5th Sunday of Lent (C)

Children Activities – Prodigal Son

Children Activities – Prodigal Son

Children Activities – Prodigal Son

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True Forgiveness!

SOURCE: Catholic Kids Media – FIFTH Sunday of Lent C (2022) – Please note, parental guidance is suggested for this video, as it features the story of the woman caught in adultery.

Catholic Resources

YOUNG CATHOLICS

The readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year C remind us God sees us in our weakness and suffering and saves us.

YOUNG CATHOLICS – The first reading tells us to look at the past and see that a new way is possible. The psalm tells of sorrow turning to joy. In the second reading Paul explains that we must let go of what we valued to pursue life in Christ. And in the gospel Jesus confronts the crowd who are about to stone the woman caught in adultery.

THEMES:

  • God can transform bad things into good
  • Letting Jesus change us
  • Awareness of our own sinfulness
  • New beginnings
  • Letting go of the past

SOURCE: Young Catholics

CHILDREN’S LITURGY SYMBOL

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

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.
SUNDAY WORDSEARCH
SOURCE: Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

Liturgical Activities

THE LITURGY CENTRE

SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Click to download PDF

Family Activities

OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
  • Gather family members in a circle. Talk about how your Lenten observances help you grow in friendship with Jesus. Serve pretzels as a reminder of the need for fasting and prayer during Lent.
  • The message from this Sunday’s Gospel is that Jesus doesn’t condemn us; rather he wants us to receive his forgiveness and love. Reflect on your family relationships. Write a brief letter to a member of your family that you have not forgiven.
  • Jesus wants us to live in the freedom of his love. As a family, plan to spend time with someone who is feeling trapped physically or emotionally. This could be a young mother who needs time alone away from the kids, a homebound elderly neighbor, or a classmate who is trapped by put-downs, prejudice or poverty.
  • This week pray together the following Act of Contrition for your family evening or meal prayer:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

Word Sunday

The Stone Receptacle

The story of Jesus and the condemned woman conveys a message of compassion in an atmosphere of severe criticism. It’s easy to identify ourselves with the woman. It’s more difficult to identify with the people in the crowd. Or, is it?

Criticism is a habit that is easy to fall into, but hard to eliminate. To this end, decorate a coffee can or shoe box as the “Stone Receptacle.” Gather pebbles together and hand several to each family member. Invite each member to think about times he or she put others down, judged others, or hurt others with words. Each time he or she can think of a person, have your family member can place a pebble in the receptacle. When your family is done placing all their pebbles in the can, join together in prayer. Forgive each other with a sign of peace.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com All materials found in word-sunday.com are the property of Larry Broding (©1999-2021). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.
THE RELIGION TEACHER


Non-Denomination

MISSION BIBLE CLASS
SOURCE: Mission Bible Class by Mary Nelson ©2011-2022, used by permission

 TRUEWAY KIDS

Free Printable Bible Lessons

FREE printable New Testament lessons for kids. Ideal for home or church. Learn about the life, parables and miracles of Jesus. Worksheets, coloring pages, games, crafts and more.

SOURCE: TRUEWAYKIDS.COM

FAITHVILLE PRODUCTIONS

Free Sunday School Curriculum New Testament Lessons | Old Testament Lessons

VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL (13:59) – This week we are looking at the story of the woman caught in adultery and not judging others. Nat is even joined by ALL her Virtual Sunday School friends for a game! Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

SBC Kids (13:59) – Join Mrs. Becky and friends as we learn about this morning’s bible lesson from John 8:1-11. Use your own judgment in adapting the message and including it in your children’s ministry.

Garland Baptist (21:00) – Use your own judgment in adapting the message and including it in your children’s ministry.

SUPERBOOK (3:58) – Use your own judgment in adapting the message and including it in your children’s ministry.

FAMILY MOMENTS (9:12) – Learn why we shouldn’t be so quick to judge others with this special home school episode, using Nerds and Diet Coke! Use your own judgment in adapting the message and including it in your children’s ministry.

DOUGLAS TALKS  (5:16) –  How to Discuss Adultery With Kids: Adultery is a difficult topic to discuss with kids. I tried my best in this video to explain adultery in a way that even little kids could follow, and when asked “what’s adultery?” I like to use this definition, “Adultery is breaking the promises you make your husband or wife when you get married.” Use your own judgment in adapting the message and including it in your children’s ministry.

