SPECIAL EDITION #3 :
Children's Church @ Home
Hello Parents,
Below is Special Edition number three of Children's Church at Home! I hope you all are staying well and sane in this season in the wilderness!! If you're anything like me you've done your grocery shopping, sanitized every imaginable surface and by now have started to clean out the garage and pack away your winter wardrobe. Maybe you've even printed out a weekday schedule for everyone in the house to follow until things get back to normal. And oh yes we are watching those news updates and social media postings to stay informed and get great ideas to keep the kids busy. Confined to our homes yet we are still so busy!

You know, I got so "busy" last week and caught up in trying to plan out a new future, that I didn't slow down to see that Pastor Laura had changed her sermon. As you likely know, the student ministries at our church writes curriculum to mirror what the Pastors sermon is that Sunday. I was going off the plan we had before all this confinement chaos began. It makes sense that she would squeeze in a message about Goodness & Mercy to address what's happening in the world around us. This week Pastor Laura will deliver a message on New Path's.

Does that ever happen to you? You get so caught up in what you think needs to be done, that you miss something really big and important. I'm feeling like Martha must have felt in our story, today. Let's read and study it together and ask ourselves the question...
am I a Mary or a Martha?!




Courtney Blake
Interim Children's Ministry Director
Bee Creek United Methodist Church
512.264.2225
Children's Lesson Plan
MARY & MARTHA
We will follow the S.O.A.P. method as we do with the 3rd-5th grade age group on Sunday mornings…

S-Scripture
O-Observation
A-Application
P-Prayer

Don't miss our weekly dance party with a new song from my favorites list, at the end of the lesson!

Please adapt as needed to your age group, ability and resources.
S CRIPTURE

Jesus visits Mary & Martha. Turn to Luke 10:38 in your bible or read along here .



O BSERVATION

In the time between Jesus’ temptation in the desert and His journey to the cross, He travels from town to town performing many miracles and preaching. He stops in the town of Bethany to visit His friends Mary and Martha. Mary drops everything she is doing to listen to and spend every moment she can with Jesus. However, Martha continues preparing lunch. Martha becomes frustrated with Mary that she is not helping her prepare hospitality for their guest. She finally becomes so upset that she complains to Jesus. She ask Jesus if He even cares that Mary has left her to do all the work? Martha ask Jesus to tell Mary to help her! Jesus tells Martha she is worried about too many things. That Mary has chosen the important thing—to seek God.

You see, Martha knew the importance of being a good host. Martha was doing what was expected of her by normal social standards. She had a guest in her home and knew it was her duty to offer hospitality. What Martha didn't understand is that Jesus was doing a new thing. Jesus was not there to receive bread and water, He was there to offer them living water and the bread of life. Somehow, Mary knew. Mary dropped everything to sit at His feet. It seems to me that Martha was the type that followed her head and Mary was the type that followed her heart.

When Jesus came along, He changed EVERYTHING. Jesus came to teach about God’s love for us and show us the way to His Kingdom. All of God’s people thought the Messiah would be a great soldier with an army of warriors that would come to set them free from the Roman’s. They did not understand what Jesus truly came to do. Jesus came to set the world free from death itself.

As humans, we get used to the idea of how things are supposed to work. Sometimes we have to be reminded that when the Lord comes to do a new thing, that we as His children must put aside what we think we know and follow the path that He has already planned for us.

Our way = 💩

His way = 😇

A PPLICATION

Family Questions:
-Who are you in the story...Mary or Martha?
-What do you think the lesson was for Martha?
-Why is it important that we set aside time everyday for God?
-How can we help our family members to make time for God?

Always on Jesus’ journey He would stop to pray. His disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus thought them the words to pray,

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread 
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom 
and the Power
and the Glory forever,
Amen.”

LORD’S PRAYER CHALLENGE:
Practice from now until Easter Sunday and see if you can memorize the Lord’s Prayer. If you can say the whole prayer without looking at it, have your parents record you and send it to me!

Here are two activities you can do at home with the kids!...





P RAYER

Good Teacher,

Thank you for reminding me what is important. Help me slow down each day and take time to sit and talk to you. I pray that I will notice when you are trying to tell me something.

~Amen



DANCE PARTY
Join us here for our super fun dance party. You can also do freeze dance, another favorite of the kids!!


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