3rd Sunday of Lent (C)

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The Burning Bush and
the Figless Tree

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SOURCE: Catholic Kids Media – Third Sunday of Lent C (2022)

Catholic Resources


The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Year C are a call to repent and return to the Lord.

YOUNG CATHOLICS – The first reading tells of how Moses encountered God in the burning bush. The psalm sings of God’s kindness and mercy. In the second reading Paul tells us to learn from the past. And in the gospel Jesus warns people to change their ways. He also tells the parable of the fig tree. God gives us many opportunities to grow, but we must not resist his efforts to help us mature in faith.


  • What needs to change in our lives
  • Why do people suffer?
  • Who is God?
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
SOURCE: Young Catholics

Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)
S.D.C. is a Catholic Society in the United Kingdom that works in the field of Catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways. Its website provides catechists and teachers with free resources that can be used in different situations to help passing on the faith to others.

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SOURCE: Society of Christian Doctrine, Catholic Mom, Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy,

Catholic Kids Bulletin
SOURCE: The Kids’ Bulletin: A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.
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Liturgical Activities


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Family Activities

  • Lent provides us with an opportunity to change our hearts. Encourage family members to spend quiet time listening to God this week. Reflect on the question: Are we living as God intended, or do we need to change some things in our life? Take time later in the week to discuss the changes family members need to make in their lives.
  • Talk about how God has helped your family grow this past week. Look at the plants in your home or yard. Do they need pruning or replanting or fertilizing to grow stronger? Do this as a family, remembering our own need for conversion and growth.
  • Plan to attend your parish Lenten Reconciliation service as a family.
  • Gather together as a family to examine how the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are coming along. Use this week as a time to turn your hearts back to God. Have each family member name one or two things he or she will do as a sign of wanting to return to God.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

Word Sunday

God’s Garden

Jesus used an image from gardening to make his point. When the owner wanted to cut a fruitless tree down, the gardener interceded. With a little more care, the gardener seemed to say, and the tree will become fruitful. Just give it time and care.

March and April are times of new growth (depending upon the climate). Trees get new leaves. Flowers spout. Use the image of new life to focus on personal growth. How have your family members grown, like a flower? What is new in life, like spouts on a tree? Cut flowers and tree leaves out of construction paper. On them write down new growth of family members. Glue the flowers and leaves on a poster that has a tree drawn on it. Create a garden scene with the flowers and tree leave. Title the poster “God’s Garden.” Use the project to discuss growth of the spirit during Lent.

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Children's Activities - Burning Bush


SOURCE: Mission BIble Class by Mary Nelson ©2011-2022, used by permission


Free Printable Bible Lessons

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Moses and the Burning Bush Craft



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Free Sunday School Curriculum New Testament Lessons | Old Testament Lessons

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APOSTOLIC CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (4:38) – This is an object lesson that can help you teach your class about the story of Moses and the burning bush but in a way YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE! Bro Bob Lee is going to blow your mind with this incredible lesson involving steel wool and… a 9 VOLT BATTERY!!?!?!?; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.
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TRUEWAY KIDS (00:40) – Super Easy Moses and the Burning Bush Craft for Kids. What you need: • Template: Download for FREE • Scissor • Glue • Colored gift tissue paper What to do: 1. Color in the picture. 2. Glue on gift tissue paper to make leaves and fire. 3. Allow to dry.

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PURSUE GOD KIDS  (2:41) – Just when it seemed that all hope was lost for Moses to save his people, God showed up and changed everything. – WEbsite
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Main Objective: It’s difficult for children to grasp the concept of who God is, especially since we cannot physically see or touch Him. This lesson is meant to communicate the importance of God as a loving and know-able entity, as well as the blessing that He has given us His name.

Law/Gospel Theme: Throughout history, God protected His people and revealed Himself in various ways. The most essential way that He did so, and the way in which He bridged the gap between humanity and Heavenly, was through Jesus.

Optional Materials: Lighter, picture of old man; cotton batting or pillow; lion/animal toy; cross Bible Passage: Exodus 3:1-15

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DOLLAR STORE CHILDREN’S SERMONS (6:01) -This video is presented by John Stevens, a Lutheran (ECLA) pastor; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

Text: Luke 13:1-9

Dollar Store Item: Something that you did’nt give up on. (For me, it was a Christmas Cactus). A semicolon ;

Take Away: God doesn’t give up on us.


