5th Sunday of Easter (C)

Children Activities – 4th Sunday of Easter

Children Activities – 4th Sunday of Easter

Children Activities – 4th Sunday of Easter


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Ways to Love


The readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C tell us that suffering can be a part of discipleship, but we can look to the future with hope. In the first reading Paul and Barnabas speak of the hardships which much be endured for the Kingdom of God. In the second reading John describes his vision of heaven. And in the gospel, before he is betrayed by Judas, Jesus tells his disciples that they must love as he loves.


  • Ways to love
  • Community
  • Heaven
  • Difficulties of discipleship


SOURCE: Young Catholics: Catholic Youth Ministry, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Catholic Religious Ed, Catechist, Parish School of Religion (PSR), CCD, and Catholic Family Resources

Today’s Symbol is a HEART

SOURCE:  Catholic Children’s Liturgy Program Plans (Used worldwide since 2000)

PDF Handouts for Children

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

SOURCE: Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

Liturgical Activities


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Family Activities

  • Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another. Make a sign for the refrigerator with the message Love One Another on it. Let each member of the family help decorate the sign.
  • Have each family member cut out a heart from construction paper and write his or her name on one side of the heart. Then discuss how your family can be a better sign of God’s love. After the discussion, each family member should write down one thing he or she will do this week to make God’s love more alive in your home.
  • Work together to make a collage with the theme “Love is…” Look through magazines to find pictures that illustrate Christian love.
  • Discuss television commercials that distort the meaning of love. Ask each family member to come up with a television commercial for Christian love. Have fun as a family presenting the commercials.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

The Family Mulch Pile

Word Sunday

“I am the vine and you are the branches.” Jesus used a plant analogy to teach us about life with him and life away from him.

Do you have a lawn that needs mowing or bushes that need trimming? Do yard or garden work with your family members. Then, take the trimming and create a small mulch pile. Take you family members to the pile a few days or a week later. What happened to the trimming in the pile? How do they compare with lawn or the branches that still remain on the bushes? After the comparison, share John 15:5-8. Stress that our hearts, like the branches of the bushes, would die if we cut our hearts off from Jesus.

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Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
Help younger children to understand that when Jesus calls us to love others as he loves us, he is calling us to express our love in our words and actions.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
Children learn by example. Jesus not only talked about love, he gave us his life as an example to show us how to love.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
Young people in junior high are very tuned in to the notion of being authentic. They can spot phoniness a mile away. For them, words must be backed up by actions. In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives words about love that he backs up in his actions.


Family Connection

Is love the first word your family members use to describe their interactions? Love is difficult. Jesus’ sacrifice for us is an example of this. Yet because of love, the glory of God is fully revealed in Jesus. God’s glory is revealed in us when we act as the Body of Christ, as individuals and as a community. In the love we have for one another—difficult, challenging, sacrificial love—we find Jesus.



Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School

Catholic Doctrine

Love One Another

PRIMARY SESSION – The new commandment to love one another is a law that has been placed in the hearts of all God’s people. Jesus makes the law new by the example of his life, death and resurrection. The new law of Jesus is written in our hearts and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. In baptism we “put on” Christ and become a new person. Jesus shows us how to love one another as he himself loves us. As followers of Jesus, love is our mission and the Church helps us to live out our mission in the world.

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

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CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA (5:32) – The New Commandment! A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter, cycle C. (2022)



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


Children’s Readings

Opening Question: What is the best thing to say or do to someone who feels down?

Mary and Kim were runners on a track team. Both girls ran in the 2 mile race. Kim was one of the best runners in the area, while Mary had potential. In almost every race, Kim won, but, complaining of sickness, Mary ran slower and slower. Mary felt down about her running ability.


Kim lost a race she could have easily won for the good of another person and the good of the team. She lost the race so she could encourage another person to win. Paul and Barnabas gave up a lot to travel and encourage new Christians in their faith. Like Kim, Paul and Barnabas thought more of others and their new relationship with Jesus than themselves. Like Kim, they helped others by being with them and talking to them.

Sometimes we can help others just by being with them and speaking words of encouragement to them.

Bridging Question: How do you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day? Why do you celebrate Mother’s Day? How much does you mom love you?

Margaret’s family wanted to plan a special Mother’s Day for their mom. She volunteered to get photographs of her mom and make a collage poster. As Margaret arranged the photos on the poster, she began to realize how much her mother did for her family. She had a job at the school. She made dinner every night and cleaned the house. She always volunteered to be the team mom for all the children’s sports. She did the family bills and much of the gardening in the yard. And she drove the children everywhere. Her mom was busy!


In today’s gospel, Jesus wants us to love each other like our mom’s love us, with encouragement, a helping hand, and TLC. Since today is Mother’s Day, let us not only honor our moms but imitate them. Let us treat each other the way our moms treat us.

Do something small for your mom or grandma today. And tell them you love them.

Closing Question: How can you help your mother or grandmother this Mother’s Day?

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com; Used with permission.


Use your own judgment when including and adapting these lessons in your children’s ministry.

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WOODS KIDS (16:43) – When race car drivers hear the call to “start your engines,” the mission is clear, and they are ready to go, go, go! The same can be said for those of us who follow Jesus. Join us this week as we learn that when you love like Jesus, you can love everyone!


