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 We are a community of friends.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter
Fold the page to find out what connects these children.
Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize ways they are connected to others.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “He Is Risen, Alleluia!” (CD-2, #2).
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Loving God, thank you for bringing us together in our Promise class. Help us all learn how to stay connected to you and grow to love Jesus more and more.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l We are a community of friends. (page 1) Stay in the circle. Ask: What activities do you like to do? What is your favorite game to play with other children?
Show the children your copy of the Promise cover illustration. Ask: What is happening on this playground? Tell the children you’re going to change everything that’s going on in the picture. Fold your copy of Promise so that the children on the playground are now engaged with each other. Fold the cover back and forth
a few times so the children see the differences. Read the title
and ask: What does this picture tell us about this community of friends? Move to the worktables, distribute the children’s copies of pages 1–2 of Promise, and help them make their own folds.
Activity l Words connect us together. (page 2) Remain at the worktables. Direct the children to turn their pages over and read the title at the top of the page 2. Ask: What does connect mean? Holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father) connects many people. Smiling and saying thank you connects you with that person. This page has sentences children can say to connect to their friends and family. Read the first words in the left column: Come to. Direct the children to make a sentence by matching those two words with words in the right column. The best match is my party. Distribute pencils and direct the children to draw a line between the two sets of words to make a sentence. Continue in this way until they have completed all the sentences: Come to my party. Play with me. I am sorry. I can help you. I like you. You are my friend.
If time allows, make up other sentences and write them on the board.
Activity l Get Connected Invite the children to stand in a circle in the open area. Have them clasp hands, then drop hands and back up three steps. Tell them this ball of yarn will show how children in the circle are connected. Start by holding the ball of yarn yourself. Say a sentence about any boy or girl in the group, such as
“Someone in our class has a new pet.”When the children guess the identity of the child, toss the ball of yarn to him or her, holding the end in your hand. You may need to ask another child to hold the end for you as so you can assist children in tossing the ball.
The child to whom you have thrown the ball will toss it to the child named in the next clue, but will keep hold of the yarn so a net begins to form. Soon the yarn will crisscross the circle and connect everyone together. Conclude by taking the yarn ball from the last child and rolling it up as the children sing “New Life” (CD-2, #1).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will interpret Jesus’ image of the vine and branches.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus is the vine. We are the branches. Gather in a circle in the space you reserve for proclaiming the Gospel. Ask: Who has a vegetable garden or a fruit or nut tree at home? Ask: What happens if a plant or tree doesn’t get enough water? What happens if a branch is broken off the plant or tree? Will that branch still grow a leaf, vegetable, fruit,
or nut? If possible, show a branch or vine to the children to help them understand this concept. Tell them that Jesus used a plant to explain how we are connected to him:
Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine, you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me. Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered. When you become fruitful disciples of mine, my Father will be honored.
Ask: How is Jesus like a vine? Does he have leaves growing out of his ears? Jesus is like a vine that’s planted in good soil and reaches its roots way down. Jesus’ roots are in God, his Father.
Ask: How are we like branches? Do our arms have bark on them? Do our fingers sprout leaves and grapes or apples? We are like branches because we are connected to Jesus by Baptism. We are part of his family just as we are part of our own families. We need our families to love us and teach us how to love others. We need Jesus to love us and teach us how to love and serve God. We need to stay connected to our own families and to Jesus.
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