"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." Luke 6:20b
God of transformation, you heal our troubled spirit; turn our hearts to follow our way of humility that we may find the blessing of new life; through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Use the information found below to discuss with the children what each of the beatitudes mean:
Pick from the activities below to find ones suitable for your age group.
Younger childrenOlder children
- Finish the sentence sheet
- Definition matching sheet
- Count my blessings sheet
- In my own words sheet
- Beatitudes story board
- Bumblebee Squishy Toy (warning: messy play!)
Have each child pour about 1/3 a cup of flour into the corner of a fold top sandwich baggie. (Can use a little more or less, depending on the size of the child’s hands and the size of the balloons.) Twist the bag and fold it over itself to make sure the flour is completely contained. Make sure there is no air in the baggie. Cut the neck off two yellow balloons. Have one friend hold open the balloon and while another friend puts the flour bag in the balloon. Hold open another balloon and shove the balloon with the flour bag in it into the second balloon so that the flour bag goes in first and is not exposed. Now you have a squishy, stress ball type toy! Use black permanent markers to make the squishy toy look like a bumblebee. Tell the children that this toy can help them remember to have BEE ATTITUDES instead of ME ATTITUDES.
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