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Focus on the Sunday Gospel for Gaudete Sunday, the 3rd Sunday in Advent.

Use this unit study to help teach children about St. John the Baptist, the servant whom Christ called great. This lesson develops the theme that anyone can serve God joyfully, and it is based on the Gospel of St. Matthew 11:2-11.

People expected John the Baptist to be a powerful, rich man dressed in fine clothes. Instead, he was a humble and poor man who lived in the wilderness. Despite appearances, he was a great prophet who foretold the coming of Christ. Anyone can serve God, whether they are rich or poor. All that matters is that they are joyful, faithful, and truly love Him.

This fun unit study is suited for a CCD or Religious Education class. It may also be used for Sunday School programs or as homeschool materials.

This unit study includes:
-Student and Teacher Cover Sheets
-Student lesson Worksheets
-Inclusive Teacher Guide
-Be Joyful! Christmas Is Near! Poster
-Four Lesson Terms Word Wall Pieces
-Be Joyful! Christmas Is Near! Coloring Sheet
-Anyone Can Serve God Joyfully! Trace & Color Sheet in Manuscript and Cursive
-Write About It Notebooking Sheet
-How to Show Joy to Others Get the Gospel Trading Card
-Guadete Sunday Door Hanger
-Be Joyful Wristband
-3rd Sunday in Advent, Jesus Speaks About John the Baptist Mini-Book
-Order the Scripture Quote for Matthew 11:11 Game


Weekly Liturgy Lesson for Gaudete Sunday in Cycle A


There are opportunities in this lesson for Scripture reading, class or small group discussion, writing, drawing, and coloring. Teachers are encouraged to use the lesson and activities to fit the needs or abilities of students, or to meet the allotted class schedule.

Age: Gr. 2-5
Week: 3rd Sunday in Advent (Cycle A)
Focus: Jesus Speaks About John the Baptist, Gaudete Sunday
Theme: Anyone can serve God joyfully.
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
CCC: 523, 524

File Size4.37 MB
Create DateAugust 30, 2016
Category Tags   Advent     Joyfulness     Liturgical Cycle A     Liturgy Lesson     St John the Baptist  
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