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16th Sunday of Year B

Use your own judgment in adapting these sermons when including them in your children’s ministry.
MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN (8:37)
GOSPEL

WHAT IS COMPASSION?

What does compassion mean? Who demonstrates compassion, and how can we show it to others? We hear a great deal about the miracles of Jesus, but don’t always pause to contemplate why He did so many amazing things. The Savior truly loves and cares about all people (including us!). He provided healing during His earthly ministry because He had compassion. The same Jesus still lives with us and has compassion upon us, and He wants us to care for those around us. READ MORE

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GOSPEL

REST IN JESUS

Objects suggested: Vacation photos

How many of you have taken a vacation? (Invite the children to share where they went and what they did. As children share, point out aspects of rest in each child’s story.) I’ve been on vacation too. I brought some pictures that I took while I was on vacation. (Briefly describe where you went and something you did to relax.)

We all need to get away sometimes. Even Jesus said that we sometimes need to take some time off to get caught up on our rest. The Bible tells about a time the disciples went to Jesus and told Him how busy they had been teaching and ministering to the needs of people. “There have been so many people coming and going that we didn’t even have time to stop and eat,” they told Jesus. (Have kids pretend to eat and then stop abruptly.)

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SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

COMPASSION

By Dr. Dan Wuori

Objects Suggested: None

Today I wanted to introduce you to a new word: compassion. Is that a word you’ve heard before? Would anyone like to take a guess as to what it means to be compassionate? (Solicit children’s responses.)

We show compassion when we notice someone else’s problems and take steps to help solve them.

The Bible is full of stories of Jesus’ compassion – and this week’s gospel lesson is a great example. It even uses that word to describe him.

Jesus has been performing miracles and word of his power has been spreading. In this week’s story a large group has gathered hoping to be near him. The story explains that Jesus had compassion for these people – he could tell right away that they needed his help – and he sets to work teaching them.

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

REST A WHILE

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: Objects suggested: Items delivered by long-haul truck drivers. A map of your country illustrating the miles truck drivers travel to deliver goods.

Truck drivers often drive long distances to deliver supplies to others. These dedicated drivers bring groceries to our local markets. They move lumber to mills where doors and windows are made. They deliver cars, books, computers, flowers, fish, fruits, vegetables, and even Christmas trees.

Long-haul truck drivers are hard working men and women who drive from one side of our country to the other, delivering many of the things we enjoy each day. To help them be safe on the road and function at their best, there are rules which they must follow. One of the most important rules is that drivers need to rest after they have driven a certain number of hours. They must take time off and rest a required amount of time before they can safely drive again.

We learn about the importance of rest in the Bible.  Jesus and his disciples had been very busy teaching great crowds of people about God’s love. Jesus said to his disciples, “… come apart into a deserted place, and rest awhile” (6:31).

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

COME AWAY AND REST

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: Metal coat hanger.

Do you ever wonder why we need to sleep? When your mom or dad says, “It’s time for bed,” you may be having a lot of fun and going to bed is not the thing you want to do right then.

Let’s talk about why rest is so important. We find, in nature, examples of what happens when things get tired. In a place where it snows, you will see snow pile up on tree branches. The snow gets heavier and heavier. We could say the tree gets tired from holding up all that snow and sometimes when that happens a branch will break. If we were able to go out and shake snow from the branch, give the tree a rest, the branch would still be attached to the tree.

Let’s think about another example––a simple coat hanger. If I twist the hanger in opposite directions, like this, you will feel the metal get hot at the spot where it is moving back and forth. We could say the hanger is getting tired and might even break.

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

REST IN JESUS

Objects suggested: Vacation photos

How many of you have taken a vacation? (Invite the children to share where they went and what they did. As children share, point out aspects of rest in each child’s story.) I’ve been on vacation too. I brought some pictures that I took while I was on vacation. (Briefly describe where you went and something you did to relax.)

We all need to get away sometimes. Even Jesus said that we sometimes need to take some time off to get caught up on our rest. The Bible tells about a time the disciples went to Jesus and told Him how busy they had been teaching and ministering to the needs of people. “There have been so many people coming and going that we didn’t even have time to stop and eat,” they told Jesus. (Have kids pretend to eat and then stop abruptly.)

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SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Video added by SermonPrep.org
GOSPEL

SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD

Objects suggested: A book of Mother Goose nursery rhymes

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34 (NIV)

I can still remember the days when as a small child, my mother read to me from a book of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. I’ll bet someone read those poems to you as well. Do you know the one about Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall? How about the one about the Three Blind Mice or Little Miss Muffet sat on a Tuffet? Those are all good ones! Do you know what my favorite was? It was Little Bo Peep. You know that one, don’t you?

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.

Wait a minute! “Leave them alone and they’ll come home.” Do you think that is good advice? If you had flock of sheep and they wandered off and got lost, would you just leave them alone and hope they would find their way back? No, of course not. You would go out and search until you found them and you would bring them back home.

