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Best friends -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: For this exercise you will need magazines to cut
Resurrection -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers or Parents: Death is a subject we usually avoid
Producing good fruit -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: John the Baptist warns us that
Doves And Lambs -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
Teachers: This week's lesson uses two gentle animals in
Turning the world upside-down -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A
Materials:
The Nunc Dimittis -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Teachers or Parents: Simeon's story is a story about
You, Jesus, and God -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me" (v. 40).
Written for you -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A
The last verse of today's gospel reading says, "But these are written so that you may come to believ
The good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Materials:
Pleased as punch -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C
Teachers: Today's children's message is about a time when God was well pleased with Jesus.
Peace! Be Still -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
Teachers or Parents: Jesus calms a storm in today's lesson.
Be ready bookmark -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A
Teachers: This week's lesson theme is "be ready for Jesus'
Guided into truth -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
In this week's Gospel Lesson we read about Jesus and his desire to reveal himself fully to us.
Time, Treasure and Talent -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C
Parents or Teachers: The lesson today is about counting the cost of being a
You are beloved! -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A
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Palm prints -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C
Teachers or Parents: Use the text today to teach the children
Mark 10:17-31 -- Rich in so many ways -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Materials Different size cardboard boxes Ribbon Tape Wrapping paper
Lost ones found! -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Teachers or Parents: Share with the children a time when you
Parable of wheat and weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30 36-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Parents and Teachers: Help your students understand the
Giving God what belongs to God -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Materials Small, clean jar for each child
"He has risen!" -- Luke 24:1-12 -- Easter Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Amid all the secular symbols of Easter
The teacher's apple -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Teachers or Parents: Teachers are important to children and
Angel cookies -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Teachers: One of the main characters in Luke's Christmas story
Only Jesus -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: More and more, we are hearing that it
Bread from heaven -- John 6:51-58 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Materials 7 pieces of white bread, without crust Medium-sized bowl

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Love not Judgment -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus says we cannot tell who is in his family and who is not so treat all with lo
Loving Service Honors Our King -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2014
The Point: We serve our king Jesus by serving others.
Guide to Heaven -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to know what the kingdom of heaven is like.
A Thanks-Giving Life -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2014
The Point: Thanksgiving Day reminds us to live a "thanks giving life."
Great Things from Small Offerings -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to work together to spread the kingdom of God.
Be Prepared! -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
The Point: As we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth on December 25, our preparation for his re
Jesus Helps -- Matthew 14:22-33 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus is God's Son.
Good News Banners -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Good News BannersObject: a church banner
Faith in Jesus -- Matthew 15:21-28 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
The Point: put your faith in the right place
A Witness for Jesus -- John 1:6-8, 19-28 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
Object: a driver's license (or other form of ID)
What the Heart Knows -- Luke 24:13-35 -- Anna Shirey -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
God's Son -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to understand who he is and why he came to earth.
A Servant of the Lord -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
The Point: We are to be servants of Jesus.
The Source of Living Water -- John 4:5-42 -- Anna Shirey -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
Jesus' Team -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to follow him and not just say we believe.
An Angel of Christmas -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2014
Object: a treetop angel
The Bravery of Sight -- John 9:1-41 -- Anna Shirey -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
One in Jesus as a Church Family! -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2014
The Point: As a member of Jesus' family of faith we need to work to keep our unity.
Sharing the Good News of Christmas -- Luke 2:22-40 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2014
Object: a Christmas card with a message of Jesus as Savior
The Learning Curve -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Anna Shirey -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
Fix by Forgiving -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2014
The Point: We forgive because Jesus forgives us.
Jesus Came to Save -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday after Christmas - B -- 2014
The Point: The law reveals that we need a Savior.
Let Your Light Shine -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Anna Shirey -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
Actions Reflect Our Words -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2014
The Point: Words alone are not enough. Action is needed.
The Good News of Jesus for All -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2014
The Point: Jesus came with the message of salvation to all people.
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