6-12 year-olds – Maundy Thursday

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22_upper-roomA few parent notes:

1. Maundy is a real word that some countries use in their daily life.  When that happens, the church day is called Holy Thursday.

2.  Maundy comes from the Latin –  Mandatum.  Mandatum means covenant and is derived from this phrase: “Mandatum novum do obis ut diligatis invicem sicut dildxi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.”

3.  We are discussing the Eucharist today.  This is the gift of Jesus to the Church,  and it is a holy thing about which we are learning.  The narration starts out right into the meat of betrayal and moves on from there.  One of my personal questions was what tone of voice does Jesus use when he answers Judas’ question.


Jacopo_Tintoretto_-_The_Last_Supper_-_WGA22649Matthew 26: 21-30

Jesus: I tell you this: one of you here will betray Me.

Narrator: The disciples, of course, were horrified.

A Disciple: Not me!

Another Disciple: It’s not me, Master, is it?

Jesus: It’s the one who shared this dish of food with Me. That is the one who will betray Me. Just as our sacred Scripture has taught, the Son of Man is on His way. But there will be nothing but misery for he who hands Him over. That man will wish he had never been born.

Narrator: At that, Judas, who was indeed planning to betray Him, said,

Judas Iscariot: It’s not me, Master, is it?

Jesus: I believe you’ve just answered your own question.

Upper-RoomNarrator:  As they were eating, Jesus took some bread. He offered a blessing over the bread, and then He broke it and gave it to His disciples.

Jesus: Take this and eat; it is My body.

Narrator: And then He took the cup of wine, He made a blessing over it, and He passed it around the table.

Jesus: Take this and drink, all of you:  this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  But I tell you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine again until I am with you once more, drinking in the kingdom of My Father.

Narrator: The meal concluded. Together, all the men sang a hymn of praise and thanksgiving, and then they took a late evening walk to the Mount of Olives.


OK712I wonder if it was hard for Jesus to sing a song of praise knowing Judas would betray him?

I wonder if you recognize some of the things Jesus says?

I wonder why it was so important for Jesus to give the gift of bread and wine to his disciples?

I wonder what happens next?



6-12 year-old – Jesus washing his friend’s feet

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pgls-2John 13: 13-22

Narrator: Before the Passover festival began, Jesus was keenly aware that His hour had come to depart from this world and to return to the Father. From beginning to end, Jesus’ days were marked by His love for His people. Before Jesus and His disciples gathered for dinner, the adversary filled Judas Iscariot’s heart with plans of deceit and betrayal.

Jesus, knowing that He had come from God and was going away to God,  stood up from dinner and removed His outer garments.

He then wrapped Himself in a towel,  poured water in a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with His towel.

Simon Peter (as Jesus approaches):  Lord, are You going to wash my feet?

Jesus:  Peter, you don’t realize what I am doing, but you will understand later.

Peter:  You will not wash my feet, now or ever!

Jesus: If I don’t wash you, you will have nothing to do with Me.

Peter:  Then wash me but don’t stop with my feet. Cleanse my hands and head as well.

Jesus:  Listen, anyone who has bathed is clean all over except for the feet. But I tell you this, not all of you are clean.

6a00d8341bffb053ef0133f4b1a99c970b-500wiNarrator: He knew the one with plans of betraying Him, which is why He said, “not all of you are clean.”  After washing their feet and picking up His garments, He reclined at the table again.

Jesus: Do you understand what I have done to you?  You call Me Teacher and Lord, and truly, that is who I am.

So if your Lord and Teacher washes your feet, then you should wash one another’s feet.  I am your example; keep doing what I do.  I tell you the truth: a servant is not greater than the master. Those who are sent are not greater than the one who sends them.If you know these things, and if you put them into practice, you will find happiness. I am not speaking about all of you.

I know whom I have chosen, but let the Hebrew Scripture be fulfilled that says, “The very same man who eats My bread with Me will stab Me in the back.” Assuredly, I tell you these truths before they happen so that when it all transpires, you will believe that I am.  I tell you the truth: anyone who accepts the ones I send accepts Me. In turn, the ones who accept Me also accept the One who sent Me.

KENDALL-Dinah Rose_Jesus washing his disciples feetNarrator: Jesus was becoming visibly distressed.

