For last night’s session, we had the kids assemble Works of Mercy mini-booklets as you see pictured here. Depending on the time available, you can either have the kids assemble the pages of their booklets or you can do this ahead of time. Given the short time that I have for the mini-sessions, I chose to assemble the (blank) pages of the booklets at home. I made 60 of them in about a half-hour while listening to CDs at home!
- each booklet is made using a half sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper. (click on each photo to enlarge)
- with the half-sheet in landscape position, fold it in half (horizontally) and cut it along the fold.
- with both sheets in landscape position, one atop the other, fold again (horizontally) and cut along the fold.
- you now have 4 sheets, approximately 2.5 x 4.
- Lay the on top of one another in the landscape position and fold in half to create the booklet.
- Add a staple to the crease to hold in place.
- Each booklet has 16 pages, including the front and back covers
Next, provide the kids with each of the following handouts:
- Have them cut out the squares for the Corporal Works of Mercy.
- Paste the title, “Corporal Works of Mercy” on the cover.
- Paste the passage from Matthew 25:35-36 on the inside front cover.
- Paste each Corporal Work of Mercy on its own page
- Flip the booklet over so that the back cover now becomes the “front” cover
- Paste the title “Spiritual Works of Mercy” on the cover
- Paste each Spiritual Work of Mercy on its own page
- The middle of the booklet will have a Spiritual Work of Mercy upright on the left and a Corporal Work of Mercy upside-down on the right.
The important thing to do is to talk about each work of mercy as they are pasting it in their booklets, providing and asking for real-life examples of how they can practice these works of mercy in daily living.