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November 26, 2017 • Feast of Christ the KingDistribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Activity ● My Thank-You Prayer (page 4) Wehave many reasons to thank God every day. Helping others by performing Works of Mercy is a way to thank God. Have the children complete the activities on this page. Talk about blessings and the importance of saying thank you, especially to God when we pray.Closing Prayer Direct the children to form equal two lines facing each other. The leader reads the prayer below. Children in Line 1 act out the first part of each prayer; children in Line 2 act out the second part. The children in line 2 should always return to their places in line.Leader: Jesus told his friends how they should act if they wanted to be part of his kingdom.Line 1: When you see hungry people, (act hungry) Line 2: give them some food. (give food)Line 1: When you see thirsty people, (act thirsty) Line 2: give them a drink of water. (give drink) Line 1: When people want to join, (act lonely) Line 2: invite them in. (invite to join)Line 1: When people are sick, (act sick)Line 2: visit them. (greet and care)Line 1: When people need clothes, (act cold) Line 2: give them some of yours. (give coat)Lines join together to make a circle. The children raise hands as the leader prays: “Thank you, Jesus, for all your gifts to us. May we show our love for you and for others by sharing with them.”The children respond, “Amen.”Play and sing “Serving Each Other” (CD-1, #19) to conclude your session and prayer.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesBlessing Before Meals, Grace After Meals (page 30)Young children can begin to learn these prayers for before and after meals. Encourage them to begin to say them at every meal—either on their own or with their family. Praying before and after meals helps us remember to be thankful and to feed those who are hungry. This will lead us to take action to care for those who have less.Help the children to learn these prayers by saying one line and asking them to repeat that line after you. Start with the Blessing Before Meals. The children have likely heard and used it. Once it is mastered, move on to the Grace After Meals. The children will need help to learn the prayers, but most should be able to memorize them over time.Send copies of these prayers home with the children so they can practice and begin praying them at meals.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, pages 2–3.Live the GospelObjectives ● The children will: ●  CreateaThank-Youprayer.●  ProclaimtheWorksofMercyGospelusingcreativemovement.Gospel Activity ● I can do Works of Mercy. (pages 2–3) Gather the children in the work area and ask them to tell you again how Jesus wants his followers to act. Ask the children to open Promise to pages 2–3. Tell them this is a town where people really help people. Give them a moment to study the illustration, then read the title question and ask the children to find the people in the illustration who are performing each of the Works of Mercy. After the discussion, direct the children to cut out the four small pictures on page 3. Tell them to place one ofthe little pictures by people in the illustration who are doing that Work of Mercy and tape or glue it down.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Promise Weekly Review template.Use Activity #27 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming ● TG2-11The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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