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15th Sunday of Year B

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STORY TIME WITH MS. MARCIA (5:56) – Todd Parr shows different types of families with reasons why they belong together in this colorful and exciting book.
SECOND READING

GOD’S ADOPTED CHILDREN

Objects suggested: None needed, but you could use a copy of the book “We Belong Together”

Scripture: His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)

I read a wonderful book called “We Belong Together.” It is a book that explains adoption in such a way that children can understand it.  In fact, I even understood it! Every year, there are millions of children adopted. Why?  Well, the book explains it this way. “You needed a home and I had one to share. You needed someone to help you grow healthy and strong, and I had help to give. You needed someone to love you, and we had love to give.”…

Adoption is a beautiful thing. Did you know that you and I have been chosen for adoption? The Bible tells us that long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us to be his own. His plan, from the very beginning, was to adopt us and to make us a part of his family through his Son, Jesus Christ. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are adopted into God’s family.

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SECOND READING

CHOSEN BY GOD FOR A PURPOSE!

Objects Suggested: Simple items with definite purpose, such as fruit or toos.

In this message, focused on Ephesians 1, children will be reminded that God chooses and loves each one of us, and has a special purpose for our lives. Using simple everyday objects, the lesson demonstrates how everything has a place and purpose. We are God’s beloved children, and He has adopted us into His family and chosen us to do His will.  READ MORE

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SOURCE: Ministry to Children – All Rights Reserved
GOSPEL

THE MISSIONARY TRIP

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: Stack a table with a lot of items, cell phone, clothing, several pair of shoes, soft ball and glove, books, puppets, boxes of crackers, bananas…or anything else children like.

The twins packed for their missionary trip to do puppet shows for a children’s orphanage. They thought of a lot of things they wanted to take with them. (Pick up items as you talk.) Kyle didn’t want to forget his electronic game and he thought his softball and glove might fit in the edge of his suitcase. Kelly tucked in her journal, two extra pair of shoes and couple of books to read if they had time. She thought she might squeeze in her softball glove, too. Both included food items that they definitely did not want to do without during their weekend trip.

Their parents took one look at all the items they had ready to go, plus the bedroll and food and suggested the twins might be taking many more things than they would need. Once again, the twins hear their parents tell a story from the Bible.

Jesus called twelve men to be his disciples and he began to send them out to share God’s love with others. That had to be exciting because the disciples could teach all about God, and people lives would be made better…

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

JESUS SENDS OUT THE TWELVE

Objects suggested: A suitcase

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Mark 6:8-9 (NIV)

It’s the time of year when many people are going on vacation. If you have ever gone on a trip, you know that it takes a lot of preparation to get ready to go. You may need to get someone to bring in your newspaper and your mail while you are gone. If you have a dog or a cat, someone has to take care of your pet. Probably the most important thing you have to do when you go on a trip is pack your suitcase. I brought a suitcase today. Let’s imagine that we are going on a trip and make a list all of the things we will need to pack in our suitcase. Let’s see, we will need socks, underwear, jeans, shirts, shorts, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, comb and brush, and a swim suit and flip-flops for the beach. Have I forgotten anything? (Allow time for the children to add to the list.) Oh, I thought of something I forgot. My laptop! I can’t go a week without checking my email or surfing the Internet!

When he was on the earth, Jesus traveled around from village to village teaching, healing people, and casting out demons. One day, he called his twelve disciples to him and said, “I want you to go out two by two. I am giving you all of the authority you need to cast out evil spirits.” …

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SECOND READING

BRAIN POWER

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: None

I’m going to tell you a cool thing about your body. Did you know that it is impossible to tickle yourself? Your brain is so fast and so smart that it warns your body it is about to be tickled and nothing happens – you do not feel the tickle. That is just one of the many ways your brain protects you and lets you know what is going on.

Our lesson for today is about living “for the praise of his (God’s) glory.” Your marvelous brain will help you do that when you take time to notice what is around you.

We praise God by giving thanks for all he has given us. Not only do we appreciate the miracle of our body, but every where in the world, we find miracles. In nature, especially, we discover interesting rocks, mosses, grasses, flowers and trees. We see beautiful animals, oceans, sunsets, sunrises, fogs, stars, and clouds. If we take time to notice, we may spot a ladybug, a dragonfly, or a honeybee. You could add hundreds of things to these lists.