Jesus: I tell you the truth: one of you will betray Me.


I wonder what made Peter so reluctant to let Jesus wash his feet?

I wonder why Jesus allowed the betrayer to come to dinner and even washed his feet?

I wonder why it took the disciples so long to understand that one of them would betray Jesus?


6-12 year-olds – Map of Jerusalem

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This is the original work created for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
This is the original work created for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  This work is 50 years old and is not historically accurate due to new archaeology.  

Calling all LEGO fans!   In our quest to help children ground their faith in an historical context, today we look at the city of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus.  This work is a precise work and requires concentration.  It is also an extremely fun work.  The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori approach to learning about Jesus, has created a way for children to recognize the historic placement of Jesus during the gift of the Eucharist and  Triennium.

I’ve created an underlay map of the city of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus for you to print out and tape together*.  Map of Jerusalem

Gather LEGOs, blocks, or cardboard and start building the city walls, the temple, and the places where Jesus frequented (or to which he was drug).


1. There are lots and lots of gates in the city of Jerusalem – we don’t depict even half of them.  I just chose the main ones.

2. During the time of Herod the Great he also built walls that doubled the city size and they extended wide around Golgotha and the tomb.  Another set was being built to the south of the tomb.  The first set encompassed a large market area with many businesses.

Fascinating site and Source:  http://www.welcometohosanna.com/JERUSALEM_TOUR/firstrevolt.htm

3. The city was divided into the upper and lower cities due to geography.  There is a rock escarpment that divides the two.  The lower city held poorer residents and the upper city contained very wealthy residents.

4.  The water gate is called this because a spring can be found just outside of it.

5. It is about 1/3 of a mile from the Praetorium to Golgotha.  (Walk or bike that distance.)

6.  An aqueduct carried water under Jerusalem.

7.  People lived in the walls.  Herod the Great actually built a huge palace into the walls and the Roman Antonia Fortress (Pilate’s home) is as well.




instructions*Open the PDF document and choose print. Look for the words “page scaling” and change that to say “tile large pages” or “tile all pages.”  Four pieces of paper should print out.  Trim the edges and tape together.

3-6, 6-9 year olds – Map of Israel during Jesus’ time.

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Today we add a very important piece to the mind of the child.  We add place.  We remind the child that Jesus isn’t a

Three dimensional map of Israel - the next step after the regions are learned.
Three dimensional map of Israel – the next step after the regions are learned.

fairy tale because he lived in real places in the world.  He did real things in real places in our world.  Today we introduce the child to The Map of Israel at the time of Jesus.

FYI: the little green dots are other important areas in Jesus life and teaching.


  1. Print out the master map (the color one)8.5 x 11 Map of Israel in Jesus’ Time Colored
  2. Print out the child’s map (the outline form) (enough for the whole family)Map of Israel in Jesus’ Time 8.5 x 11
  3. Print out the map of the world. map of worldcharleston
  4. Glue or tape
  5. Pencil
  6. Colored pencils or crayons
  7. Scissors


Invite the child to the table.

Today we have an important thing to discuss.  It isn’t a story of the Faces of Easter but it holds the stories of the Faces of Easter – and many, many more.

When God chooses to be far out in space and looks down on the Earth he can see the whole world at one time.  If God decided to draw what he sees from waaaaay up high that would be a map.  Would you like to see the how the Earth looks from wwwwaaaaaaayyyyy up high?

Bring out the map of the world.

This is called a map.  It shows us an outline of the world.  Do you want to know where we live?

Point to the North American star.  (Be prepared for questions about where relatives live.)

Do you want to know where Jesus lived?

Point to the Middle Eastern star.

He lived in a tiny place. It is so small that it is hidden under our star.

If we are going to talk about where Jesus lived we might need a magnifying glass.  But even with that it would be hard to see.  Hmm.  I know we need a better map.  A map of just Israel.  A map of what is covered up by that tiny star.  A map like this.

Bring out the master map of Israel during the time of Jesus.  Maps are a tricky thing to explain.  Don’t get caught up in it.

Point to the blue on the map.  (Yes, there are sharks occasionally in the Mediterranean Sea.)

There are several blue places on our map. This big, big blue place is called the Mediterranean Sea.  It is huge.  This other large blue place is called the Dead Sea.  I wonder why it is called the Dead Sea?

