Focus on the Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Advent.

Use this 27-page unit study to help children understand that God wants us to be zealous and prepared for His coming based on Mark 13:33-37.

Everything you need to deliver a CCD or Religious Ed lesson on the weekly Gospel is included in this packet. These materials could also be used for home catechesis or a Sunday school class as well.

Lesson Materials

Weekly Liturgical Lesson Student Sheets

There are two thematic lesson sheets that focus directly on God's Word in Mark 13:35-36. Additional printables are included for lesson reinforcement and fact recall; they include a Fill-in-the-Faces worksheet, a graphic organizer that focuses preparing for Advent and a lesson based cloze activity that reiterates the main paragraph from the student lesson sheet.

Weekly Liturgical Lesson Teacher Guide

The teacher guide includes a full lesson plan, which you may alter to meet the specific needs of your program or learners. The plan includes a Gospel focus sheet with the week's Gospel reading, vocabulary focus, lesson highlights and catechetical references. It also includes a layout that will take you from gathering, through the lesson to closing. As well, the guide contains a copy of all student content and matching answer sheets.

Lesson Extensions

This liturgy lesson contains fun activities or extensions, which are found immediately following the lesson plan pages. One is based on creativity and the other on game play.

The Play to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include a thematic crossword and word search puzzle.

The Create to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include: the Advent Door Hanger project and the unprompted mini-book God's Message on the First Sunday in Advent. Children are also encouraged to decorate their lesson cover page in a creative way, which is explained in the lesson plan.

Take Home Materials

Although children may take home all of their lesson sheets and creations, they should also have a tangible reminder of God's Word. This liturgy lesson includes a Get the Gospel! printable scripture trading card featuring the ideas on how to be zealous.


Age: Gr.2-4
Liturgical Week: First Sunday in Advent
Focus: Zeal as a virtue to fight off laziness
Theme: God Wants Us to be Zealous.
Gospel Reference: Mark 13:33-37

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