Ages 6 - 8 The Gospels - Overview (Schedule, Recipes, etc..)



AGES 6-7

This file is provided as a resource for Church School directors. Feel free to plug in your own dates and your own teachers.









     Special Notes

September  12








Nativity of Theotokos/

Presentation of Theotokos


Movie Night



Birth of John the Baptist






Outdoor, Parish-wide

October      3












Nativity of Our Lord


Meeting of Our Lord


The Three Kings


Movie Night

Flight to Egypt


Nazareth and the Temple/

All Saints Party





Memory Work: St.

     Simeon’s Prayer





Operation Christmas Child due

Dress as favorite gospel character

November  7











Temptations of Jesus


Movie Night

Wedding at Cana


Calling of the Fishermen



Memory : Troparion

Jar Decorating



Jewish Dancing



Memory Work:

12 Disciples

December  4








St. Nicholas Festival

Calling of Matthew


Woman at the Well


Christmas Pageant


Sermon on the Mount


10 AM-1 PM in hall







Memory Work: Beatitudes

January      2











Walking on Water/Calming of Storm


Feeding of 5000


Movie Night



The Good Samaritan


Parable of the Sower




Canned Goods

3 Kings Party




Health Kits

February    6











Prodigal Son


Last Judgment








Homeless Bags


March         5









Movie Night







Palm Sunday




Antiochian Art Contest




April           2











Marathon Movie Night

Last Supper






PASCHA: No Church School

Easter Egg Hunt


Rehearsal for Passion Plan/Musical






Memory Work: “Christ is Risen”  in 3 languages





May          1









Passion Play/Musical


Doubting Thomas


Camping Trip Ages 6-12


Myrrh-bearing Women


Road to Emmaeus



For Parish/Public???


Piggy Banks Due

June          5









Lord’s Prayer




Memory Work: Lord’s Prayer

Awards Ceremony




Classroom supplies: Each class is supplied with the following items:

Paper plates, small and large              Scissors                                               Stapler/Staples

Paper, plain and construction             Tape and dispenser                             Paper bags

Glue or glue sticks                              Crayons and/or markers                      Cotton Balls   

Popsicle sticks                                     Chenille (colored pipe cleaners)         Sharpies

If you use the last of something, please either replace it or let me know so I can replace it. If you need special craft supplies for your lesson, submit the receipt to me for reimbursement.

Books are available for class use. While each child in the younger classes will have a copy of the Beginner’s Bible, and it’s always fun to start out in your very own Bible book, many times we must supplement with the teacher’s copies of the Children’s Bible Reader, Read with Me Bible, Golden Children’s Bible, or other books. Watch the lesson plan for page numbers and details. Each has strengths and weaknesses: Children’s Bible Reader is Orthodox but no longer in print, First Bible has great pictures but not much content, Golden Bible has the most content and lovely pictures but way too long, etc. And not a one has ALL of the stories we need.


Teaching Schedule: We all know that there will be last-minute needs; trade with someone if you cannot teach on your assigned day and let the director know!


Insurance: Each of us must “apply” each year for our volunteer position of teacher. Please be sure not to send small children to the bathroom unattended and accompany your charges back to the Social Hall after class.


Opening Exercises: The Church School director will supervise this time, or delegate it when she is absent. Church School children and teachers are dismissed first from Liturgy; children come straight across for snack during opening exercises. These are an integral part of the curriculum – reviewing material from previous weeks, presenting additional Old Testament characters, rehearsing plays, hearing memory work, and playing quiz games.


Curriculum:  With each lesson, I have included True/False questions. These help to reinforce the lesson. Feel free to expand the list. There are also a craft ideas and discussion questions. The lesson plan is one that will work, but feel free to be creative. If you have a good idea for another way to approach the lesson, another craft, etc., go right ahead. Share your idea in writing for inclusion in the next version of the curriculum!

Hand Outs: Feel free to use the coloring pages in the Parents' Guide for each lesson as take homes to supplement and reinforce the stories of the week.


Movie Nights and Parties: We will have supper after vespers on Saturday night while showing a small children’s movie. Older children should bring a sleeping bag for a lock-in with “feature” presentation only for the marathon movie night. We have several of our usual parties planned: All Saint’s, 3 Kings, Easter Egg Hunt, and, this year, the St. Nicholas Festival. All are invited; please bring friends for an outreach opportunity.




