See what Jesus did.
Gospel: Mark 15:1-39
Materials: A piece of poster board; scissors; construction paper; old magazines; old family photographs; glue sticks. Read the Activity section before you begin, because you may want to make the cross out of poster board while you are talking about the reading.
Disciples of Mission Family Activities
Palm (Passion) Sunday
Holy Spirit of God, come into our hearts. Bless us and guide our sharing.
Listening to the Gospel:
Listen as someone reads out the story of the Passion in Mark's Gospel. If your children are old enough try reading it as a drama, with everyone taking a different part.
Discussion: Now talk about it.
With preschool children: Can you remember a time when someone did something really special for you ? What was it ? How did it make you feel ?
With primary grade children: When people do helpful or loving things for you why do you think they do them ? When you do these things for others, what are your reasons ?
With preteens: Have you ever done something helpful for another person without expecting anything in return ? If so, why ? What did tit feel like ? Has someone ever done this for you ?
"JESUS...ASKED HIS DISCIPLES. "WHO DO PEOPLE SAY THAT THE SON OF MAN IS ?
Jesus gave everything he had--his life--for us. We didn't ask him too; in fact, people didn't understand what he had done for a while. He didn't expect anything in return, either. This was a pure gift.
Remember, you can be doing thios while you are discussing the reading. This might be easier for children, because the Passion reading is rather long.
Draw an outline of a large cross on the poster board and cut it out. Then have everyone decorate it together. You cvan use crayons or markers to color it. You can cut pictures out of magazines and glue them on, ands you can even glue on photographs of family members. When you are finished, put the cross up on the wall as a reminder of what Jesus did for you and for everyone.
Memory Verse: This man was really the Son of God. ( Mark 15:39 )
|Closing Prayer: Holding hands, pray together.
You don't have to do it, Jesus.