = Eternal life
The gold bead represents eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”



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Alicia made FiberOne Easter Egg Nests one year and discussed the new life of Easter- through-my-is.blogspot.com