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Teaching GuideOVERVIEWIn Sunday’s Gospel two of Jesus’ friends recognize him when he breaks bread and gives it to them. Promise helps children recognize Jesus is present with us today—in stories about him, in the Eucharist, in the people who gather to remember him, in the priest.MATERIALS: Crayons, pencils or markers, scissors, hole punch, one length of yarn for each child, Bible. Separate pages 1-2 of Promise from pages 3-4 before class begins.SHARING LIFE STORIESOBJECTIVE: The children will recognize that we know something about people by the hats they wear.1. GATHER AND SING Gather the children in the singing area, standing in a line. Use the Easter song you learned earlier to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?” and add actions—Alleluia! Alleluia! (Girls step forward and twirl.)Is our song. Is our song. (Boys step forward and frame mouths with hands, like a megaphone.)We are Easter people. We are Easter people. (All bow.) Sing along. Sing along. (Join hands and sway.)2. OPENING PRAYER Ask the children to remain standing in the circle while you say the following prayer. They respond, “Amen.”Loving God, thank you for all the new life we see in spring. Thank you for our families at home and for our family hereat church (or school). Help us to learn more about your Son, Jesus, today. Help us to be kind and loving to each other.3. STORY: The Hat Lady Tell the children the title of today’s story. Ask what they think this lady will be like. Accept all answers and then invite them to listen to the story to get to know her—The first graders always went to the library for story hour on Tuesday mornings. They loved Mrs. Sullivan, the librarian. She was the best teacher ever. All the children in the school called her the Hat Lady. Every time she read or told a story to children, she wore a hat that went with the story. When she read Dr. Seuss books, she wore a tall red hat like the Cat in the Hat or a red hat with a feather like Bartholomew Cubbins. She wore hats that looked like crowns when she told stories about princes and princesses. Each week the children wondered what story Mrs. Sullivan would read and what kind of hat she would be wearing.But this Tuesday when the first graders arrived at the library, there was a note taped to the door. “Mrs. Sullivan fell down the steps and broke her leg,” the sign said. “There will be no story hour until she is better.” The children were very disappointed and very sad for Mrs. Sullivan. “What canApril 30, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of EasterSunday Readings: Acts 2.14, 22-33; 1 Peter 1.17-21; Luke 24.13-35we do to help her get better fast?” they asked their teacher, Ms. Flynn. Ms. Flynn said, “I think people get better more quickly when they are happy. Let’s do something silly for Mrs. Sullivan.” The children giggled. They liked Ms. Flynn’s ideaa lot. “You know what,” Gemma said. “We could make silly hats and give them to her. Then when she comes back, she will have a new hat for every story day.” Everyone agreed that Gemma had a good idea. They made beautiful hats for Mrs. Sullivan and silly hats and hats that went with their favorite books. They used newspaper and paper bags, paper plates and ribbons, bells and sparkles and buttons and yarn.When all the hats were ready, the children put them on and followed Ms. Flynn across the park to Mrs. Sullivan’s house. She was sitting by the window, waiting for them. The children walked down the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Sullivan’s house very slowly, making sure she had plenty of time to admire each hat. Then they turned around and walked past her window again. Mrs. Sullivan smiled and waved at every child. In just two weeks, Mrs. Sullivan was back, and she wore every one of her hats for story hour.Ask: What do the children like about Mrs. Sullivan? She tells them stories, acts silly and wears hats that go with the stories, makes the library a fun place for children. When the children see funny hats, they think of Mrs. Sullivan.4. CREATIVE MOVEMENT Gather standing in the open area. Ask the children to imagine they are cowboys and cowgirls and pretend they are each putting on a big western hat. Then ask them to walk around the circle like someone who wears a hat like that. Next, ask them to pretend they have a hat like a firefighter. What does that look like and feel like? Have them put on the firefighter hat and pretend they are hosing downa big tall fire. Do the same with a bus driver hat, a baseball player hat, a chef hat. Help the children recognize we know something about people by the hats they wear. Conclude by asking the children to put on an imaginary hat they want to wear to church and follow you to the Gospel area.LISTENING TO THE GOSPELOBJECTIVE: The children will dramatize the Gospel story.5. GOSPEL STORYTELLING: Jesus is Risen Gather the children in the story circle. Recall the events of Easter Sunday—how Jesus’ friends discovered Jesus had risen from the dead.Distribute pages 1-2 of Promise. As the children look at the cover, tell them this story tells what happened to two of Jesus’ friends after he died and before they discovered God had raised him from the dead. Point out the city of Jerusalem at upper right. Ask the children to follow with their fingers as you tell them the story—TG4-16

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