Jesus Teaches Repentance with the Parable About the Barren Fig Tree

Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
Younger children often think of God as a provider and a protector. They will take comfort in knowing that God never gives up on us and never stops loving us.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
Older children can sometimes be perfectionists with themselves, showing impatience as they strive to incorporate all the skills and qualities that they are learning. We can encourage their spiritual progress by reminding them that God doesn’t give up on us. He actively attends to us, bearing with us in patience and hope.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
Young people often show impatience with themselves, and so they need to be reminded about the virtues of patience and hope. We can encourage their spiritual progress by reminding them that God doesn’t give up on us; he actively reaches out to us, bearing with us in patience and hope.


Lectionary Resources

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Catholic Doctrine

“The Lord is kind and merciful.” – God’s nature revealed.

PRIMARY SESSION – God is faithful and loving. The nature of God is revealed to us by God’s actions throughout history. Jesus shows us that God is merciful and forgiving. Through his teaching and preaching, his life and death, Jesus points to a loving God who is always ready to forgive. Catholics celebrate the loving kindness of God in the Introductory Rites of Mass. During the Penitential Rite we examine our lives in light of God’s mercy and love. We are given a chance to start new and turn back to God who patiently awaits our return.

SOURCE: LECTIONARY RESOURCES  (RCL Benzinger) – All Rights Reserved

CATHOLIC PARISH OF GUILDFORD (10:18) – In this video the Gilbert Sisters explore Jesus’ the parable of the fig tree. We learn how God gives us everything we need and never gives up on us. Visit cpg.church/familyliturgy for more resources.


Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. More resources.

A Divine Opportunity

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Fishing gear, an apple, or seeds.

EXCERPT: Today let’s talk about the definition of a word. The word is opportunity. Do you know what that word means?

Let’s imagine your friend calls and asks if you would like go fishing. He says he heard the fish are biting, the sun is shining, and he has the bait. Your friend is giving you an opportunity to get together and go fishing.

Suppose you tell him, “No, I’m watching TV and I’d rather do that than go fishing.” You are making a choice. If you change your mind later, you may have missed an opportunity. Perhaps your friend decided to go fishing with someone else, or it may be too late in the day, or it may be raining, or your mother made other plans for you.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.


Living a Fruitful Life

Objects suggested: A bowl full of different kinds of fruit.

EXCERPT: Look what I have…apples, oranges, peaches, and bananas. Yum! Yum! I think I’ll have a delicious snack right now. How about you? Would you like to join me? Do you know what I think would be great? I think it would be great to have a lot a fruit trees in your yard so that any time you wanted a snack, you could just go out and pick a piece of fruit off of the tree. But what if you had an fruit tree in your yard that never had any fruit on it? It wouldn’t be good for anything except shade, would it?

In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told a story about a man who planted a fig tree in his garden. After some time had passed, he went to look for some fruit on the tree, but there was none. Year after year he watched the tree, but the tree never produced any fruit. Finally, the man went to the gardener who took care of the tree and said to him, “For three years I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! It is just taking up space in the garden.”

 Dot to Dot  Group Activities  Coloring Page  Crossword  Word Search  Worship Bulletin

SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Click on title to read entire sermon.

Finding Sweetness

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Pictures of a fig tree and figs or Fig trees

EXCERPT: Many of us who live in northern parts of the world have never seen a fig growing on a fig tree. The closest we get to figs is when we buy a package of Fig Newtons, those unique fig-filled cookies.

Figs are a fruit that contain vitamins and minerals that are good for you. In other words, they are a healthy food. They are also very tasty and sweet. In earlier times Olympic athletes ate figs as a way to get into good physical shape for the races and games that would follow. In many countries figs are considered to be sacred and the Bible refers to figs more than any other fruit.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.
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God Helps Us Grow

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: No supplies needed.

Lesson is divided into FOUR PARTS: Ask, Tell, Share the Good News, and Closing Prayer


  • What do you think would happen if you only ate ice cream, chocolate cake, potato chips, cookies and candy every day? And then, you only drank soda – even brushed your teeth with it!? What do you think would happen? (wait for answers)



  • I ask about healthy and unhealthy foods because a similar thing is being talked about in today’s scripture story.
  • In today’s scripture story, Jesus tells his disciples a story about a gardener.



  • Just like the tree in today’s story is given healthier food so that it can grow its own food to share with the world, the same is true for us with God.
  • The more of God’s love, wisdom, and patience we receive, the more of God’s love, wisdom, and patience we have to share – which is good for us and those around us.


