Creative Ideas for Children's Worship Year A: Based on the Sunday Gospels Year A

Creative Ideas for Children's Worship Year A: Based on the Sunday Gospels Year A

by Sarah Lenton

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ISBN-13: 9781606741450
Publisher: Church Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2012
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Creative Ideas for Children's Worship

Based on the Sunday Gospels, Year A


By Sarah Lenton

Church Publishing Incorporated

Copyright © 2011 Sarah Lenton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60674-145-0



CHAPTER 1

Script 1 "Watch Out!"

Advent 1

Matthew 24:42-44


THEME

Advent starts the Church year and Jesus' message is: "Get ready, keep awake!" The Gospel is full of these wake up calls. Jesus' countrymen, who had waited so long for the coming of the messiah, appear not to have noticed he'd arrived. And Jesus' friends seem to have needed prodding as well.

So what are children to keep awake for? Christmas obviously—not Santa Claus and presents (important though they are)—but Jesus' arrival as a tiny child on Christmas morning. It's also worth practicing being alert, you never know when the Lord might turn up ...


SET UP

• The liturgical color is Purple or Sarum Blue: highlight by wearing something purple or blue.

• An Advent Wreath.

• A box full of stuff for Christmas, put a Bible in and then add anything you've got—a toy crown, a lamb, some candlesticks if you're stuck, even a nativity figure, anything portable.

• Burglar kit: a party mask (preferably black), a striped shirt and a floppy bag or sack (like a laundry bag) labelled "loot."

• Somebody prepared to dress up as the burglar—a grown up or an older child.

• Letter with "Wanted" poster inside (from the CD-ROM) and a small Bible with the version of the Gospel used below slid between its pages. (This goes in a Leader's pocket.)


WELCOMEthe children and start the session with one Leader saying

Leader Okay, we have a special message from Jesus today—it is ...

All Leaders Watch out!

Lead the children inThe Sign of the Cross + (p. xxxvi).


INTRODUCING ADVENT

Leader This week the color has changed in church.

Depending on what you use to indicate liturgical colors in your church, run a dialogue along these lines:

What color did we have on the Altar today? (Purple or Blue)

What color was the priest wearing? (Purple or Blue)

Check out my socks, what color are they? (Purple or Blue!)

The church has gone purple or blue.

When the church gets into purple or blue it's a sign we're getting ready for something. Any idea what we're getting ready for?

Give some outrageous hints (I'm ordering a turkey next week, must get a tree, etc.).

(Christmas)

Brilliant, we're getting ready for Christmas and the four weeks before Christmas are called "Advent."

Advent means "coming." So in Advent we're looking out for somebody who's coming.

Anybody know who that is?

Take all answers—one child is bound to say "Santa Claus." Sum up by saying:

We're getting ready for Jesus, when He comes as a tiny child on Christmas Day.

One way to get ready is to clear up all the things we've done wrong. Let's do that now.

THE KYRIE Lord Jesus, you came on earth to tell us how much God loves us, Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you came on earth to help us say sorry, Christ have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you came on earth so our sins could be forgiven, Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Ask the children to repeatThe prayer for Forgivenessafter you (p. xxxvi).


THE ADVENT WREATH

An Advent Wreath helps define the Sundays in Advent. The children like lighting the candles—and love the countdown. Traditionally there are three purple or blue candles (for Sundays 1, 2 and 4), a pink one for the cheerful Sunday (number 3) and a white candle in the middle, for Christmas Day. Help a child light a purple or blue candle for the first Sunday of Advent.


OPENING God our Father,

PRAYER We thank you for sending your Son Jesus into the world at Christmas. Help us to be really wide awake this Advent, so that we will be ready to greet Him when He comes as a Baby on Christmas Day. Amen.

Leader Okay, we've started Advent.


BEFORE THE GOSPEL

Leader 2 My Advent started very strangely ...

Produce letter from pocket.

I got a letter this morning, listen to this.

Open it up.

Dear Name,
Bill the Burglar has escaped from prison.
He'll steal anything.
Be on your guard.
Yours sincerely,
A Well Wisher
PS I enclose a Wanted Poster.

Pull out Wanted poster and stick it up.

CD1.1 That's Bill the Burglar.

Yup, he looks very dangerous—I'll keep an eye out for him.

Pull forward a chair and the prop box and sit down to go through the props. Ad lib the following, depending on what you've got.

This is obviously going to be a very exciting Advent—I'll just get the props sorted out for the next few weeks—ah a Bible, and a donkey, and a star—I wonder who'll want them? A lamb, a crown, goodness, a present—oh, it says not to be opened until Christmas Day—a candlestick ...

Nice amount of stuff we've got here.
I'll have to watch out.
I'll put it all out.

Spread it on the floor.

