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The sixth Sunday after Pascha remembers the story of the young man who was born blind.

Supplies:

  • scissors
  • cardstock
  • paper clips
  • scotch tape
  • magnet tape
  • crayons or markers

Print the main handout on cardstock. Students can color the handout, and each should be given an eye that is already cut out. They can also color the skin parts around the eye.  A paperclip should be scotch-taped onto the back of the cardstock where the healed eye will go. Then these healed eyes also will have a magnet on the back. The students will be able to use the craft to tell others that Jesus gave the blind man new eyes to see. They also should know and say that the man learned to see that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the pdf of the blind man.  This is the pdf of the healed eye.

This week I have a simple maze to illustrate the water that was in Jacob’s well.  When St. Photini went to find it she was given something much greater.

Click here for the pdf.

St. Mary of Egypt.

My time ran out, so all I have is a coloring page with a little text adapted from a post on Fr. Stephen Freeman’s blog.  The life of St. Mary of Egypt is so amazing, and could be done in church school in several ways.  I have an idea for a game and also a craft using magnets, but some of my ideas will just have to wait for next year.  Isn’t it great to go through Lent and to celebrate the resurrection every year.

Click here for the coloring page.

You could have the kids glue sand on the landscape to show that St Mary went to the desert to pray.

Well, for this Sunday which is the 4th Sunday, we are sadly skipping over the great St. John of the Ladder which could be a fun lesson, but we get to teach the Annunciation.  This feast is always on March 25th, perfectly 9 months before our celebration of the nativity of Christ.

This is a coloring craft to cut out and set up as puppets using a glue stick and a couple of brads.

Click here for the craft.

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the images on the thick outline.
  2. Place a bit of glue on the far edge of the tab on Mary, and wrap it around to make it a stand.
  3. Fold her feet up and let her stand.
  4. Connect the wings to Archangel Gabriel and glue him onto a wooden craft stick.
  5. Have the kids tell the story of the Annunciation using the puppets.
  6. Check here for more info on the story.

Click here for a simple coloring page.

Revealing to you the pre-eternal counsel,
Gabriel came and stood before you, O Maiden,
and in greeting said:
“Rejoice, earth that has not been sown!
Rejoice, burning bush that remains unconsumed!
Rejoice, unsearchable depth!
Rejoice, bridge that leads to Heaven!
Rejoice, ladder raised on high that Jacob saw!
Rejoice, divine jar of manna!
Rejoice, deliverance from the curse!
Rejoice, restoration of Adam;
 the Lord is with you!”

From the Vesperal Stichera of the Vigil of the Annunciation

Here is a little coloring page of Saint Gregory Palamas: Coloring page.

We are going to color the figure and glitter in the halo.  Then the picture can be glued to a piece of construction paper to make it a bit sturdier.  Add a popsicle stick to make it easy to hold.

Last year on January 10th, I read about Saint Ammon, the Egyptian Ascetic.  This year I again am struck by the words written of him:

 THE VENERABLE AMMON, EPYPTIAN ASCETIC

For fourteen years, Ammon prayed to God and struggled to conquer anger within himself. He attained such perfection of goodness, that he was not even conscious that evil existed in the world. He was particularly knowledgeable in Holy Scripture. He died at the beginning of the fifth century.

 He was not even conscious that evil existed in the world.  I love this concept.