                            CLAYS                                                                  PAINTS

SALT DOUGH                                                         FINGER PAINT (4 WAYS)

2 cups flour                                                                 Use pudding with food coloring!

1 cup salt                                                                     Mix liquid starch and food coloring.

about 1 cup water                                                       Mix 3 T sugar, ½ cup cornstarch, and

food coloring                                                                          2 cups cold water. Cook over

bath oil, vegetable oil, peppermint oil                                    low heat, stirring, till thick.

            Mix flour and salt. Add water                                      Pour into muffin tin. Add

slowly and mix with your fingers until                                   food coloring to each cup.

it makes dough. Knead in a few drops

food coloring and a splotch of oil (if                          SAND PAINT

desired). Store in air-tight container.                          Add dry tempera paint to corn meal.

                                                                                    Sprinkle over areas “painted” with white glue


1 cup sand                                                                   for a sand effect. Shake off excess.

½ cup cornstarch

1 tsp powdered alum                                                                          PASTES

¾ cup hot water                                                          PRIMARY PASTE

Food coloring if desired                                             Mix ½ cup water and 1 cup flour

            Mix sand, cornstarch and alum                                   in a bowl. Spoon into a jar

in large pot. Add hot water and stir                                       or squeeze bottle to store.

vigorously. Add food coloring if

desired. Cook over medium heat                                PAPIER MACHE PASTE

until thick, stirring constantly.                                    3 cups water

After cooling, store in airtight container.                    1 ½ cups flour

                                                                                                Mix flour with cold water until lumps are gone.

SAWDUST CLAY                              

2 cups fine sawdust                                                    Dip strips of newsprint in paste and mold around

1 cup flour                                                                   surface to be shaped. Air dry.

            Mix sawdust and flour in bowl

or bucket. Add a little water at a time,

stirring till it is stiff but pliable. Knead

till it’s elastic and easy to shape. Store

in airtight container. Air dry.



2 cups cornstarch

4 cups baking soda

2 ½ cups water

            Mix cornstarch and soda in large

pot. Add water. Cook, stirring, over medium

heat until thick like mashed potatoes. After

cool, knead on wax paper for 5 minutes. Store

in an airtight container. Air dry.

Nativity of Theotokos and Presentation of Theotokos




  1. Students should be able to tell the stories of these two great feasts.
  2. Students should know the names of Joachim and Anna and Mary.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


2. Read the story of the feasts:

            There lived in the land of Israel a couple names Joachim and Anna. Joachim and Anna were Jews; God called the Jews His chosen, or special, people, and had given them His law and His prophets. Through the prophets, God had spoken to His special people, telling them that He would send His Son to be their king. And through the years, God had given the Jewish people many mighty and godly kings, like King David and King Solomon. Joachim and Anna were from the family of David. But, their own lives were sad because they had no children.

            In those days, a family with no children was thought to be worthless. In church, Joachim and Anna could not give their gifts until all the families with children had finished worshipping. They were called cursed. Everyone thought that they must have done something very bad for God to punish them by not letting them have children.  One day, when Joachim and Anna came to the temple to worship, a very cruel temple servant told them to go away and not to come back until all the people with children had finished!

            Joachim and Anna left in silence. They were so sad. Anna went home, but Joachim went out to the desert mountains to pray and fast to the Lord. Anna stayed at home and also prayed and fasted. At the end of forty days, God sent an angel to Joachim as he prayed and one to Anna as she prayed. The angel told each of them something wonderful. God was going to give them a baby! Just like Sarah and Hannah, even though they were old, God was going to answer their prayers! Joachim hurried home to tell Anna the good news, but the angel had already told Anna. How happy they were! And, their baby would be the mother of the Messiah, the king that God had promised for hundreds of years.

            What the angel had promised came true. Joachim and Anna, old as they were, did have a baby. They named their tiny girl Mary. She was truly beautiful. And they promised God that they would give her back to Him to serve Him.

            Soon little Mary was three years old. She was traveling the long dusty road from her village of Nazareth to the gleaming city of Jerusalem. Her mother, Anna, and her father, Joachim, had promised her this journey as long as she could remember. It took five days to reach Jerusalem. Finally, instead of only dusty brown road, the travelers began to see the brightly-colored houses of Jerusalem. Then, as they came around the curve at the Mount of Olives, Mary saw the brilliant sun shining off the massive white and gold of the Temple. This was to be her home!

