Mary and Martha
*Bible Activity: Busy Bee-Choose a leader. Have
the children form a line facing the leader.
Have the leader say either "Martha was busy" or "Mary was
quiet." When "Martha" is said, have the leader do an action such as
run in place or turn around. The children in line should follow the
leader. When "Mary" is said, everyone should stand still. The
leader may try to trick the others by saying "Mary" and doing an
action. Those who aren't tricked remain in the game and the round
After the game, tell the children the story about Mary and
Martha from Luke 10:38-42. Then choose a new leader and
*Craft: Quiet as a Mouse-Have children each fold a
square of construction paper into a triangle and stand the triangle
on the table. The point resting on the table will be the mouse's
nose. Have the children cut mouse ears from a different color of
construction paper and glue the ears on to their mouse. Help
children draw eyes and a nose. Give children each a yarn tail to
attach to their mouse. Remind kids that they can be as quiet as a
mouse to listen quietly to God's Word-just as Mary did.
*Snack: You'll need: Bread, butter, a knife, and
Directions: While kids spread the butter and honey on
their bread, *ask: Which is more nourishing-honey or
*Say: The Bible says that Jesus is the bread of life.
Jesus can feed our souls if we spend time with him. Busy bees make
honey. Honey is sweet but not very nourishing. Being busy doesn't
feed our souls.
*Ask: How can you spend more time with Jesus, the bread of
life, this week?
Close in prayer, asking Jesus to help kids spend quality time with
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