Last night, we spent the evening getting to know Jesus better. Here are some highlights.
- First we had a fire drill..all went well.
- I began by playing our “song of the week” – Shania Twain’s “Wanna Get to Know You.” (see yesterday’s post for some of the lyrics)
- I talked about how 2 people in love want to get to know one another and explained that this is our theme for the evening: we want to get to know Jesus because of our love for him and his love for us.
- I arranged the kids in pairs and assigned them to one of the five topics on Jesus: the world of Jesus, the words of Jesus, the miracles of Jesus, the people of Jesus, and the death and resurrection of Jesus.
- The kids worked for about 20 minutes making their posters (using the info I provided them with…click on the 5 topics above) and then looking over the information to prepare short presentations.
- Each group then took about 3 to 5 minutes to present their poster to the large group, providing a brief summary of their topic.
- As each group presented, the other kids recorded at least 3 to 5 pieces of information into a little booklet I provided them titled Jesus: Wanna Get to Know You.
- The presentations went nicely (once we got past the pair of gigglers). The presentations were by no means stellar, but I appreciated the attitude the kids had – they approached the project with respect and seemed very sincere in sharing the information as they understood it.
- We even had some nice discussion after each poster presentation. I provided a brief summary of what we just heard about each poster and filled in some of the “cracks” and it resulted in kids asking some good questions about Jesus. They seemed particularly interested in Jesus’ healings, the fact that he associated with outcasts, the notion that he called God the Father “Abba” (Papa) and told us to do the same, and the details of his crucifixion.
In all, a productive and constructive evening that hopefully brought us all just a bit closer to Christ!
P.S. The other day in Joliet, I had a chance to chat with Fr. Don Senior, president of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and prolific author and speaker. I told Fr. Don that I was doing a session with my 8th graders that was inspired by his book Jesus: A Gospel Portrait and he seemed genuinely delighted to know that his work was making an impact on our young people!