Jesus Loves Us All

OBJECT: A package “Dum Dums”® suckers. (Any brand of suckers with a variety of flavors will do.)

EXCERPT: This morning I have a bag of “Dum-dums.” As you can see, “Dum-dums” come in many different flavors. There are lemon, cherry, grape, watermelon, orange, and butterscotch to name just a few. I sometimes give “Dum-dums” to the children who come to Sunday School. One thing I have noticed is that when I allow the children to choose the flavor they want, some children are very picky about which flavor they choose. The favorite flavor seems to be blue raspberry. I don’t think it is because kids like the taste, I think it is because they like the way it turns their mouth blue! Whenever I let the children choose, I always wind up with all of the butterscotch left when all of the other flavors are gone. For some reason, children seldom ever choose the butterscotch suckers.

I don’t know why the children don’t like butterscotch. I guess butterscotch is a little bit different. Maybe it isn’t quite as sweet as grape or cherry, or some of the other flavors, or maybe they just don’t like the color of the paper wrapper. Do you know what I do with the leftover butterscotch suckers? I eat them myself, because I love all the flavors!


 Coloring Pag e Coloring Page  Group Activities  Crossword  Dot to Dot  Word Search

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Love One Another

By  Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: Stuffed sheep and/or shepherds crook

EXCERPT: Do you like rules? Most of us don’t. We get tired of hearing “don’t do this and don’t do that.” But rules are necessary to teach us how to get along in the world. Rules help us learn polite behavior.

It seems as if most rules are about what we should not do. Your parents ask you to respect certain rules because they want you to learn and grow to be a happy, helpful adult. Let’s list some of the “do not” rules.

• Do not lie.
• Do not hit others.
• Do not say hurtful things to others.
• Do not forget to brush your teeth.
• Do not eat with your mouth open.
• Do not put on dirty clothes.

The list goes on and on, doesn’t it? Adults have lists of rules too. There are many, many things we must think about – things we should not do.

Now Jesus says,“A new commandment I give to you…” (13:34). A commandment is a rule.


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

The New Commandment

By Dr. Dan Wuori

Objects: Pictures of birds. A bird-watcher’s book. (If there is a bird-watcher in your congregation ask them to help with the lesson.)

EXCERPT: Today is a special day. We call it Maundy Thursday and it is the day we remember the Last Supper – which was the last meal that Jesus shared with the disciples before he died.

During the Last Supper Jesus shared bread and wine with the disciples – and he spoke the words that we repeat each week at communion. He also did something that surprised some of the disciples. He washed their feet.

Does that seem like a funny thing to do? Before we have supper we wash our hands, but not usually our feet!

During that time many people wore sandals, and – because there were no cars or busses, people mostly walked from place to place. So washing your feet wasn’t unusual, and when people had guests visit their homes they often washed their feet – or even had a servant whose job this was – as a way of showing their respect and friendship.

Now one of Jesus’ disciples – Peter – was very surprised that Jesus planned to do this for him. Jesus was Peter’s teacher, and he didn’t think it was right for such a great man, the Son of God, to be doing such a thing. Not for a person like him! He told Jesus he would never let him wash his dirty feet.


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

Dollar Store Children Sermon

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DOLLAR STORE CHILDREN’S SERMONS (6:14) -This video is presented by John Stevens, a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor.

TEXT: John 13:31-35

Dollar Store Item: A game of, “Who am I?” or walking through a piece of paper. FOLLOW THIS LINK

The Take Away: Jesus tells us to love one another, and the world. People can tell we are followers of Jesus when we love. Our understanding of God’s Grace continues to expand.

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The Prodigal Son

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: Print out the picture at end of this .pdf or use fake money from Monopoly

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


  • Hold up picture / fake dollar bill ] I have a question for you – can you tell me what this is? (a dollar bill)
  • That’s right – and what does a dollar bill do? (it buys things)
  • So if I bought something for a dollar – we’d say, “it’s worth a dollar,” right? (right)



  • I wanted us to talk about wasting money because in some ways that’s what today’s scripture story is about.
  • In the story that we heard Jesus tell in the scripture passage that was read today, there is a child, a son, who asks for a lot of his father’s money.
  • The father gives the child the money. The son then leaves home and wastes all of the money – just like I ripped up the dollar a few moments ago.



  • One of the reasons Jesus tells this story is because we often think like the son does.
  • We often think that things are just as important to God as we are.
  • We think God won’t be friends with us if we ripped up some of the things that that God gave us.




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SERMON WRITER – 2nd Reading

New Beginnings

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: Pictures of a snake shedding its skin

EXCERPT: Some of you may not like the idea of snakes, but let’s see if we can learn something from their behavior. Did you know that a snake sheds its skin? Some of you may have actually seen an old skin that a snake has left behind. It is usually all in one piece, in the shape of a snake, and looks dried out.

Snakes shed their skin because they need more room to grow and they may do this once a year or several times a year. It is similar to when you outgrow your clothes and need to get larger ones that fit better.

The snake starts a rip in its skin by rubbing against something rough and then it slips out of its skin in the way you pull off your stockings. Beneath the old skin is a beautiful new skin that will allow the snake to grow.

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

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