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Catholic Religious Education Lesson Plans for Sunday Gospel and Readings
Thank you to Laura Grace, from St. Nicholas Chapel at the Pax River Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, MD for generously sharing her Catholic Religious Education lesson plans and activities.  To share your activities and ideas, email with your suggestions.

Advent and Jesse Tree Activities

Activities from Books

Advent Adventure- Take the children on an Advent adventure. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and Robinson, page 6).

Advent Calendar- A take home Advent calendar that you make. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and Robinson, page 7 & 8).

Advent Guessing Game- Familiarized the children with some of the signs and symbols of Advent while having fun. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and Robinson, page 9).

Advent Prayer Cube- Introduce a new prayer each week during the four weeks of Advent with a prayer cube. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and Robinson, page 10).

Preparation Station- This game will help your kids understand what it means to prepare their hearts, minds, and lives for Jesusí coming during Advent season. (
The Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry, page 156).

The Waiting Game- This icebreaker game will help your kids discover that god delivers on his promises even when waiting is part of his plan. (
The Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry, page 157).

Activity Links
(*Note, some activities may come from non-Catholic resources) -
Advent and Christmas references. Click on Fridge Art, then Advent and Christmas.
Activities, crafts, coloring pages, puzzles, etc. -
Tons of resources listed that are available online to assist in the planning and development of programs for the Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons. -
Annie's Advent Page- Dictionary meaning, What does the Bible say about Advent?, More Information from The Word Book Encyclopedia, Compton's Encyclopedia tells us about Advent, Advent Links Page, etc. -
Advent activities. -
Advent activities. -
Advent and Christmas Crafts and Activities For Children - 
Background and Historical Symbolism, Candle "Names" & Symbolism: Meaning & Order of Lighting, Advent Wreath Making, etc. -
Advent activities. -
Prayers and Customs of Advent and Christmas- About the Advent Wreath, A Rite for the Beginning of Advent at Home, Daily Prayers for Each Week of Advent - 
The Season of Advent- The colors of Advent, The Spirit of Advent, Evergreens and the Advent Wreath, Celebrating Advent, An Advent Reflection, etc. -
Advent activities. -
Advent activities.

Coloring - 
Advent Coloring Book- Print out these 24 coloring pages with quotations from Luke (first 15 pages) and Matthew (last 9 pages) to reinforce the Christmas story. Color and read one page per day from December 1st thru the 24th. Put them all together to make a booklet you can read as a family on Christmas day! -
Printable Advent Calendar. -
Candle of hope.
Candle of peace.
Candle of joy.
Candle of love.

Crafts -
Advent Wreath Craft- Free Advent Wreath craft with templates.

Advent Chains

Advent Wreaths

*Topics for all games could also be people from the Bible (Jesusí relatives-Jesse Tree)

Bible Win, Loose, or Draw -
Use Advent words to play this game. (Example: Angel, shepherds, baby, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Lord, afraid, magi, gifts, star, manger, warned, candle, wreath, etc.).

Bible Tic Tac Toe -
Use Advent trivia questions to play this game.

Hangman- (Players try to solve the Advent mystery word). The teacher picks an Advent word that is written on a piece of paper out of a bowl. The teacher then starts the hangman game by writing a blank line for each letter in the word. Teacher then picks someone to guess a letter. (Write on the chalkboard the letters that were guessed that were not in the mystery word). If a letter is guess correctly, it is written in the appropriate blank(s) and that person who guessed correctly gets another turn. They can guess another letter or guess the mystery word. If the person is incorrect, another player gets a turn. Whoever guessed the mystery word gets to pick an Advent word out of the bowl and start the hangman game.


Advent Crossword Puzzle - 
Advent Word Search Puzzle- Here is a simple puzzle for children using the words of Advent. -
Advent cross word puzzle.
Feasts of Advent and Christmas
Saints of Advent and Christmas

Jesse Tree -
Workshop plans, suggestions for making ornaments, patterns
Jesse Tree family devotions- devotions to use with the Jesse Tree ornaments. -
The story of the Jesse Tree, making of a Jesse Tree, table of the Scripture Readings for the story. -
Background, suggestion activities, etc. Advent Index

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