And make a list—and, um, keep an eye on it.

Settle down in the chair.

If anyone sees anyone like that character ...

Indicate poster.

Just tell me will you?

Nod off....

Enter the Burglar, who flourishes his/her loot bag and steals a couple of props. The kids will go berserk—the Burglar hides behind the chair— Run the "Look behind you!" pantomime gag.

What Burglar?
Behind me?
I can't see anything.
I shall just settle down again and have a nice nap ...

Eventually the Burglar steals the last prop, takes the Wanted poster—and only then does the Leader realize that something is amiss.

Hey! Where's all our Christmas stuff gone?
It's been stolen!
Why didn't you tell me? (Uproar!)
Oh, did you? Well, okay—we'd better get moving.
Time for the Gospel.

Look in the prop box.

Good Heavens, the Bible has been stolen too.
Fortunately I always carry a spare.

Pull out the pocket Bible, open it and quickly scan the Gospel—then collapse.

Oh no!

Leader 1 I think I'd better see what the Gospel says.

Take it from slumped Leader 2.

Leader 1 Ah, yes, it's a pity we didn't read this before ...


THE GOSPEL Matthew 24:42-44

Jesus said,

"Stay awake! For you do not know when I shall come back. If a householder had known when a thief was about to break in, he'd have stayed up to catch him. You don't know when I am coming, any more than you know when a thief is about to strike. So be ready for me—stay awake and watch out!"


AFTER THE GOSPEL

Leader What does Jesus tell us to do this Advent? (Watch out!) Exactly, watch out. That's something we need to practice.


OPTIONAL ADVENT WATCH GAMES

What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?

The children advance on the wolf (who has his back to them), chanting: "What's the time, Mr. Wolf?" The wolf says: "3 o'clock," and they move three steps towards him, "8 o'clock," and they move eight steps and so on. They have to be hyper alert because when he says "Supper-time!" they run back to base before he catches them. Canny wolves let them get quite close. (Any child who manages to touch Mr. Wolf, before the dreaded "Suppertime," becomes the Wolf in his stead. It doesn't normally happen.)


Pick a Key

Blindfold a kid and put a bunch of keys just beside her: the others try to creep forward to get them, and the kid points in the direction of the sound she hears. Any child pointed at is out.


REHEARSAL

Practice your presentation for when you go back to church (see below).


FINAL God our Father,

PRAYER Help us this Advent
To watch out for your Son
So that when He comes at Christmas
He may find us ready to welcome Him. Amen.


BACK IN CHURCH

The children line up at the front.

Leader The Children's Church has been thinking about Advent this morning, and have come back with a special message for the church ...

Give them a cue.

Kids Watch out!!

CHAPTER 2

Script 2 "Repent!"

Advent 2

Matthew 3:1-6


THEME

Today the Church hears the message of John the Baptist and his call to repentance. The Bible uses "repent" to translate a Greek word "metanoia" which means "turn round." If you've done something wrong, go back and start again. It's a wonderfully simple idea and fits into practically any adventure story you can think of. This morning we'll be using it in the next thrilling episode of Bill the Burglar.


SET UP

• The liturgical color is Purple or Blue.

• An Advent Wreath (see Advent 1).

• Empty box.

• Burglar kit: a party mask (preferably black), a striped shirt and a floppy bag or sack (like a laundry bag) labelled "loot" (see Advent 1).

• The loot bag should be full of stolen property: a Bible plus some Christmas props, anything feasible will do—a toy crown, a lamb, some candlesticks if you're stuck, even a figure from a nativity set.

• Somebody prepared to dress up as the burglar—a grown-up or an older child.

• Pictures from the CD-ROM.

• Large colored marker.


WELCOMEthe children and start the session with one Leader saying:

Leader Okay, we have a special message for today, it is ...

All Leaders Repent!

Lead the children inThe Sign of the Cross + (p. xxxvi).


INTRODUCTION

Remind the children about Advent

Leader The color in church is purple or blue—that always means we're getting ready for something. What would that be? (Christmas!)

Exactly! We're getting ready to welcome Jesus when He comes at Christmas.

One way to do that is to clear away all the things we did wrong last week.

What was that special message again ...?

All Leaders Repent!

Let's do that now.

THE KYRIE Lord Jesus, you came on earth to tell us how much God loves us, Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you came on earth to help us say sorry, Christ have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you came on earth to forgive us, Lord have mercy.

Lord have mercy.


Ask the children to repeatThe Prayer for Forgivenessafter you (p. xxxvi).