            That very afternoon, Joachim and Anna dressed Mary in her very best clothes. They were happy, but sad, too. They would miss their little girl so much. But, a promise to God must be kept. Would Mary be lonely and afraid? They walked through the outer court of the temple, crowded with merchants, moneychangers, and sellers of all sorts of animals. As they reached the inner gate, Mary saw the temple virgins – young women dedicated to God – walking up the steps bearing torches of fire. This was truly her home! She left her parents and confidently climbed the same steps all by herself. The high priest gathered her in his arms and blessed her. Mary would stay there, living with the other girls, learning to fast and pray and to be pleasing to God. She was so happy!

            The church celebrates the birthday of Mary on September 8. We celebrate her entrance into the temple on November 21.


  1. True/False Questions:

                         True                                                False

Mary’s parents were Joachim & Anna            Mary’s father was Noah.

Mary was born in Nazareth.                            Mary was born in Jerusalem.

God sent an angel to Joachim & Anna.          God called Joachim on the telephone

Mary climbed the temple steps by herself.     Joachim carried Mary to the temple.


  1. Review the story again, with the icons. Identify each figure. What was the role of each in the story? Ask the children: How did Joachim and Anna feel when they couldn’t have a child? How do you feel when people say bad things about you? Is it good to say bad things about other people? How did Mary feel when saying good-bye to her parents? Why did she climb the steps to the temple? Would you be brave enough to do that?


  1. Have a birthday cake for Mary, complete with candles and song. If you feel particularly adventuresome, what about the children writing new words from their story for the “Happy Birthday” song? White icing for her purity and blue decorations for her liturgical color?


  1. Make the Steps of the Temple. Take a long piece of construction paper and fold like a fan into 15 steps (or fewer if it’s too hard). Using the pictures on the next page, copy and cut out each figure for each child. Color the figures and glue or tape a Popsicle stick behind each to make a puppet. Re-enact Mary climbing the steps of the temple.
  2. Alternate craft: Baby Mary sock doll. Take a white infant sock. Stuff toe end halfway up. Tie string or yarn around to make neck. Then stuff next inch and tie again to make face. Draw on face with Sharpies. Then FOLD down top of sock to make cap. Blue is the color of the Theotokos, so give her a blue ribbon tassel and a little piece of blue felt or fabric for a blanket.
  3. Close with prayer.






  1. Children should know that Mary was the mother of Jesus.
  2. Children should be able to say the word Theotokos and know its meaning.
  3. Children should be able to say “annunciation” and know it means announcement.
  4. Children should be able to identify the angel Gabriel and Mary in the icon.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Read the story of the Annunciation in Beginner’s Bible, pages 266-270, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 164-165, or  Read with Me Bible, pages 252-255. Supplement, if desired, with the Golden Children’s Bible, pages 348-349. Review the story with the icon, identifying Mary and Gabriel. What is Mary holding? She is shown holding a spool of thread because she was spinning thread when the angel appeared to her.



  1. True/False Questions:

                            True                                                          False

            The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.              The angel Michael appeared to Mary

            Mary was spinning thread.                              Mary was playing tag.

            Mary was the mother of Jesus                                    Anna was the mother of Jesus.

            Annunciation means announcement.              Annunciation means birthday.


  1. Ask these questions: What was Mary doing when the angel came to talk to her? What would you want to be doing if an angel came to your house? Arguing with your sister or brother? Disobeying your parents? How do you think Mary felt when she saw the angel? How would you feel? Have any of you seen an angel? Why did the angel come to talk to Mary? Who would be the father of Mary’s baby?


  1. Make a Bottle Angel: Take a small dish detergent or similar bottle. Add doily, feather, or paper wings, a strip of paper folded for a book, a Styrofoam head with yarn hair and chenille halo.


  1. Close with prayer.



Birth of John the Baptist



  1. Children should be able to tell the story of Elizabeth, Zachariah , and the angel.
  2. Children should be able to identify John as the child of Elizabeth and Zachariah.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Read the story of John’s birth in the Childen’s Bible Reader, pages 162-63 and 166-68, or the Golden Children’s Bible, pages 346-350. We also have the Arch book “Elizabeth’s Story”.


