Lesson Focus: Lead our children (and family) to become stewards of God.
Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
- To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) as indicated.
- After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your children in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suite your family’s needs.
Begin the lesson with prayer –
- Begin by making the Sign of the Cross (CCB pg. 1992)
- Say the following prayer as a family:
Gracious God, inspire in us a generous heart. As it has been said; it is better to give than to receive. Open our eyes to the people who will receive our gifts so that we can see how we can come to their aide in times of need. Amen
- End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross
PARENTS: Your children will reap many benefits from learning about stewardship. By putting it into practice,this will allow what they learn to remain with them throughout their whole life. Here are a few of the benefits to keep in mind as you go through the lesson:
- Higher self-esteem by realizing God has provided them with an abundance of good things and that they have enough to share.
- Setting priorities by teaching them the difference between wants and needs.
- Responsibility by learning to help take care of others.
- Happier by opening their eyes to appreciate the many blessing they have.
Stewardship is the GRATEFUL response of a Christian disciple who RECOGNIZES and RECEIVES God’s gifts and SHARES these gifts in love of God and neighbor.
Which basically means…when we, as followers of Jesus Christ, see and thank Him for all the wonderful blessings He gives to us, we in turn share those gifts with others because we love Him.
4 Pillars of Stewardship:
- Hospitality -Greeting others; making them feel welcome.
- Prayer – Talking and listening to God.
- Formation – Learning more and being as Jesus wants us to be.
- Service–Love in action; helping others.
- Print and cut out the Four Pillars of Stewardship cards. On the back of each card write down one way you can apply this pillar this week/month. You can use ideas from our Parish website for service suggestions. After you have completed what you planned to do, write a note at the bottom about how it made you feel. Put these cards in a special place, and when you’ve completed all four pillars cards, print another page and start again!
- At Mass, during the Offertory Collection when we add money to the collection basket, we are fulfilling the fourth pillar (service) of stewardship. A suggestion would be to teach your children the importance of giving a portion of their allowance (or any money received) to their parish (their church family) to be used for the good of all. Have them place their offertory in an envelope with the family’s name and parish ID.
- Jesus taught his disciples that if they serve others without thinking of our own stuff first they can be closer to Him and be a true disciple of Christ. Let’s read about when Jesus taught about stewardship in the Bible. Read Mark 10:17-22 (CCB pg.1548)
- Print The Rich Man Story to read this week, maybe at bedtime or watch this video The Rich Young Ruler.
- Depending on the age of your children, do one or/both of these activities. For younger children, print Mark 10:17 Coloring Sheet. As they color, ask them to retell the story in their own words. For older children watch The Rich Young Ruler – role played (funny) and discuss want the learned.
- Recall the Rich Man and how he was good, but he held back. Confirm in your heart that you won’t hold anything back from God.
- The best way to implement stewardship is by making it a habit in your daily lives. Remembering the four pillars: hospitality, prayer, formation and, service is helpful.
- If you would like to explore this topic further, here are some suggested books to share with your children. You may be able to find most of these in your local library.
End the lesson with prayer –
- Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
- Listen to this song as a prayer, dedicating your WHOLE hearts to God. Main verse: “Everything I am, Everything I want to be. I lay it down at your feet.”
- End your prayer with the Sign of the Cross