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                                    February 4, 2018 • 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Activity ● Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room while playing and singing “Like Jesus” (CD-1, #6).
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
how the people came. Bicycle path, footprints, highway, train tracks. Direct the children to cut off the strip on the right side
of page 3, cut apart the four boxes, and match the four boxes
to the paths on the illustration. Starting with the train tracks, have them look at Danny’s family and talk about what they did
to help Grandma get better. Then have the children put their fingers on the depot where the track begins and travel the track to Grandma’s house. Proceed in the same way with each picture.
Activity ● What do you like to do with older family and friends? (page 4) Have the children turn
to the back page of Seeds and look at the five pictures. Read the question to them. Ask: What are some things you like to do with older family and friends? Invite them to think of people in their lives who are older, have time for them, and like them very much. Look at each picture and discuss what the children are doing with the older person. This activity gives the children a chance to tell about someone who shares with them in these and other ways.
Closing Prayer “Thank you, Jesus, for loving us and taking care of us and our families. Help us to love others as you love us.” The children respond, “Amen.”
End your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “I Am the Way” (CD-2, #19).
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
What Is Prayer? (page 18)
 Help the children turn to page 18 in their Catechism handbooks. Read the title and five lines on the top of the page. Ask: When do you pray? Where do you pray? How do you pray? Encourage them to share their own experiences and understanding of prayer.
Ask: Do you say prayers you know by heart or do you make up your own prayers? Explain that God likes all kinds of prayers. Made-up prayers are fine, and so are memorized prayers. The important thing is that we mean what we say.
Invite the children to look at the four pictures on page 18. Read through the instructions one by one and direct the children to complete each step before you read the next instruction.
To close this discussion about prayer, make the Sign of the Cross (a memorized prayer) and finish with a made- up prayer: “God, our Father in Heaven, we thank you for bringing us together today to learn about prayers. Help us to think of you often and to stay close to you in prayer.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 2–3.
    Live the Gospel
Objective The children will play a game that shows how people gather as family and friends.
Activity ● We Gather Together. (pages 2–3) Gather in the work area. Direct the children to open Seeds to pages 2–3. Identify Grandma at her house, waiting for her relatives to come visit. Invite the children to identify the different routes that show
  Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #30 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-15
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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