  1. True/False Questions:

                           True                                                               False

            Elizabeth and Zachariah were very old.         Elizabeth & Zachariah hated children

            Zachariah was a priest.                                    Elizabeth was a priest.

            The angel Gabriel spoke to Zachariah.            The angel spoke to Elizabeth.

            Zachariah couldn’t speak.                               Elizabeth couldn’t see.

            Elizabeth & Zachariah’s baby was John.        Elizabeth & Zachariah’s baby was



  1. First review the stories of other “gift babies”: Mary to Joachim and Anna, Isaac to Abraham and Sarah, and Samuel to Hannah and Elkanah.  You can even review the stories in the Read with Me Bible or Children’s Bible. What gift did God give to Elizabeth and Zachariah? How did they feel? What did Zachariah say to the angel? Did he believe God? Do you always believe God? Is it hard sometimes to do what God says? Why couldn’t Zachariah speak? What were his first words? Did he obey God in the end? Who visited Elizabeth before John was born? Remind the students that Mary and Elizabeth were cousins.


  1. Have another birthday cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to baby John. Can you make up words like a Troparion to go with “Happy Birthday” about John?


  1. Make a craft: Clay Tablet (like the one Zachariah may have written on). Any of the clays in the recipes or a bought clay should work fine. Shape a tablet. Use a pencil to inscribe the words, “His Name is John”. Why did Zachariah have to write?


Close with prayer. Use the prayer that Elizabeth prayed when she saw Mary coming: “Rejoice, O Birthgiver of God, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Fruit of your womb. For you have borne the Savior of our souls!”




  1. Children should be able to identify Christmas as Jesus’s birthday.
  2. Children should know that Nativity means “birthday”.
  3. Children should be able to tell the story of the Nativity and identify the figures in the icon.
  4. Children should be able to repeat the greeting: “Christ is born! Glorify Him!”


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Read the story of Christmas in the Beginner’s Bible, pages 271-281, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 168-170, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 256-265. You can supplement with the Children’s Bible, pages 351-352 or Children’s Stories from the Bible, pages 131-133. Review the story with the children with the icon, having them identify the people, animals, and star and what each did in the story.


  1. True/False Questions:

                                                True                                         False

            Jesus was born in a stable.                              Jesus was born in a palace.

            Mary was Jesus’s mother.                               Elizabeth was Jesus’s mother.

            Joseph was Mary’s husband.                          John was Mary’s husband.

            Angels appeared to the shepherds.                 Goats appeared to the shepherds.

            Christmas is Jesus’s birthday.                         Christmas is Mary’s birthday.

            Nativity means birthday.                                Nativity means play day.


  1. Practice the greeting: Christ is born! Glorify Him!” Go around the circle until each child can say each half of the greeting.


  1. Make a class Creche scene and individual Christmas Stained Glass Windows. For the Creche scene, assign someone to make Mary, Joseph, Jesus, shepherds, and angels. Use toilet paper tubes for figures, with chenille arms and Styrofoam ball head. Use construction paper for the head covering and any clothing. Re-enact the story using your figures. Leave them in the middle of the table for later lessons.

Then make stained glass windows. Cut pieces from tissue paper and lay on a long piece of wax paper, overlapping as needed. Cover with another piece of wax paper and iron lightly.

  1. Close with prayer.


The Meeting of the Lord




  1. Children should be able to tell the story of the meeting of the Lord.
  2. Children should be able to identify Simeon and Anna, as well as Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the icon.
  3. Children should know what churching is and that this feast is its origin.
  4. St. Simeon’s prayer is our memory work this week.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with St. Simeon’s Prayer: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people, Israel.


  1. Read the story of the meeting in the Beginner’s Bible, pages 282-285, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 173-174, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 266-269. You can supplement with the Golden Children’s Bible. Review the story with the icon, identifying each character. What is the role of each? Why were Simeon and Anna there? Why were Mary, Joseph, and Jesus there? What is Joseph holding and why?


  1. True/False Questions:

                                    True                                                     False

            Mary & Joseph brought Jesus to the temple.  Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the playground.

            Simeon was an old man.                                 Simeon was an angel.

            Simeon and Anna were waiting for Jesus.      Simeon and Anna were eating lunch

            Simeon and Anna were god-fearing people.  Simeon and Anna hated God.

