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GOSPEL THEME: Jesus heals a blind man.the man’s eyes. “Now, go and wash your eyes,” Jesus said. The man did what Jesus said, and suddenly he could see! He walked through the streets of Jerusalem filled with joy and wonder. His friends could not believe he could see. Some people said, “This fellow only looks like the man who used to be blind. It can’t really be him.” But the man said, “I am the man who was blind. Jesus healed me.”One day Jesus met the man again. “Do you believe in me?” Jesus asked the man who used to be blind. “Yes, I do, Jesus,” the man answered. “I believe you are the one God has sent to us.” Both Jesus and the man were very happy.Ask the children how the blind man felt when he could see. What did he want to see most when he was healed? What person or persons would he most want to see? Why did he trust Jesus when Jesus put mud on his eyes?7. GOSPEL CREATIVE DRAMA Ask the children to stand. Have them show you with their faces how the blind man felt before he could see and how he felt after he could see. Make an imaginary road in the open space. Have the children sit along both sides of the road and close their eyes. You will pretend to be Jesus, and you will heal them. Tell them to think of one thing they most want to see. Taking the role of Jesus, go back and forth across the road. As you pretend to put mud on each child’s eyes, ask them what they most want to see. As the child responds, touch the eyes and tell them to wash their eyes. Child does the motions and then stands and shows how excited and happy he or she is. As each child is healed, he or she follows along with Jesus as he heals the next child.BUILDING CHRISTIAN COMMUNITYOBJECTIVE: The children will appreciate their gift of sight.8. ACTIVITY: I can see shapes Gather the children in the work area and ask them to open Seeds to pages 2-3. Look at the illustration and then at the four shapes in the box on page2. Point to the first shape. What is this shape? A rectangle. Continue this way until the children have named all the shapes. Have the children take their blue, yellow, green, and red crayons. Explain how to color the shapes in the picture the same color as the code. Practice together by finding the triangles just above the box and coloring them green. Have the children work in pairs or individually for as long as they are comfortable and interested. This is a good activity to finish at home.9. ACTIVITY: I can see Have the children turn to page 4. Read the sentence “I can see” aloud. Have the children fill in the dotted letters in the middle of the page. Show them how to roll Seeds into a tube with the words “I can see” on the outside. Show the children how to use the tube like a telescope to look at something and describe what they see.10. CLOSING PRAYER AND SONG Gather in a prayer circle. Ask children to tell you what happened to the man in the Gospel story when he met Jesus. Jesus healed him. What did the man say when people asked him about Jesus. Hesaid he believed Jesus was sent from God. Ask the children for whom they wish to pray. Give them time to surface their intentions. As your closing song, use “Two Little Ears” from the Seeds CD. Add gestures—touching ears and eyes, holding out hands, raising hands skyward.11. SNACK Serve animal crackers for a snack. Comment on how the children use their eyes to identify the animal shapes.EXTENDING ACTIVITY12. NATURE WALK Young children live in a world of wonder and curiosity that abounds with sense impressions beyond their ability to comprehend. Take a walk outside and ask the children to name all the things they see with their eyes—sky, grass, trees, plants, pets, people. Ask them to be as specific with the naming as they can be. For instance, if a child sees a flower, ask what kind of flower it is—tulip, dandelion, lilac, forsythia. Make a prayer out of each name: “Thank you, God, for the tulips.” The children’s experience of naming creatures and objects in their words and thanking God for them will later grow into understanding of the concepts of praise and prayer.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHESPage 28, Words to Know If you have had time to include the What the Church Believes and Teaches pages in your Seeds lesson, the children will have completed almost 20 of the pages. A fun way to review their understandings is the Words to Know section, beginning on page 28. Both readers and non-readers can enjoy identifying each picture and telling or reading about it. This makes a good activity to do in pairs.TG4-9

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