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December 24, 2017 • 4th Sunday of AdventSpanish: “Si” sounds like “see.”German, Dutch, Norwegian: “Ja” sounds like “Yah.” Japanese: “Hai” sounds like “Hi.”Swahili: “Ndio” sounds like “nn-DEE-oh.”Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.yes? Tell the children that every yes during these Advent days is like a present to God. Look at the gifts at the top of page 2. Identify the word yes. The boxes have yes printed in English and four other languages. Call attention to the Advent calendar. Ask the children to identify illustrations that show ways they can say yes.Distribute crayons or colored pencils, scissors, and glue. Direct the children to cut out the gift boxes. Give them time to color and decorate the tree on page 2 and glue the yes gift boxes under the tree.Activity ● The Three Wise Men (pages 3–4) Return to the work area. Distribute pages 3–4 colored side up (page 4). Ask: Who are these people?Direct the children to cut out the three figures. You will need aides to help cut out the figures. Have the figures from your copy of Promise already completed. Show the children how to roll the figures into cone shapes and tape them. If you have small paper or plastic cups, demonstrate how to wrap a figure around the cup and tape it in place. The figures will be sturdier.If your class meets for January 7, keep the cone figures in the classroom. If you do not meet, send them and next week’s Promise home. Show how to fold it to make a Nativity scene.Closing Prayer Stand in a prayer circle. The children respond, “Yes, Lord, yes” to each line of the prayer:Mary said yes to God in a special way.Let us say yes to God in all we do or say.We will show our love for one another. Children: Yes, Lord, yes. We will help our families help each other.We will pray to God for all the sad and lonely.We will pray to Mary, who gave us Jesus.We will ask God to bless us all as we wait to celebrate for Jesus’ birthday at Christmas.End your prayer and class session by playing and singing “Mary, O Blessed One” (CD-1, #3).Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesAngels Guide Us (page 25)Introduce the children to the Prayer to My Guardian Angel. Give each child a piece of card stock on which to copy the Prayer to My Guardian Angel. Provide crayons for them to use to decorate their cards. Encourage them to pray to their guardian angels every day.Tell or read about angels who brought messages from God to people on earth:●  Luke 1:26–38: The angel Gabriel brought the news to Marythat she would be the mother of Jesus.●  Matthew 1:19–24: An angel told Joseph that Mary wouldhave a baby who was the Son of God. The angel told Josephto name the baby Jesus.●  Luke 2:8–14: An angel told the shepherds that Jesus wasborn. A great crowd of angels praised God.Explain that these angels brought God’s special messages. Point out that we sing the words of the angels in the “Gloria” at Mass: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.”Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, page 2.Live the GospelObjectives ● The children will:●  Decoratetheir“Yes”ChristmasTrees.●  CreateMagifiguresfortheNativityscene.Activity ● My “Yes” Christmas Tree (page 2) Distribute Promise, page 2. Discuss Mary’s response of yes to God. Ask: What are ways you say yes to God? Is it always easy to sayLesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Promise Weekly Review template.Use Activity #23 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming ● TG2-27The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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