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December 3, 2017 • 1st Sunday of Adventyou will not forget us. Parents never forget their children. Tear open the sky and come down to be with us.”God sent a man named Isaiah to give the people a message. “God says, ‘I am coming to be with you. Don’t be afraid. I will make sad people happy and sick people well. I will help everyone who needs me. Make your house a place for me to come. Make your heart a place for me to come.’”Ask: How do you make your house a place for Jesus to come?Loving actions. We show that we’re getting ready by being a little light. Sing again, “This Little Light of Mine” (CD-1, #11).Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Live the GospelObjective The children will recognize ways we prepare for Christmas at home and at Church.Activity ● We get ready at home. We get ready at Church. (pages 3–4) Enjoy talking to the children about these colorful picture pages. Start with the family at home (page 3). Ask: How is this family getting ready for Christmas? How do you get ready for Christmas in your home? Finish looking at this page by counting the four candles on the Advent wreath and noticing that only one is lit. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent.Now look at the church page (page 4). Ask: How is the parish getting ready for Christmas? The tree is called a Jesse Tree. It has ornaments that stand for all the people who waited for Jesus to come: King David (crown), Joseph (colored coat), Mary (rose), Adam and Eve (two people). Count the candles on the Advent wreath. Today is the first week of Advent, so just one candle is lit. Give children time to draw a toy they would like to give.Activity ● A Getting-Ready Puzzle (pages 3–4) Pass out scissors. Turn to page 2. The illustration shows how you can cut pages 3–4 apart to make a puzzle. Children can take the four strips, mix them up, and then put them back together again. Help the children cut their puzzles or send Seeds home so their families can help them do so.Closing Prayer Gather the children in the circle and pray:Leader: Come, Jesus, our brother.Children: Come, Jesus, our brother.Leader: Help us get ready for your birthday. Children: Come, Jesus, our brother.Leader: We love you. Come, Jesus, our brother. Children: Come, Jesus, our brother.All: Amen.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 TeachesWe Remember: Advent and Christmas (page 12)Help the children find page 12 and read them the title: We Remember. Ask: Who do we remember today? Jesus. Explain that we remember Jesus all during the year, but at certain times, we remember special events in Jesus’ life.Children love birthdays, especially their own. Ask: When is your birthday? Who else remembers your birthday? Point out that the Church remembers Jesus’ birthday. Ask: Do you know what the Church calls Jesus’ birthday?Ask the children to look at the illustration of the Advent wreath. Ask: Do you remember what this is called?Explain that Advent means “coming.” Advent is the time just before Christmas when we are waiting to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. During this time, we are getting ready for Jesus. We clean and decorate our homes. We try to get our hearts ready by being kind to others. We help out at home by picking up toys and going to bed on time without complaining.Direct the children to complete the words Advent and Christmas on the page. Use these words many times during the Advent season and print them on the board so the children can review the shape of these words throughout December.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 3–4.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.Use Activity #31 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming ● TG2-15The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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