Children’s Liturgy Instructions
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B
Welcome children to their worship space.
Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.
Introduce yourself and your helpers.
Explain: Today is the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Ask: Does anyone remember what our symbol was for last Sunday?(the number 1 ) And what did it mean? <it stood for what we need to do to be what God wants for us> What is something that God would want us to do? Do you think it is easy to trust in God and do what he wants us to do?
Explain: Some of the things God wants us to do, like help others, make us stop and put what we want in second place - like if your little brother or sister wants you to play with them and you really want to play by yourself. It is hard to give up what you want to make someone else happy.
Say: Today’s readings are about praising God for the good things he does for us. Our symbol <hold up symbol - musical note > represents praise. Singing songs to God makes him happy.
Ask: Why do you think God is happy when we sing songs for him? <maybe because usually when we sing, we are happy too>
Say: Now we are going to practice the Responsorial Psalm, that part between the readings where you get to help. The Responsorial Psalm comes from the Bible just like our readings do. Today’s psalm is: The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. Can you say this with me? <Have the children repeat it.>
Say: Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Words of God.
Say: Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament, the book of Jeremiah. (Jer 31: 7 -9) In this reading, the Lord tells how much he loves his people. Listen and think about how it makes you feel to hear how the Lord feels about us!
Have the reader read the first reading.
Ask: How does it make you feel? <special> We are God’s special creations, each and every one of us.
Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm. Your part is to say:
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Say: Next we’ll have the Gospel reading. The Gospel selection today is from the book of Mark. (Mark 10:46-52). Today’s Gospel tells a story about a blind man named Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus trusted Jesus so much! Jesus helped him to see again because he placed his trust in Jesus.
Say: Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card) Alleluia! Alleluia!
Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”
All respond: Lord, let your Word be in my mind <make cross on forehead>, on my lips <make cross on lips>, and in my heart <make cross on heart>
Read: Read the Gospel
Ask: What do you think Bartimaeus did next? How do you think he felt?
Hand out the poster and Offertory symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a musical note). Remind the children to put their names on the smaller poster symbols so that they can make a poster together.
Explain: Color this symbol of the note and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!) to show that we have learned about what the Scripture tells us about praising God for the good things he does for us.
Ask: What can you do this week to praise God? If you can, write that on the back of your symbol.
If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.
While they are coloring, explain how we will go back into the church, up to the front with our gifts and rejoin our families.
Count out the parent letters and hand-outs to go home.
Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Today your children heard a simplified version of the same readings that you heard: Jeremiah 31:7-9 and Mark 10:46-52
To reinforce at home:
Today we talked about praising God for all the good things He does for us. Our symbol was a musical note to show our joy and happiness.
Activities to do at home:
*Pray together to thank God for something special in your day today.
*Tell your child one thing God has done that has always amazed you.
* Sing your favorite praise or worship song together.
Thank you for sharing your children!