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18th Sunday of Year B

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

MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

THE BREAD OF LIFE

In this children’s message, students will be invited to consider what it means that Jesus Christ calls Himself the bread of life. He gives us all we need for spiritual nourishment, just as food gives us what we need for physical strength. Use bread and/or dough to explain what it means that Christ provides and IS our “daily bread”!

GOSPEL

GOD PROVIDES MANNA

Objects suggested: None

Do you like to eat? What’s your favorite thing to eat? (Allow kids to share.)

What if every morning you could open the front door and walk out into the yard and pick up your favorite food?  All of it you could eat! That would be great, wouldn’t it?

We read in the Bible about a time when something almost exactly like that happened. God’s people, the Israelites, had been held as prisoners in Egypt for many years. When they were finally freed and left Egypt, they were looking for the land that God had promised them. After they had been wandering around lost in the desert for a couple of months, the people started to grumble and complain against their leaders, Moses and his brother, Aaron.  (Invite kids to complain and grumble.)

“We had it better when we were in Egypt,” they complained. “At least we had plenty to eat. God, You have brought us out here in the desert to starve us to death!”

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GOSPEL

PATIENCE

By Louis Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: None

Have you ever gone on a road trip with your family? Riding in a car with your parents and brothers and sisters can be a lot of fun. You get to see new and interesting things, eat different kinds of food, have time together to play games and sing songs…..

Sometimes, however, you can get bored riding in a car for long periods of time. You may say, “I’m tired.” “I’m hungry.” “How much longer?” “Are we there yet?” “Mom, sister has her foot on my side of the car.” Does this sound familiar?

In the Bible we find a story about the Israelites, a group of people who were on a long journey. They had been slaves in Egypt and Moses was chosen by God to lead these people to a better land.

It was a very, very long journey. They were tired and did not have enough to eat. They began to grumble and said to Moses, Why did you bring us out here in the wilderness? We are going to die of hunger.

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

TWO KINDS OF FOOD

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: Ice cream maker, if available. Serve ice cream to children if setting and situation permits.

Let’s talk about ice cream. What’s your favorite flavor? Mine is Swiss Chocolate Cherry.

Oh, it’s so good!

Have you ever made ice cream? It takes a lot of time and hard work to make ice cream, especially the old fashioned way. Here is a picture of an old fashioned ice cream maker. Cream, sugar, and vanilla are poured into the metal container. Other things may be added such as chocolate, strawberries, or peaches. Then ice and salt are packed around the outside of the ice cream container and the hard work begins. The crank must be rotated until the cream thickens and becomes ice cream. Usually people take turns working the crank. The last step is to pack more ice around the ice cream container, cover it with a towel and leave it for a while so it will freeze.

These days we mostly go to the store and buy ice cream, but either way, ice cream is a treat. The unfortunate thing about ice cream is that it doesn’t last very long. It must be eaten quickly, especially on a warm day. Sometimes we wish for more.

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

GIVE THANKS

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: A picture of a cornucopia, or an actual cornucopia filled with fruits and vegetables arranged on a tray.

In some parts of the world a day is set aside to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings that fill our lives. On this day we think about foods that are grown from the land – delicious fruits and vegetables that make us healthy and are a joy to eat.

This is a cornucopia, a horn-shaped basket. Pumpkins, squash, apples, oranges, pears, grapes, and nuts spill out of it. It is a symbol that is called the “horn of plenty.” It reminds us to celebrate the abundant fruits and vegetables of the harvest and also reminds us that we are given all and more than we need.

On the day of thanksgiving we give thanks for our plentiful food. Did you know that Jesus compared himself to food? He said, “I am the bread which came down out of heaven” (6:41).

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

18th Sunday of Year B

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

The Kids’ Bulletin

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.

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
Manna from Heaven

Word Sunday – Larry Broding

ASPECTS OF THE EUCHARIST

Sometimes the little we have is the starting point for God’s blessings. This was the lesson the people missed in the multiplication of the loaves and fish in John 6.

CHILDREN’S READINGS

In the story for the first reading, a scoutmaster responded to the complaints of his troop. Their work was much greater than the inconvenience of the day’s heat. So was God’s gift of manna in the desert. In the story for the gospel, Joey earned money to buy raffle tickets. He wanted the prize. When his sister won the raffle, he stomped off in anger. He believed he could earn the prize, just like the audience of Jesus. They thought they earned God’s gifts. They forgot the gifts God gave were freely given.

FAMILY ACTIVITY

John 6 presented the challenge of faith. Jesus told his audience to trust him. To explore this theme, created a “Trust Me” game.

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 – Jared Dees

Lesson Plan and Activities

SOURCE: The Religion Teacher

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