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March 12, 2023

Children's Liturgy of the Word


SOURCE: Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region

Ministry to Children

3rd Sunday of Lent (A)

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MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN: The story of Jesus and the woman at the well reminds us of a couple of essential insights. For one thing, we see Christ’s love for all, and desire that all would know Him and be saved. This reminds us that we want to share the message of Jesus with everyone. Another key element is the blessed hope that Jesus is the “living water” that will truly satisfy. This might be an abstract idea, but kids can understand the idea of being thirsty. In our lives, we can be spiritually “thirsty”, as well, and need to know that we need Jesus every day to survive.

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3rd Sunday of Lent (A)

OBJECT: Bottle of Water

Jesus Breaks the Rules

Jesus did not always follow the rules

At the end of the Children’s Sermon, give each child a half-sized bottle of water to drink after church.

Jesus did not always follow the rules, especially rules that told him which people he should speak to and which people he shouldn’t speak to. In Jesus’ day in Israel there was a rule that men should not speak to women in public––that means out where anyone can see. And especially no one––men or women––no one should speak to someone that most people thought was a bad person.

Well, in this story Jesus is talking to a woman in public––they are sitting outside on the edge of the water well that everyone in town used.

And the woman Jesus is talking to is someone who had done many things that the people in her village thought were wrong. Maybe that’s why she is coming to the well to get water at noon. That is the hottest part of the day, and she lives in a very hot country. The other women came early in the morning to get water, but this woman comes at noon. Why do you think she does that? [Accept all answers]. I’ll bet it is because she knows the other women won’t speak to her, and that hurts her feelings.

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The Living Water of God’s Love

Like Kade, who learned to listen to his coach about all thing baseball, Peter James and John learned to listen to Jesus.

Raise your hand if you ever been really, really thirsty.

What do you like to drink when you’re thirsty?

I like to drink lots of different things, but when I’m really, really thirsty I like to drink water. And our bodies need water, did you know that? Our bodies are filled with of water, and without it we couldn’t live – and so we have to keep drinking every day, don’t we? It helps to keep us healthy.

Wouldn’t it be great if we never got thirsty? What if there was special water that we could drink once and it would took care of us forever?

Well in this week’s Gospel story, Jesus is taking a long walk – and guess what happens? He gets thirsty. So he stops by a well and asks a woman there if she will help him get a drink. And while they’re talking he tells her about how God’s love is sort of like water.

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Planting a Seed

One sows, and another reaps

Think about a really good teacher that you have had. Maybe that person is a school teacher, a church school teacher, a parent, a family member, or a friend. A good teacher helps us explore new ideas and can explain things in a way that makes sense and is also interesting. A good teacher is a teacher because he or she loves to teach and wants to help the student be all that he or she can be.

Most teachers never know what the results of their teaching will be. It takes many years for you to mature and become an adult. During that time you will discover your interests and talents and decide how you will use your life. A good teacher plants a seed and years later others will see the results of that teacher’s work. This is the same idea as that of a farmer planting an apple tree. It takes many years for the apple tree to grow and produce apples. The farmer plants the tree, but others, years later, may pick the apples and make them into pies.

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