Did you know that sheep are the one of the most frequently mentioned animals in the Bible? I searched the Bible and found more than 200 verses that mention sheep. Jesus quite often compared people to sheep and Jesus said of himself, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

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SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Video added by SermonPrep.org
SECOND READING

WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD

By Richard Niell Donovan

Objects Suggested: None

We sometimes call this building “the church.” This is where we come to worship God. Sometimes we think of this church building as the place where God lives.

Well, God does live here in this building, but God lives elsewhere too. Can you think of anyplace other than this church building where God lives? (Pause––listen.).

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org

16th Sunday of Year B

Use your own judgment in adapting these sermons when including them in your children’s ministry.

Children's Sermons


Society of Christian Doctrine

Speak, Lord — Sunday Worksheet

SDC is a society of lay catechists that started in Malta in 1907. Worksheets can be downloaded and printed for use during Sunday Mass or handed out to children at school prior to the weekend. They are also used by parents who download them to use with their children at home.

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DIOCESE OF SALFORD

Wordsearch

Feel free to copy and paste it into your parish publications.

Clipart  © McCrimmons used with permission. All rights reserved; Text  © 2018 Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

SERMONS 4 KIDS

Crossword Puzzle
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Children's Sermon

SERMONS 4 KIDS

Crossword Puzzle

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16th Sunday of Year B

Use your own judgment in adapting these lessons when presenting them to your children.
Ministry to children

What is Compassion?

It’s important to communicate to children what compassion is and how we can demonstrate it to others. These crafts focus on methods to show kindness and care to those around us. A “Compassion Kit” bag includes items to bless someone else. A “Compassion flower” offers a decorative reminder of various ways that we can exhibit compassion.

This lesson was prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. She has shared her teaching gifts through Ministry-To-Children since 2014 and now serves as lead curriculum writer.
MISSION BIBLE CLASS

Children's Ministry

SOURCE:  Mission Bible Class. ©2011-2021
LOYOLA PRESS

JESUS TAKES THE DISCIPLES TO REST AFTER THEIR LABORS

Sunday Connection (Grades 4-6)

Older children are learning to manage their own activities and commitments. We can help them appreciate the importance of including time for rest, relaxation, and prayer as they learn how to be disciples of Christ.

Materials Needed
• A one-week calendar page for each child, pencils

EXCERPT: 

  1. Say: I know that many of you are involved in some wonderful activities. I wonder what your week looks like. Let’s take some time to write these activities on a daily calendar. Distribute the calendar pages and assist the children as they write in their activities and commitments. Suggest that they also write an approximate schedule for each day.

  2. Invite the children to look over their schedules for the week. Ask them to circle the activities that are most important to them and to underline activities that they consider to be relaxing.

  3. Say: We do many important things during the week. To make these important things happen, we have to do some planning. For example, we might have to arrange for rides to practices and sporting events. Perhaps we have to set aside time for homework. We also know that we need to find time for rest and relaxation.

RELATED PAGE: Catholic Resources

SOURCE: © 2021 Loyola Press. All rights reserved. Website offers background to readings, and Sunday Connections for Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Family.

16th Sunday of Year B

Use your own judgment in adapting these sermons when including them in your children’s ministry.
Word Sunday – Larry Broding

NO ESCAPE

Despite his best efforts, Jesus could not take his followers into the wilderness for some rest. The people demanded his services, so he relented and spread the Good News.

CHILDREN’S READINGS

In the story for the first reading, Danny focuses upon the most important criteria for being a shepherd. A good shepherd must love his sheep. In the story for the gospel, Vivi got mad at her mother for working on vacation. Sometimes work follows us, in spite of our vacation plans, just like Jesus encountered.

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.
LOYOLA PRESS

JESUS TAKES THE DISCIPLES TO REST AFTER THEIR LABORS

Sunday Connection (Grades 7-8)

Summer months provide a greater freedom to enjoy time for recreation. As young people plan their days, we can encourage them to set apart time for prayer as well.

Materials Needed
• PAPER AND PENCILS

EXCERPT:

  1. Invite the young people to consider what activities they would choose if given the opportunity to plan one day of summer. Then ask volunteers to describe their ideal summer day.

  2. Point out that we benefit from participating in recreational activities throughout the year, but often find more opportunities to do so during the summer months.

  3. Say: In last week’s Gospel reading, we heard how Jesus sent out the Twelve, giving them authority over unclean spirits. This Sunday’s Gospel describes what happened when the Twelve returned. Let’s listen carefully to this Gospel reading.

RELATED PAGE: Catholic Resources

SOURCE: © 2021 Loyola Press. All rights reserved. Website offers background to readings, and Sunday Connections for Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Family.
The Religion Teacher – Jared Dees

THE FIVE FORMS OF PRAYER VIDEO AND WORKSHEET

How do we pray? When many people hear the word “prayer,” they think about us asking God for help, but that is only one way to pray. The Catechism of the Catholic Church divides prayer into five forms: petition, intercession, thanksgiving, praise, and blessing.
  1. Petition: Ask God to help you.
  2. Intercession: Ask God to help others.
  3. Thanksgiving: Give God gratitude.
  4. Praise: Express God’s goodness.
  5. Blessing: Invoke God’s grace.

Lesson Plan and Activities

SOURCE: The Religion Teacher

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