  1. Bring an infant baby doll, wrapped in a blanket.  Tell the children that each baby is brought to the church when he


    or she is a few weeks old.  Just as in the days of Jesus, the mothers and fathers thank God for their new child and ask Him to take care of their baby and help him to grow up as a good member of God’s family.  This is called churching.  Act out a churching, with the teacher as priest, and a little girl holding the baby, a little boy as father.


Priest: Let us pray to the Lord. O Lord God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, purify this woman, (name), from all sin and bless thou the child, (name), who is born of her.  (Make the sign of the cross over the child.) As Thou, O Lord, wast brought on the fortieth day as an infant in to the Temple according to the Law by your mother, Mary, and wast carried in the arms of Simeon the Just, do Thou, O Master, bless this baby who is brought here.  For unto thee are due all glory, thanksgiving and worship.  Amen.



  1. We bless candles on this feast day. Simeon and Anna were two old people who had been waiting a long time for Jesus, who would be the light of the world. We celebrate the light of Jesus with the blessing of candles. We use candles made of beeswax because God gives us His bees to make the wax. Sing the children's song, "This Little Light of Mine. " 


  1. Make Peanut People Finger Puppets: Break peanuts in half for each puppet. Draw on faces and add cloth or paper headcoverings, yarn hair and beards, etc. Practice telling the story with the finger puppets. Someone in the class allergic to peanuts? No problem. Take small strips of paper, tape into cylinders, and decorate in the same way as paper finger puppets.
  2. Another option if peanuts are a problem: Review all the events surrounding the birth of the Lord with the coloring ornament. Color all the icons, cut on dark lines, fold on dotted lines, and you have a cube. Hang on your tree or in a window!
  3. You can also use any one of many candle crafts. Take a week-long tall glass votive candle used in your parish. Color the icon picture of the feast and cut to fit. Apply Mod-Podge and attach to candle, covering with thick coat of Mod-Podge on the outside. Use it all week along with the icon of the feast at home or in your sanctuary. 
  4. Close with St. Simeon’s Prayer. Recite the prayer line by line with the children repeating. Or try singing it a couple of times like we do at vespers. Do it all together at the end with lighted candles.


The Three Kings



  1. Children should be able to tell the story of the three kings, or wise men.
  2. Children should know that the star guided the wise men to Bethlehem.
  3. Children should be able to name Herod as the wicked king who wanted to kill Jesus.
  4. Children should be able to name the gifts the kings gave the baby Jesus.

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer. Review St. Simeon’s prayer. Have the children memorized it yet?
  2. Read the story of the three kings in the Beginner’s Bible, pages 286-290, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 170-173, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 270-276. Supplement if desired with the Golden Children’s Bible pages 354-357. Review the icon of the Nativity. Where are the three kings? Add them to your crèche and review all the other figures in the icon and the crèche scene. Does the Bible actually tell us how many kings there were? (no)

3.   True/False Questions:

                                    True                                                     False

            Herod was King of Judea.                              Herod was one of the wise men.

            The kings brought gifts for baby Jesus.          The kings hated baby Jesus.

            Herod hated baby Jesus.                                 Herod loved baby Jesus.

            The kings followed a star.                               The kings followed a kite.

            Jesus was born in Bethlehem.                         Jesus was born in Baltimore.

4.   Ask some questions: What were the gifts of the kings? Why did they bring these gifts? Why did Herod hate Jesus? What did God tell the wise men to do?

5. Make king crèche figures and add to the class crèche scene (see Nativity lesson). Then each student can make paper stars; they’ll make great decorations for the Christmas tree.

  1. Alternate craft idea: Lacing stars. Trace the pattern on the following page with yellow poster board and punch out the holes. Give the students large tapestry needles and colored yarn. Have them go in and out, lacing around the outline of the star and then to its center from each point.
  2. Close with prayer.

Flight to Egypt




  1. Children should know how God’s angel helped Joseph care for Jesus.
  2. Children should know a little about Egypt and Moses.
  3. Children should recognize Herod as the wicked king who killed the children.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with Prayer.


  1. Read the story in Beginner’s Bible, pages 291-295, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 174-175, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 277-279. Supplement if desired with the Golden Children’s Bible, pages 356-357.  What did Mary and Jesus ride? Have the children pick the donkey out of the crèche scene. Who warned Joseph? Who wanted to kill Jesus? Why? Where were Joseph and Mary and Jesus living and where did they go?  Why Egypt?


