October 18, 2020

Pentecost 20 resources for at-home worship.
Today’s Reading:

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

–Matthew 22:15-22

Children's Chapel

For Pre-K – 1st Graders:
Have you ever tried to trick someone with a question? The Pharisees were always trying to trick Jesus. This time they try to trick him about paying taxes. Jesus responds by telling us some really important things about what to give and reminding us that God’s image is stamped on everything!
For 2nd – 5th Graders:
The Pharisees try to trick Jesus by asking, if God is the ruler of all, why are should they pay taxes? Sometimes people tried to trick Jesus with questions like this, but Jesus always had a good answer for them. Grab your worship bag, book of common prayer, gratitude notebooks, and bible as we learn how Jesus answered the question and what it means us.

Craft Activity

God jars
What you’ll need from your house: an empty and clean glass jar (a jam jar, salsa jar, or really anything will do) and some Elmer’s glue or modge podge. In each worship bag you’ll find pieces of tissue paper and a paintbrush.
  1. Tear the tissue paper into smaller pieces of paper
  2. Pour out a little bit of glue and add a small amount (1-2tsp) of water into a separate container
  3. Use the paint brush to glue the pieces of paper on to the jar. You can either overlap them or make an image (like a cross) with the different colors.
  4. Either use the jar to put in reminders of things that are God’s, or use it as a cool light to remind you that God’s image is stamped on everything (you can use a candle with adult supervision or a set of string lights).