For Kids: The Beatitudes | Epiphany 4 | Year A
Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Big Idea: We can bring God's Kingdom to those who need it!
Story: "The Beatitudes" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 284
Say: Let's watch a video that will tell us a bit more about Jesus' teaching on who is blessed...
Lesson Video | Sermon on the Mount
Ask: Can anyone tell me what it means to be blessed? ... Being blessed means to be happy, not to want anything more, and to be seen as special by God. That sounds pretty nice, right?
Say: The people who Jesus calls blessed usually don't feel that way. If you're sad, do you feel blessed? Not usually. If you really want something that you can't have, do you feel blessed? Probably not so much.
So why does Jesus say that these people are blessed? Well, one reason is that while they may not feel very blessed on earth, they will be super blessed when Jesus comes back! They will feel very happy and won't need or want anything anymore!
The other reason is to remind us to bless these people ourselves. If someone is sad, we can comfort them. If someone is in need, we can help them. Right? We can bless people here and now! So this week, try to bless someone by being kind or helping them! Do you think you can do that? ... Ok, let's sing!
Song for Kids | The Beatitudes Song
Activity Sheets or Play
After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).
End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started
(If you need more time)
Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.
Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.