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Mary and Martha: Grades One to Three

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*Bible Activity: Noise Busters-Give kids a sheet of paper and a pencil. Tell kids you have a very important project for them to do. Then turn on a radio very loudly. Drum on the table loudly as you give them instructions to draw a map to their home from the church. The more noise the better so it's difficult for kids to hear you.

After three minutes, stop the noise and *ask: How did you feel as I gave you directions? How easy or difficult was it to listen with all the distractions?

Read aloud Luke 10:38-42. *Ask: What distracted Martha from listening to Jesus? What distracts you from listening to God's Word? How can you quiet those distractions this week?

*Craft: Don't Disturb-Give kids a quarter sheet of poster board. Have them each create a door-hanger for their room at home. Kids can cut holes in their door-hangers to fit the doorknob in your classroom. Encourage kids to be creative with the sayings they write on their door-hanger, such as "When God speaks, I listen!"

*Snack: You'll need: Bread, butter, a knife, and honey.

Directions: While kids spread the butter and honey on their bread, *ask: Which is more nourishing-honey or bread?

*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 him.

Contributors: Cindy Newell, Christine Yount, and Terry Vermillion

Click here for the Mary and Martha lesson for kids in Preschool to Kindergarten.

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