Writing a Letter
When have you found your voice and stood up for the truth?
Reflecting on My Relationship with JesusThe priests and Levites came to John the Baptist asking, "Who are you?" What was John the Baptist's answer? What does John the Baptist's answer tell us about his relationship to Jesus?
How would you answer if someone asked, "Who are you?"
Does your answer say anything about your relationship to Jesus? If so, what does it say? If not, how would you describe your relationship to Jesus?
Write or print a two-line response to the question, "Who are you?"
Try to include your relationship to Jesus.
Garden of JusticePrepare several flowers cut from construction paper. Glue these onto craft sticks. Write words of justice and praise on these flowers. Some suggestions include "good job," "you're great," "super," "share," "take turns," and "be fair."
Place the "flower sticks" in a flowerpot or window box filled with birdseed and place on the prayer table. Each day, pick one flower and read it to the children. Place this flower in a bud vase and explain that this message is the focus for the day. Encourage the children to practice the words of justice or use the words of praise all day.
The Light of the WorldIn the Gospel of John we are told that John the Baptist has come to testify to the Light, but he is not the Light. Jesus is the Light of the World for whom we wait during Advent.
Copy the star pattern below. Help each child cut out the star, trace it on a sheet of cardstock and then cut it out. Mix soapflakes in yellow poster paint. Have the children paint their stars on one side, allow that side to dry, and then paint the other side. When the stars are completely dry, punch a hole at the top of each, and put a length of ribbon or yarn through to make a loop. Tell the children to hang their stars where they will see it often to help them remember that Jesus is the Light of the World.