Fun and games

One of our creative catechists shared a suggestion for introducing November’s classroom topic, the Corporal Works of Mercy.  Instead of just telling the kids what they are, have them discover for themselves through a fun and quick game of Charades!  Each of the corporal works requires a giver and a recipient, so pair up your students and have them draw their assignment out of a hat.  Remember, no talking – only actions!

The list has varied a bit over the centuries, but the essentials remain the same.  For purposes of the lesson, I suggest you use this wording:

  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Give drink to the thirsty
  3. Shelter the homeless
  4. Clothe the naked (or if you think that will inspire too much silliness, use Give clothes to those who need them)
  5. Visit the sick
  6. Visit the imprisoned
  7. Bury the dead

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