THE ADVENT WREATH

Ask two kids forward. One to light the purple or blue candle for the first Sunday of Advent, the other to light another purple or blue candle for the second Sunday


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements, xi,
Introduction, xiii,
Setting up a Children's Church Team, xvi,
How to Use this Book, xxv,
Frequently Used Prayers, xxxvi,
THE SESSIONS,
Script 1 – "Watch Out" (Advent 1), 1,
Script 2 – "Repent!" (Advent 2), 7,
Script 3 – "Rejoice!" (Advent 3), 12,
Script 4 – St. Joseph (Advent 4), 18,
Script 5 – The Word (Christmas 1), 22,
Script 6 – The Flight into Egypt (Christmas 2), 28,
Script 7 – The Baptism of Jesus (Epiphany 1), 33,
Script 8 – Behold the Lamb of God (Epiphany 2), 38,
Script 9 – Fishers of Men (Epiphany 3), 43,
Script 10 – Wedding at Cana, 48,
Script 11 – The Beatitudes (Epiphany 4), 52,
Script 12 – Lights and Bushels (Epiphany 5), 60,
Script 13 – Staying Good (Epiphany 6), 64,
Script 14 – Turning the Other Cheek (Epiphany 7), 69,
Script 15 – Trusting in God (Epiphany 8), 74,
Script 16 – The Transfiguration (Last Epiphany), 80,
Script 17 – Jesus in the Desert (Lent 1), 85,
Script 18 – Nicodemus (and Noah) (Lent 2), 92,
Script 19 – The Samaritan Woman (Lent 3), 99,
Script 20 – Jesus heals a Blind Man (Lent 4), 104,
Script 21 – Lazarus (Lent 5), 109,
Script 22 – Palm Sunday, 114,
Script 23 – Easter Sunday, 120,
Script 24 – Doubting Thomas (Easter 2), 125,
Script 25 – The Walk to Emmaus (Easter 3), 130,
Script 26 – "I am the Gate" (Easter 4), 135,
Script 27 – Mansions (Easter 5), 139,
Script 28 – Jesus Packs Up (Easter 6), 144,
Script 29 – Staying Together (Easter 7), 149,
Script 30 – Detecting the Ascension (Ascension Day), 153,
Script 31 – Pentecost (Pentecost), 158,
Script 32 – Trinity Sunday, 163,
Script 33 – The Two Builders (Proper 4) The Sunday closest to June 1, 169,
Script 34 – The Call of Matthew (Proper 5) The Sunday closest to June 8, 174,
Script 35 – Jesus' Twelve Friends (Proper 6) The Sunday closest to June 15, 178,
Script 36 – Shouting from the Housetops (Proper 7) The Sunday closest to June 22, 183,
Script 37 – A Cup of Cold Water (Proper 8) The Sunday closest to June 29, 187,
Script 38 – My Yoke is Easy (Proper 9) The Sunday closest to July 6, 193,
Script 39 – The Sower (Proper 10) The Sunday closest to July 13, 198,
Script 40 – Wheat and Tares (Proper 11) The Sunday closest to July 20, 203,
Script 41 – Mustard Seeds (Proper 12) The Sunday closest to July 27, 208,
Script 42 – The Feeding of the 5,000 (Proper 13) The Sunday closest to August 3, 215,
Script 43 – Walking on Water (Proper 14) The Sunday closest to August 10, 220,
Script 44 – Foreigners (Proper 15) The Sunday closest to August 17, 224,
Script 45 – St. Peter's Keys (Proper 16) The Sunday closest to August 24, 229,
Script 46 – Take up Your Cross (Proper 17) The Sunday closest to August 31, 233,
Script 47 – Time Out (Proper 18) The Sunday closest to September 7, 237,
Script 48 – The Ungrateful Servant (Proper 19) The Sunday closest to September 14, 241,
Script 49 – The Laborers in the Vineyard (Proper 20) The Sunday closest to September 21, 246,
Script 50 – The Two Sons (Proper 21) The Sunday closest to September 28, 251,
Script 51 – The Farmer and his Tenants (Proper 22) The Sunday closest to October 5, 255,
Script 52 – The King's Party (Proper 23) The Sunday closest to October 12, 260,
Script 53 – Render unto Caesar (Proper 24) The Sunday closest to October 19, 265,
Script 54 – The Great Commandment (Proper 25) The Sunday closest to October 26, 270,
Script 55 – Happy Endings (David and Goliath) (Proper 26) The Sunday closest to November 2, 275,
Script 56 – Happy Endings (The End of the World) (Extra Lesson), 281,
Script 57 – The Wise and Foolish Virgins (Proper 27) The Sunday closest to November 9, 286,
Script 58 – The Parable of the Talents (Proper 28) The Sunday closest to November 16, 291,
Script 59 – Christ the King (Proper 29) The Sunday closest to November 23, 296,
Script 60 – Saint Spotting (Any Saint's Day), 302,
Stories for Children in Distress, 309,
Index of Biblical References, 310,

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