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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will identify ways they serve people in need.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Serving Each Other” (CD-1, #19) to begin your class session.Gathering Prayer “Jesus, you taught us by your example that we are to serve others. Help us to always look for ways we can help others.” The children respond, “Amen.”Story ● The Thank-You Box Remain in the circle. Introduce today’s story to the children:I am going to tell you a story about two brothers named Dalton and Drew. I want you to pretend that you are Dalton as I read this story. Think about how you would feel and what you might say. Now listen carefully as I tell you the story:Dalton Nelson had a problem. His brother Drew had made a project for his sixth-grade religion class. It was a Thank-You Box. On one side of a big cardboard box, Drew had drawn pictures of all kinds of food. On the other side, he drew pictures of mittens and hats, shoes and sweaters. On one end of the box, Drew had drawn a pictureof a phone—just like the one Dalton had—and a soccer ball and hockey skates. Drew wrote “Thank You, God” in big letters on the other end of the box. Dalton helped him color the letters.But now that the box was finished, Dalton had a problem. Drew wanted Dalton to put some of his own things in the box, and Dalton didn’t want to. “You have two soccer balls,” Drew said to Dalton. “Put one of them in the box. We will take the box to church. Father Bill will give the things in the box to a family that doesn’t have toys or clothes.” Dalton made a face. “What if my other soccer ball getsa hole in it?” he asked. “Then I won’t have any at all.” (Ask: Can you show me with your faces how Dalton is feeling?)Drew pointed to the picture of the sweater he had drawn on the box. “What about your hockey sweater from last year?” Drew said. “It doesn’t fit you anymore. It’s just lying on the floor in your closet.” Dalton said, “That’s my favorite sweater. You can’t take that.”Just then, Mom came in the room. “No one is going to take anything away from you, Dalton,” Mom said, “but I did find all these jackets and mittens and hats in the hall closet. Let’s see which ones you will wear this year. You can choose what you want to put in the Thank-You Box. Then we will go to the kitchen and the family room and find food and toys for the box too. Is that okay?” (Ask: What might Dalton say to his mom?) Dalton went with Mom. Soon he felt happy and excited that the Thank-You Box was full. (Ask: Can you show me with your faces how Dalton feels now?)Ask: Why didn’t Dalton want to put his things in the box in the beginning of the story? How did Dalton feel about sharing his clothes and toys at the end of the story? What do you have that you could share with someone who doesn’t have as much?Activity ● Stretch and Sing Move to an area where the children can stretch out their arms and not touch another child. Lead them in singing and moving to “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6).Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will identify caring actions.Play and sing“Gospel Acclamation”(CD-2, #24) to preparefor the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel ● The Works of Mercy Explain to the children that Jesus’ friends were always asking him who would be in his kingdom. One day, Jesus decided to make the answer very clear. He told his friends about the Works of Mercy. Mercy means helping people who need help.Jesus told his friends that he would not stay with them forever. “But,” Jesus said, “I will come back. And when I do, I will gather all the people of the world together. I will say to some of them, ‘Come and be in my kingdom with me. I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I didn’t have clothes, and you gave me some.’ These people will be surprised. They will say, ‘Jesus, when did we see you hungry and give you something to eat? When did we see you thirsty and give you a drink? Whendid we visit you when you were sick? When did we see you needed clothes and give you some? When did we welcome you?’ Then I will tell them,” Jesus said, “whenever you did these things for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did them for me.”Ask: What ideas for helping others did Jesus give us in the story? Read the Gospel again to remind them of any they might not have remembered. Have them count how many ideas Jesus gave. Ask: When have you given food to other people?Cover Activity ● What does Jesus want us to do? (page 1) Move to the work area, distribute Promise, and ask the children to look at the cover. Ask: What do you see? Are any of the people acting like Drew and Dalton’s family? What other sharing things are happening? Call attention to Jesus and read aloud his words. Ask: What does Jesus mean when he says “these things”? Read the list above Jesus’ head. Distribute pencils and have the children draw lines from the sentences to the illustrations that match.TG2-10What does Jesus want us to do?Feed hungry people. Give thirsty people a drink. Share clothes. Welcome new people. Visit sick people. Give shelter to the homeless. Visit thosein prison. Bury the dead.When you do these things for anyone, you do them for me.Draw a line from what Jesus wants us to do to what is happening in each picture.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramNovember 26, 2017Feast of Christ the King

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