Saturday, February 2, 2013

Feast of the Presentation of Jesus

This Sunday we are in that odd time between Christmas and Lent.  We aren't quite ready to start with the Lent lesson plans yet, so we decided to look to the calendar for our lesson plan.  February 2 marks Candlemas, or the feast of the Presentation of the infant Jesus at the Temple.

This event is the fourth Joyful Mystery when praying the Rosary, so we will use this as a chance to pray a decade of the Rosary with our class as well.

Our opening activity will be a mini coloring book from New Testament Take Home Bible Stories on the story of Simeon to introduce the topic.

Once all of the kids arrive, we will move to our Circle Time.  We gather in a big open space on the floor with a cloth (in the color of the liturgical season) with a candle in the middle.  We will tell the Bible story of the Presentation of Jesus, then pass out Rosaries and pray a decade of the Rosary and explain the Fourth Joyful Mystery to the Class.

For our project, we will have the students make "Two Turtle Doves", the sacrificial gift brought to the Temple.  DLTK Kids has a printable TP roll Dove craft we will use with our students.

How will you teach the Presentation of Jesus with your kids?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.

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