Bible Texts:

Luke 2:41-52


Children's Bible Story sources:

"Jesus Is Found in the Temple,DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.200

"The Boy at the Temple," Spark Story Bible, p.214

"Jesus in the Temple,” DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.221

“Jesus is Lost!,” The Beginner's Bible, p.296

“Jesus in the Temple,” The Usborne Children's Bible, p.88

“The Lost Boy,” The Lion Bible for Children, p.223

"Jesus is Lost and Found," A First Bible Story Book, p.62


Children's Story Resources

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Sal and her mother are picking blueberries for the winter, but when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter. Meanwhile, Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?

How these stories are connected: Jesus’ parents, Sal’s mother, and mother bear are all upset when they notice their children are missing. The children, however, are doing just fine without them: Jesus is teaching and making friends in the temple and Sal and baby bear are finding berries.


Questions about Blueberries for Sal:

     Why did Sal's mother want to pick blueberries?

     What did Sal do with the berries she picked?

     How did Sal get lost? Where did Sal's mother find her?


Questions about the Bible story:

     Why did Mary and Joseph take Jesus to Jerusalem?

     When did they realize Jesus was missing?

     Where did they find him? What did he tell them?


Questions about our lives:

     Why is it a good idea to let our parents know where we are?

     Why should we listen to Jesus?



Dear Jesus, thank you for being so smart and for loving us. Help us to search for you and listen to you. Amen.