  1. True/False Questions:

True                                                     False

            An angel warned Joseph about the danger.    Joseph heard a warning on the radio.

            Mary and Jesus rode a donkey.                      Joseph, Mary, and Jesus rode a car.

            Jesus was born in Bethlehem.                         Jesus was born in Egypt.

            King Herod wanted to kill Jesus.                   King Herod loved Jesus.


  1. Bring a small suitcase to class. Has any of the children taken a long trip with his family? What for? Explain that it was a long trip to Egypt and the Joseph family had to pack in a hurry to escape the angry king. Re-enact the story, having the children each pretend to put into the suitcase something that the family would need for the journey. What happened in Egypt? Review the stories of Joseph and Moses from the Old Testament briefly. What happened in Bethlehem after they left?


  1. Make Herod’s Soldiers: Take a toilet paper tube. Wrap it with a strip of red construction paper until it’s all covered. Use a thin strip of white paper for the face. Cut the helmet from gray and decorate with red feathers (like Roman soldiers). Cut thin strips of red for arms and glue on tiny white hands. Glue to your soldier. Finish by drawing in the face. Fancy? Decorate the “uniform” with gold metallic ribbon or braid and use chenille pipe-cleaners for arms to hold tiny swords or spears.


  1. Close with prayer.

Nazareth and Trip to Jerusalem



  1. Children should identify Nazareth as the childhood home of Jesus.
  2. Children should know that Joseph was a carpenter, and so was Jesus.
  3. Children should be able to relate the story of the trip to Jerusalem and Jesus talking with the elders in the Temple.

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.
  2. Read the story of Jesus’s childhood in the Beginner’s Bible, pages 296-302,the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 175-177, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 280-285. Supplement if desired with the Golden Children’s Bible pages 358-359. Why did the family come back from Egypt?


  1. True/False Questions:

True                                         False

            Jesus grew up in Nazareth.                             Jesus grew up in Bethlehem.

            Joseph was a carpenter.                                   Joseph was a priest.

            Jesus and his family went to Jerusalem.         Jesus and his family went to Florida.

            Jesus was found in the Temple.                      Jesus was playing tag on the street.


  1. Discuss the love of our families: How are some ways our parents take care of us? (food, clothing, a house, etc.) How did Mary and Joseph care for Jesus as a boy? (many of same ways) What does your father or mother do at work? At home? What did Joseph do for a living? What’s a carpenter? Do you help your dad? Do you think Jesus helped his dad build things? How do you help your mom? Do you think Jesus did, too? Bring in some wood; we have hammers and nails. Play carpenter for a few minutes.


5.   Reenact the journey to Jerusalem: Have children play the roles of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and caravan members. Travel from your classroom to the sanctuary.

            On the road to Jerusalem: Stop and ask “Why are you going to Jerusalem? What are you looking forward to? What do you see on the road?”

            In the Temple: Stop and ask, “What are you doing in the Temple?” Have the whole class pray the Lord’s Prayer together in the sanctuary. Jesus stays in sanctuary; rest of class moves to vestibule.

            In the vestibule, about ready to go home, ask, “Where are you ready to go now?” Are you happy about your trip to Jerusalem?”

            Camping in the playground that night, ask, “Mary and Joseph, what have you just noticed? How do you feel? What will you do?”

            Back in the sanctuary, ask, “Jesus, what are you doing? Why did you stay behind? Mary and Joseph, how do you feel now that you’ve found Jesus? Jesus, what do you tell Mary and Joseph?”

            Back to the classroom, ask, “Where are we now?” Did we have a good trip?”

  1. Make a scroll, like the one Jesus might have used as a boy. Use a pencil or a small dowel for each end and glue or tape on the piece of paper. Make several – each with a different picture of Jesus’s boyhood (carpenter, traveling to Jerusalem, in the Temple, at home in Nazareth, etc.)


6. Alternate craft: Make a "Jesus Left Behind in the Temple" Foldable – print on cardstock the doors with Mary and Joseph and color and cut out. Print the icon on regular paper and cut out Jesus and the elders with their chairs and the floor, leaving Mary and Joseph and the upper background behind. Fold the “card” with both short ends towards the middle like a door. Glue the inside of the temple with Jesus and the elders in the center section. Fold doors shut. Open the doors to see Jesus inside. Re-enact with Mary and Joseph opening the doors to find their Son. Cut the “roof” section to finish the foldable.