DOUGLAS TALKS  (5:16) –  Satan wants you to hate yourself and believe that God hates you too. But, no matter what you do, God still loves you. It’s OK to feel ashamed when you’ve sinned, but don’t let that shame take over your whole life. God doesn’t want us to live in sin, but He doesn’t want us to live in shame either. Let’s run towards God, and not away from Him! Use your own judgment in adapting the message and including it in your children’s ministry.

COMMON GROUNDS MINISTRY (6:54) – Let’s make an art project together and talk about The Prodigal Son and how the story teaches us about God’s love for us!

MINISTRY TO CHILDREN (15:21) -Lessons are prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

The story of the prodigal son provides us with a comforting reminder that God loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do. Even when we make mistakes, He is faithful and loves us as His dear children. These crafts serve to recount and act out the story for children. A “pig in the mud” is a fun and creative illustration of the son’s hopeless despair and moment of return to his senses (plus, it’s just fun to craft pigs!). A double-sided puppet helps to tell the parable and engage with it, considering how the son was before and after leaving– and returning– home.

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 5:1-3, 11b-32

Dollar Store Item: Newspaper, Rubber Cement, Cornstarch and Scissors

Take Away: God restores our relationship because of God’s love.

LOYOLA
PRESS
LOYOLA PRESS

Jesus Does Not Condemn the Woman Caught in Adultery

Making the Connection

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Grades 1-3
Younger children are sensitive to criticism and need gentle correction. We can help them understand that all people have faults and make bad choices at times. But God, who knows everything about us, sees us with mercy and love.

SOURCE: SUNDAY CONNECTION (LOYOLA PRESS) – All Rights Reserved


Making the Connection

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Grades 4-6
Older children are beginning to look more critically at themselves and at others. We can lead them to understand that God knows us well but does not look upon us with judgment. Instead, God looks at us with mercy and love.

SOURCE: SUNDAY CONNECTION (LOYOLA PRESS) – All Rights Reserved


Making the Connection

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Grades 7 and 8
When young people scrutinize themselves and others, they often see their own faults and the faults of others with great clarity. They sometimes fail to use this information, however, to offer a fair and complete evaluation of the whole person. We can help them to understand that God never focuses on our sins but looks upon our entire person with love and mercy.

SOURCE: SUNDAY CONNECTION (LOYOLA PRESS) – All Rights Reserved


Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School


Catholic Doctrine

Reconciliation

PRIMARY SESSION – God forgives our sins and loves us unconditionally.  In Jesus this divine love is shown fully. Jesus ate and drank with sinners offering them healing and a new start. For those who have sinned after Baptism, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation offers forgiveness and a new start. The healing brought about by the sacrament helps a person to change. Catholics celebrate repentance and conversion in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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

CATHOLIC KIDS BULLETIN

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Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. More resources.
SERMONS 4 KIDS – GOSPEL

Pointing Fingers

Objects suggested: “Your own hand and enough stones to give one to each child

EXCERPT: Have you ever seen someone doing something wrong and you pointed an accusing finger at them? I think most of us would have to admit that we have. I had a pastor one time who was fond of saying, “Remember, when you point your finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you.” Try it, point your finger at someone and then look at your hand. Three fingers are pointing back at you!

That is the point of Jesus’ teaching in our lesson today. Not one of us is perfect and we should remember that when we want to point fingers or throw stones at someone else. I have a small stone for each of you. Take it home and put it somewhere that you will see it when you think you might be tempted to point out someone else’s faults.

Our Father, help us to have the forgiving attitude that Jesus taught us in our lesson today. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray, amen.

Coloring Page  Group Activities  Crossword  Decoder  Word Search  Worship Bulletin

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

A High Calling

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects:  Knitted items, or ask a knitter to demonstrate while you present the lesson that part of the lesson.

EXCERPT: Have you ever tried to learn something new and found it difficult? How about when you were quite young and were learning to tie your shoes? That is a difficult task for tiny hands. I can imagine that you had to try over and over again to tie a strong bow that wouldn’t slip.

Can you share some of your experiences when you tried to learn to do something new? Did you become discouraged?

As an adult I wanted to learn how to knit. I had to learn how to put stitches on the needles, how to read directions, and how to make those directions become a knitted hat or scarf or sweater. Sometimes I would make a mistake and end up with a hole in my knitting where none should be.

In the Bible the apostle, Paul talks about learning how to become a good Christian. He found it difficult and said he was not “perfect,” but he “pressed on” (3:12).