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

15th Sunday of Year B

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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

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15th Sunday of Year B

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Ministry to children

Bible Craft Ideas: Chosen by God

These crafts, based on Ephesians 1, focus on the blessing that we are adopted as God’s children and chosen by Him for special and unique purposes. A crown hat reminds kids that they are sons and daughters of the king and heirs to His throne. A “keys to the kingdom ring” reflects who we are as His people. A “re-purposed kazoo” takes simple items and uses them for a new and special purpose, to recall how we have special futures in God’s will!

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.
SONG FOR KIDS

12 DISCIPLES THERE WERE

A rowdy version of the Sunday school classic, teaching the names of Jesus’ twelve disciples “in sing-song”

MISSION BIBLE CLASS

Link to full list of printables

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

JESUS TELLS HIS DISCIPLES TO PREACH

Sunday Connection (Grades 4-6)

Older children are beginning to realize the importance of teamwork. We can help them understand that Jesus continues to send us to minister in his name, together with the community of the Church.

Materials Needed
• NONE

EXCERPT: Ask the children to recall a time when they were worried about something, perhaps about a test at school, something that happened to a friend, or a news story on TV or radio.

  1. Prepare a list of the names of the different sports that the children in your group enjoy and participate in. Invite a volunteer to write the list on the board. Look back over the list and ask the group to identify which of the sports are team sports. Ask a volunteer to circle each team sport as it is named.

  2. Ask: What makes playing a team sport fun? Why is teamwork an important aspect of sportsmanship? (Accept all reasonable answers.)

  3. Say: In today’s Gospel, we will hear how Jesus sent his disciples to minister in his name. When he did this, he gave them very specific instructions. Let’s listen carefully to this Gospel.

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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.

15th Sunday of Year B

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Word Sunday – Larry Broding

Missionary Efforts

When you travel, do you intend to escape, or to seek out new things and new people?

People have different reasons for travel. Some fly for business. Some drive to visit relatives. Some ride in a train to see the sights. In an increasingly mobile world, people travel to seek new opportunities, new relationships, new experiences.

How many of us have had the opportunity to travel for the good of others? To heal broken relationships? To announce good news? Jesus gave his chosen Twelve that opportunity, the possibility to go out for people’s ultimate good.

CHILDREN’S READINGS

The story for the first reading begins: Once there was a shepherd named Amos. He worked hard long days under the hot sun of the desert. He cared for flocks of sheep in the summer. In the winter, he trimmed tress. The little money he made barely paid for the food his family needed to survive. Life was not easy for Amos.

The story for the gospel begins:“Fasten your seat belts” the sign flashed. The jet moved to the runway and taxied to take off. Felix looked out his window from his seat as the jet lifted off the ground. The rush of the take off hit his stomach. Everything on the ground got a lot smaller very quickly. “Wow!” Felix thought. “This is my first jet ride. This is great!”

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 TELLS HIS DISCIPLES TO PREACH

Sunday Connection (Grades 7-8)

Jesus sent out the Twelve, giving instructions about how they were to conduct themselves on their mission journey. Like the Twelve, we are sent to serve others and are given everything we need for our journey as disciples.

Materials Needed
• PAPER AND PENCILS

EXCERPT:

  1. Distribute paper and pencils. Tell the young people to imagine that they are preparing for an overnight trip and ask them to write a list of items they will need to pack. When they have finished, observe that their lists are likely to include items that are absolutely necessary as well as items that are good to have, but not essential. Tell the young people to review their list and star items that they consider to be essential.

  2. Then ask: If you were to stay at a hotel, what items would you expect to find provided in your room? (for example, soap, shampoo, conditioner) Observe that travelers expect to find these essential items provided as part of the hospitality offered when they stay at a hotel.

  3. Say: In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus gives authority to the Twelve and sends them out, giving specific instructions about what they are to bring for their journey. Let’s listen carefully to this Gospel.

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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

Lesson Plan and Activities

SOURCE: The Religion Teacher

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