Wait for some thinking.

I read that it is called the Dead Sea because no animals can live in it and no plants can live near it.  It has so much salt in it that it kills anything near it.  Everything near it is a wilderness.  Do you remember what Jesus did in the wilderness?

Wait for it.  (The child may want to go get the pictures of the Faces of Easter – this is great.)

Trace your finger up the Jordan River to the Sea of Galilee.

This lake is called the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus spent lots of time here.  The river that connects the to seas is called the Jordan River.

Do you remember what is special about the Jordan River?

Wait for it.

The light tan area is called Decapolis and it was not part of Israel during Jesus’ time.  Jesus still visited there quite a bit.

The yellow, red, green and orange areas were part of Israel during Jesus’ time.  These four areas were controlled by a guy named Pontius Pilate.  The people who lived in each area were very different from one another.

The red one is called Galilee after the Sea of Galilee.  This is the area where Mary lived when the Angel Gabriel told her she would be having baby Jesus.  It is also the area where Jesus did most of his growing up.  The city that Mary lived in was called Nazareth.

Can you touch the green dot next to the word that begins with a “N.”

The blue one is called Samaria. Jesus spent time here, too.

The yellow one is called Petra.  This is where Jesus’ closest friends lived.  This is where Jesus healed the blind man.  He lived in a city called Bethany.

Can you touch the green dot next to the word that begins with a “B” that is inside the yellow area.

The orange section is called Judea.  This is where lots of Jesus’ life is told.  He was born in Bethlehem.  He went to the temple when he was 12.  He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. On  Thursday we are going to see a great gift that he gives to us.  He gave it to us in Jerusalem.

Can you touch the green dot next to Jerusalem?  Jerusalem?

See how the Jordan River comes between Bethany and Jerusalem?  See that green dot?  That is where Jesus was baptized. And this green dot next to the Dead Sea is the area where Jesus spent time in the wilderness.

You may need to stop here.  The rest of the lesson can be at a separate time.

The black and white coloring map is designed for various ages.  3 year olds may do well with just shading in the areas and maybe  gluing down the  Annunciation, Birth, and Crucifixion tickets.

An older child who is learning to write may choose to write the names of the regions of Israel or the Seas, or the Cities – or all of them.

Other children may want to cut the tickets off of the edge and match the tickets to the areas where the event happened.

Invite the child to do the work themselves while you do one yourself.  

Cleaning up is just as important as doing the work.  Do not clean up all by yourself.

What happens at Dinner

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tissot-jesus-speaking-treasury320x220Narrator:  Jesus spent Monday and Tuesday at the Temple healing people and teaching about how the religious leaders were not behaving how God wanted them to behave. The religious leaders got angrier and angrier at Jesus. At some point on Wednesday Jesus and the disciples left the Temple and Jesus went to teach them about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.  We pick up the story towards the end of Wednesday.

Narrator:  And so this is what happened, finally. Jesus finished all His teaching, and He said to His disciples,

Jesus:  The feast of Passover begins in two days. That is when the Son of Man is handed over to be crucified.

Narrator:  And almost as He spoke, the chief priests were getting together with the elders at the home of the high priest, Caiaphas.  They schemed and mused about how they could trick Jesus, sneak around and capture Him, and then kill Him.

Chief Priests: We shouldn’t try to catch Him at the great public festival. The people would riot if they knew what we were doing.

Mary-Magdalene-Anointing-Jesus-stained-glassNarrator: Meanwhile Jesus was at Bethany staying at the home of Simon the leper. While He was at Simon’s house, a woman came to see Him. She had an alabaster flask of very valuable ointment with her, and as Jesus reclined at the table, she poured the ointment on His head. The disciples, seeing this scene, were furious.

Disciples: This is an absolute waste! The woman could have sold that ointment for lots of money, and then she could have given it to the poor.

Narrator: Jesus knew what the disciples were saying among themselves, so He took them to task.

Jesus: Why don’t you leave this woman alone? She has done a good thing.  It is good that you are concerned about the poor, but the poor will always be with you—I will not be.  In pouring this ointment on My body, she has prepared Me for My burial. I tell you this: the good news of the kingdom of God will be spread all over the world, and wherever the good news travels, people will tell the story of this woman and her good discipleship. And people will remember her.

jesus-anointed-at-bethany-anthony-falboNarrator: At that, one of the twelve, Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests.

