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                                                                                                         Teaching This Week’s Lesson
  Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize they grow and change.
Begin Promise class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer “Dear God, thank you for making us and for making all of the beautiful things in the world. Everything you make grows and changes. Everything you make praises you.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Activity ● We Can Grow and Change (page 2) Gather the children in a story circle. Ask: How are you feeling today? Why are you feeling that way? Tell them Promise has pictures of children who have some of the same feelings.
Distribute pages 1–2 of Promise and give the children time to study the children pictured on page 2. Tell them you know one of these children. Pick one of the children in the bottom row. Make sounds and gestures to show how he or she is feeling. Ask: Can you guess which one it is? Why might he or she feel this way? Change your sounds and gestures to show his or her next feeling. Ask: Why might he or she feel this way? Continue to the top row.
Invite the children to take turns making sounds and gestures as you follow the other children’s paths of feelings from bottom to top. It’s their feelings you wish to explore.
Activity ● Stretch and Sing Invite the children to stand and sing “Saying Yes” (CD-1, #17). Encourage them to move their bodies and stretch.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will recognize that loving choices help them grow more like Jesus.
Play and sing “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD-2, #23). Lead the children in tracing a cross on their foreheads, lips, and hearts. Pray: “We pray for God’s Word to be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.”
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus is God’s Son. (page 1) Direct the children to sit in a circle in the Gospel area and place page 1 of Promise faceup on the floor in front of them. Share the Gospel story:
Jesus took three of his friends—Peter, James, and John—up a hill to pray. As Jesus prayed to his Father, he began to shine with a bright light. His clothes became white and shiny too. Peter, James, and John didn’t know what to say or do. Then they heard a voice
from a cloud. The voice said, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, the cloud disappeared. Jesus looked normal again.
Jesus led his friends down the hill. “Don’t tell anyone what you saw until I have risen from the dead,” Jesus said. The friends didn’t understand what had happened so they just talked about it among themselves. Later on, after Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, they remembered how they had seen his glory on the hill.
The Promise version of this Gospel doesn’t include the appearance of Moses and Elijah. Young children don’t have enough sense
of biblical history to understand what the presence of these ancestors of Jesus means. Invite the children to retell the story to test their comprehension. Be sure they understand that the voice and the light are signs from God of his love for Jesus. Ask: Have you ever felt very special because of someone’s love? This is how Jesus felt about his Father and how his Father felt about Jesus.
Activity ● Creative Drama Invite the children to pretend to be Jesus’ three friends, climbing up the hill with him. Then have one child be Jesus and lift hands in prayer. The other children sit down and watch. Say God’s words to Jesus yourself, then have Jesus lower his hands and ask the other children to follow him down the hill and to Jerusalem. Let as many children be Jesus as time allows and let others say God’s words. Ask: Who did Jesus listen to? How do you listen to Jesus?
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Jesus Makes Promises (page 28)
 Read Jesus’ promise at the top of page 28 in the Catechism handbook: “I will be with you always.” Help the children to understand that this means they can pray, or talk, to Jesus whenever and wherever they want to.
Tell them it’s time for them to make a promise to Jesus. Their promise will be about when and where they will pray. Encourage them to make a promise they can keep. Help them be realistic and specific in deciding what to draw. Distribute crayons and give them time to draw a place where they pray.
  Jesus is God’s Son.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 25, 2018
2nd Sunday of Lent
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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