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

MATTHEW COLEMAN (5:32) – Use your own judgment in adapting the message and including it in your children’s ministry.
rfour.org – GOSPEL

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

1ASK:

  • 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)

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1TELL:

  • 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.

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1SHARE THE GOOD NEWS:

  • 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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1CLOSING PRAYER:

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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.

MARKKULA CENTER

Virtue of the Week

Love

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love…Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. -Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ

FIRST READING

Isaiah reminds the Israelites of all the things that God has done for them in the past and tells them that God will continue to do great things for them because of his great love for his people. Isaiah calls us to remember that God is constantly active in his love for us even during times where we may not be able to see his presence.

SECOND READING

In this short passage, we see that Saint Paul does not question the love that Christ has for him and the love that he has for Christ even though he is in prison. The language that Saint Paul uses to describe his relationship with Christ is that of an intense love, especially when he describes himself as being taken possession of by Christ Jesus. Saint Paul knows that this love is available to all who commit themselves to Christ.

GOSPEL

There can be no question that deep and ardent mercy and love are themes in this encounter between Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. Although it is evident that a sin has been committed, Jesus and the woman recognize that sin will not have the last word, but that love will. T

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.

WORSHIPING WITH CHILDREN
Lectionary Notes by Carolyn C. Brown

Isaiah 43:16-21

Children for whom everything is new do not get too excited about Isaiah’s vision of God doing “a new thing.”  To explore God’s new things in ways that will capture their attention,
t  Explore these verses today as a look ahead to the Holy Week stories.  Remind the children of the bad part when Jesus was whipped and killed and the good part when he was alive again.  Note that God was doing a new thing in both the bad and the good parts of the story.  Invite the children to come walk through that story during Holy Week.
t  Or set the stage for Holy Week by recalling all the “new things” God has done in a responsive reading.   A worship leader reads God’s stories and the congregation responds with “I am about to do a new thing.”

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

ITS READING TIME (3:52) – Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You was written by Nancy Tillman. This Story was read by Calvin Thomas. All music was produced by Calvin Thomas at Cthomas Studios.

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

This beautiful children’s book speaks of a love that surrounds us in so many ways. The writer describes a love that seeks us out wherever we might be, even if we try to run away from it. The author uses many elements, especially nature, to reveal this love that surrounds us:

In the green of the grass…in the smell of the sea…in the clouds floating along…at the top of the tree…in the sounds the crickets make at the end of the day…You are loved.

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.
Word-Sunday

Helping Others to Look Ahead, Not Behind

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: Who has encouraged you or your friends to be better students or better athletes? What have they said to encourage you or your friends?

In the story for the first reading, Mary forgot about a bad race she ran, so she could focus on the next race. In the book of Isaiah, God told his people to forget the old and concentrate on what he would do next. 

READ THE STORY

Like the coach, God wants us to forget about those things that drag us down. He wants us to remember him and to trust him. When we do that, he will forget about faults and he will show his love to us.


Bridging Question: Have you ever seen someone deliberately embarrassed by someone else? What happened?

In the story for the gospel, Bob was embarrassed by a bully simply because he was not good a basketball. But, through the help of his brother, Bob got a second chance. The religious leaders tried to embarrass Jesus, even trap him. But Jesus didn’t fall for the trap. Instead he helped the woman at the center of the trap; he gave her another chance.

READ THE STORY

Like Bob, Jesus’ enemies tried to trap him. But he was too smart for them. Like Jack, Jesus helped someone. He didn’t judge her, like Chuck judged Bob. He just told her that no one would punish her.

Like the woman we need someone to help us, someone to encourage us and not put us down. Jesus did that for the woman. He asks us to do it for others.


Closing Question: How can you help someone who is shy? Not good at school? Or sports? How can they help you?

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

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”


BIBLE BLOCKS (3:24) – In this Bible Blocks video Jesus saves a woman from being stoned for being caught in the act of adultery. This Bible story takes place inside the temple in Jerusalem during a religious festival. The Scribes and the Pharisees are trying to entrap Jesus so that they may have something with which to accuse Him, but He surprises everyone with some divine wisdom: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Jesus and the Woman Taken in Adultery


TAC TIMES RELIGION (26:51) – Official Full Episode. Watch more free episodes in the Superbook App (https://bit.ly/prodigal-app) or Website (https://bit.ly/prodigal-site).

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