Here’s what I’m planning for this coming Monday’s session:
Theme (from textbook) – God is Our Father
Big Idea: We can trust God our Father to protect us
The session focuses on how Jesus taught us to call God our Father and how we pray for the coming of the Kingdom. A king is someone who leads and protects his people. We can trust God to lead and protect us from sin. God arms us with the virtues of faith, hope, and love.
- We will go to church for the opening prayer service. This will probably take 30 mins. It will be an opportunity to pray with the other classes, with the pastor, and to reinforce proper reverence in church.
- When we get back to class, we’ll review last week by listening to the hymn “How Great Thou Art,” recalling how we discussed the beauty of God’s gift of creation.
- We’ll see what symbols the kids brought in for our prayer table.
- I’ll show the kids a family heirloom I’m bringing in and ask them if they can think of family heirlooms they have. I’ll explain that the church hands on to us precious heirlooms such as traditional prayers like the Our Father and hymns such as the one we listened to. We’ll use this as a segue into the text which focuses on how Jesus taught us to say the Our Father.
- We’ll read several pages of chapter 2 of Finding God about calling God “our Father” and what it means to say “thy kingdom come.”
- We’ll watch a brief segment of The Lion King to help us talk about the role of a king: one who leads and defends his people.
- We’ll read from the text about how God “arms” us with the virtues of faith, hope, and love to protect us from the dangers of sin.
- We’ll finish by doing the following activity. The kids will create a shield on which they will show symbols of the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love that God “arms” us with. Here is the shield I’ll give them (I enlarged my copies 11 x 17) – virtues shield. The kids will cut and paste 4 symbols onto their shields: one is a picture of Jesus, our Most HolyRedeemer (the name of the parish) wearing a crown of thorns as our king, and the others represent the theological virtues: cross (faith), anchor (hope), and heart (charity). Here’s the page with those symbols: Virtues cutouts
- Here’s what the finished shields should look like: Complete Virtues Shield
- If time permits we’ll listen to the song “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King” to focus on the image of the Lord as our king.
I doubt that I’ll have time for all of that given the prayer service but you never know!