Judas Iscariot: What will you give me to turn Him over to you?

Narrator:  They offered him 30 pieces of silver.  And from that moment, he began to watch for a chance to betray Jesus.


I wonder how Simon felt about being able to host a party?

I wonder why Jesus did so much teaching?

I wonder if Jesus’ voice was tired?

I wonder what the disciples forgot?

I wonder what you think of the woman’s gift?

I wonder why this made Judas go to betray Jesus?

I wonder if Judas felt good about his decision?

6-12 Age: Holy Monday  – Jesus Becomes Angry

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rembrandt-christ-drives-the-money-changers-out-of-the-templeCrowd: This is Jesus, the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.

Narrator: Jesus came to the temple. He drove out all those who were buying and selling. He upended the moneychangers’ tables and the dove-sellers’ benches.

Jesus: It is written, “My house will be a house of prayer for all people,” but you have turned this house of prayer into a den of robbers.

Narrator:  Then the blind and the lame came to the temple, and Jesus healed them. Rings of children circled round and sang, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” But the priests and scribes didn’t understand. When they saw the upturned tables, the walking paralytics, and the singing children, they were shocked, indignant, and angry, and they did not understand.

Fresco in the cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Fresco in the cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Priests and Scribes: Do you hear what these children are saying?

Jesus: Yes. Haven’t you read your own psalter? “From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent, You have decreed praises for Yourself.”

Narrator: At that, Jesus left Jerusalem. He went to Bethany, where He spent the night.



6a00d8341c3e3953ef0168e87176a5970c-400wiI wonder why Jesus became angry?

I wonder why there weren’t any children at the temple?

I wonder why the blind and the lame came to the temple after Jesus threw out the moneychangers and dove-sellers?

I wonder how the children and the healed people felt with Jesus in the temple?

I wonder how we can be more like the children and the healed people at the temple?


3-6 year-olds Palm Sunday

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Today we pause from the Faces of Easter work.  We will pick it up again on Thursday with the Face of Jesus teaching us about the Eucharist.

Today we are telling about the entry into Jerusalem.  Focus on the excitement of the people as Jesus came into Jerusalem.

Items needed:

1.  All the LEGO, Playmobile or paper cut out people you have.  (7 or more)

2.  Find a “donkey” or make a donkey out of 2 clothes pins and a cutout body.

3.  Enough LEGO bricks or blocks to make a city gate

4.  Paper cut outs (or real) palms

5.  Paper cut outs of shirts


Lay a rug down. 

Today is a special day.  In one week we will celebrate the Mystery of Easter. Today we remember a  celebration that happened one week before the first Easter Day.

Jesus had been traveling for some time.  He and his disciples had been walking.  While they were walking, Jesus healed people.  People kept following him to see what he would do next.  He then came to a friend’s house.

His friend had died and had been buried in a cave with a giant stone rolled over the opening. Jesus asked his friend’s family to open the grave and then Jesus called to his friend,  “Lazarus, come out!”  Lazarus came out.  Jesus had raised him from the dead. The crowd grew and grew.

Jesus continued to walk to Jerusalem.

Build the city gates on one end of the rug.

People ran ahead and told other people about the healings and how Lazarus had been raised from the dead.

Put Jesus on the other end of the rug. 

When Jesus came into Jerusalem, many people came to meet him.


Set the donkey beside Jesus.  Put out your crowd on either side of your imaginary road.

His disciples brought him a donkey to ride into the city of Jerusalem.

Begin moving Jesus toward Jerusalem. 


They were shouting and cheering and telling Jesus that they wanted him to be their king.

Put down your palm branches and shirts as you move Jesus to Jerusalem.

They shouted out Hosanna which means ‘we want God to save us’ and then they took off their cloaks and cut down palm branches and laid them on the road for Jesus to ride over.


Sit back and make a show of thinking.  Finally say:

I wonder why people wanted Jesus to be their king?

I wonder how the other people who wanted to be in charge felt when they saw how much people loved Jesus?

I wonder after all the good things Jesus had done why some people didn’t like him?


When the wondering is finish, carefully put the pieces into a basket and put them on the shelf so the work can be redone.