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     February 25, 2018 • 2nd Sunday of Lent
  Live the Gospel
Objectives ● The children will:
●  Appreciatewhatmakeschangehappen.
●  Considerhowtheycanmakeadifference.
Activity ● What makes change happen? (pages 3–4) Gather in the work area. Refer back to the Gospel. Jesus changed because of God’s love. He became bright and shining because God was with him. Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise and direct the children’s attention to the illustrations on page 3. Ask: What is happening in these pictures? Be sure they talk about the feelings of the children. Invite the children to think of ways that a good change could happen in each picture.
Next, direct them to place the page on their desks and fold the page up as shown in the small drawings at the bottom of page 3. Have your own already folded to demonstrate. Ask: What change happened? Discuss how these were positive changes. Continue with the upper two illustrations. Conclude by reminding the children they can choose to make positive changes in their lives.
Activity ● You can make a difference. (page 4) The three stories on page 4 make wonderful creative dramas. In the first scenario, you can be the teacher. Choose half the class to be the children who follow your lead and the other half to be the children who keep talking. Then invite a volunteer to give a solution to the problem. The child could ask his or her neighbor to be quiet and raise a hand. That child could ask another and start a chain reaction. Discuss the situation and solution in terms of feelings. Ask: How did the teacher feel when the children did not quiet down? How did the child feel who asked a neighbor
to be quiet and hold up his hand? Do the same with the other two stories. The children will be very inventive about their dramatizations.
Prayer Activity ● Prayers of Petition Remind the children of their prayer boxes. Ask: What situations and people do you wish to pray for today? Provide slips of paper for them to write their petitions and envelopes so they can take them home. Suggest to the children that they ask their parents to write some of their own petitions for the prayer box.
Closing Prayer Gather the children in a circle. Brainstorm some helping actions with the children. Invite them to pantomime a helping action, then freeze the action when you
say, “Freeze.” Direct them to pantomime another helping action. Continue for four or five actions. End by having the children freeze in the helping action they like best while you pray: “Jesus, thank you for loving and caring for us. Help us during Lent to change our unloving actions into loving ones so that we will be more like you.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Close your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “CHOICES” (CD-1, #16).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
  Tell the children it’s important to pray every day. Prayer helps us grow closer to God. It helps us become more holy, more like God. Explain that it’s good to pray at the same time or the same place every day. That makes it easier to remember. Tell them that the next time you meet as a Promise class, you’re going to ask if they’re keeping their promises about praying. Be sure to follow up on this!
Read Jesus’ promise under the drawing frame: “I am going to prepare a place for you.” Assure the children that Jesus loves them so much he wants them to be with him forever in Heaven. He wants them to happy with him, God the Father, Mary, and all the other friends of God. This is the most wonderful promise of all!
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, pages 3–4.
   Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Promise Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #12 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-27

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