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Willing to Serve

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: None

EXCERPT: Some people want to be leaders and others are happy to work as part of a group. Perhaps you have experienced this at your school. You may know kids who like to lead and organize projects. Other kids like to take those suggestions and work with others to complete the project.

Our lesson today is about a man whom God chose to lead his people (the Israelites) out of Egypt. These people had not been treated well by the king. They had worked hard and suffered for a long time. Now God wanted someone to take charge and lead them out of Egypt where they would find a better place to live.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.




Virtue of the Week


We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis. -LeeAnn Taylor


As Moses tends his sheep on a typical day, he encounters God in an unexpected way and this transforms Moses, the Israelites, and all of human history. God consistently takes humanity by surprise and invites us to enter into a change, a conversion, or a transformation.


Saint Paul cautions the Church at Corinth that they must avoid the sin of pride and arrogance at all costs in order to experience the process of transformation. He reminds them that their knowledge of Christ is not a guarantee that they won’t fail. He encourages them to enter into an ongoing transformation so that they may live as an image of Christ.


There is no question that Jesus is calling all to transformation when he uses the word repent. Twice in this passage, Jesus states that if you do not repent you will perish.

SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; “Build. Plant. Grow.” = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Lectionary Notes by Carolyn C. Brown

Parables are hard for children to understand

Since the fig tree parable is hard for adults to figure out, expect it to be harder for children.  One of the simplest ways to unpack it is to compare the fruit of a fig tree and things people do.  Start with a picture of a fig tree.  Give children or all worshipers a fig newton to eat to make it more real.  Make a point that fig trees produce fruit that people (or at least some people) like to eat.  That is their job.  People take care of people and things around us.  That is our job.  List ways people do that – making dinner for the family, taking care of a younger sibling so parent can work, taking care of someone who is sick, etc.  Settling for just this entry to the story is about all we can give the children for now.

SOURCE: Worshiping with Children: A blog by Carolyn C. Brown, a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

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BRIGHTLY STORTIME (4:02) – Ms. Linda reads the all-time classic picture book about a little caterpillar with a big appetite. RELATED VIDEO: (6:47) The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Animated Film

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

One sunny Sunday, a caterpillar was hatched from a tiny egg. He was so very hungry, so on Monday, he ate his way through a whole apple. On Tuesday he ate through three plums, and he was still hungry! This colorful book tells the story of a caterpillar’s journey to become a beautiful butterfly. Each and every stage that the caterpillar went through was a transformation that brought him closer to what he is intended to be. The story is an excellent way to show children how we go through changes and how life is a journey that requires many changes in order for us to reach our transformation.

SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; “Build. Plant. Grow.”  a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Parable of the Fig Tree

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The Fig Tree Song

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MARY ZITNIK MUSIC (2:05) – This is a video of a song from my Catholic kids CD, TOTALLY CATHOLIC.

Power and Patience

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: Imagine you could give someone you know a name (like Swift Soccer Forward or Math Brain) that told people who they were. What is that name?

In the story for the first reading, Paul and Theo started a club with a secret code word, names they called each other that represented qualities of their personalities. When God revealed his name to Moses, he revealed a quality of his being. He was the God who acted with power.


Do we know that God has power? Yes! But he is so powerful, he has the power of patience. In our next story we will learn about that power.

Bridging Question: How hard is it to be patient, especially with people who make you mad? Isn’t easier to get back at them?

In the story for the gospel, Kathy called Tammy a name and hurt her feelings. Instead of getting back in Kathy’s face, Tammy decided to cool off and think of the right way to resolve the dispute. Like Tammy, Jesus told a parable about God’s patience with us. He wants to resolve our convicts and forgive us.


Like the fig tree, God wants to see us produce good fruit: being kind to others, helping them when they are down, helping others we do not even know. He wants to give us a chance. But he does not want us to use those chances to ignore him, like the tree with no fruit. Let us talk to him in prayer and show him our love in the way we treat others.

Closing Question: How can we be patient with others, the way God is patient with us?

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com; Used with permission.
My FIrst Hands On Bible

Jesus’ Face Shines

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SOURCE: AVON LIGHT AND LIFE (3:42)My First Hands-On Bible is the preschooler version of the popular Hands-On Bible, which has sold nearly one million copies. Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations; My First Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.

A Burning Bush!

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THE ACTION BIBLE (5:27)After escaping from Egypt, Moses creates a life in the wilderness. Based on Exodus 2:214:20

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