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               Teaching This Week’s Lesson
  Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l  Recognizewaysofwelcomingpeople.
l  Understandtheimportanceofpreparingforawelcoming event.
Gather in a circle and sing “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1) as you begin your Seeds session.
Gathering Prayer Have the children remain standing while you pray: “Jesus, thank you for bringing us together. We welcome you into our hearts and into our lives. Help us to welcome others as you welcome us today.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Activity l Welcoming Others Sit in a story circle. If you have had a special visitor to your class, remind the children of the occasion. How did you let the person know he or she was welcome? Made a poster, greeted the person, made a gift for him or her, provided a special place to sit, had foods the person would like. If you have no common event to recall, let the children tell of times they got ready to welcome someone to their home or day care. Keep asking for details of how they showed the person they were happy he or she had come.
Story l Matt gets ready for Grandma. (page 2) Tell the children you have a story to tell them about a boy named Matt whose grandma is coming to visit:
“When is Grandma coming, Mom?” asked Matt. Mom laughed and said, “You’ve asked me that 10 times already. Grandma will be here before it’s dark. She’s driving all the way from Milwaukee.” Matt frowned. “I want her to be here now so we can go to the children’s museum and the zoo and the ice cream shop.” Matt always got a chocolate sundae with sprinkles on top when he was with Grandma.
“We have lots to do today to get ready,” said Mom. “Do you want to help?” “Yes,” said Matt. “Good,” Mom said. “I put clean sheets on your bed so Grandma can sleep there. Please put on the bedspread and put all your things away.” Matt ran off to do what Mom said. Soon he was back. “It’s all finished, Mom. What can I do now?” “I am making Grandma’s favorite soup,” Mom said. “Please help me get the vegetables ready.” Matt washed the celery and carrots and handed them to Mom to chop. She added onions and noodles. Soon the soup was simmering on the stove. “What now, Mom?” Matt asked. “Wait until Dad comes home from work. Then you two can make a welcome sign,” Mom said.
Dad was hardly in the door when Matt shouted, “Dad, Dad, please help me make a welcome sign for Grandma!” Dad drew the letters, and Matt colored them in. When the sign was finished, Dad hung
it above the front door. Matt watched out the window until he saw
a white car pull up. “She’s here!” Matt shouted. “Grandma’s here!” Grandma waved and smiled and pointed to the welcome sign. Matt ran outside and gave her a big hug. “Grandma, I’m so glad you came to visit us!”
Distribute pages 1–2 of Seeds. Ask the children to turn the story (page 2) faceup. Review the story with them picture by picture. Stress the things Matt and his family did to prepare for Grandma.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Ask the children to stand in an open space. Play “Today’s a Special Day” (CD-1, #17). As the children sing, ask them to pantomime one of the things Matt did to get ready for Grandma: make the bed, wash the vegetables, make the sign.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will learn how people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem.
Activity l Gospel Warm-Up Gather the children in
their storytelling circle for today’s Gospel story about people who welcomed Jesus to their city. They may be aware that everyone in church this Sunday will receive a palm branch. Have some of the palm available so they can touch it and know what it feels like. Ask: What do you know about Palm Sunday? Some may remember the procession with palms from previous years. Place the palm near the copy of Seeds and Bible that you have displayed.
Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l We welcome Jesus. (page 1) Invite the children to look at the cover of Seeds. Have them describe what they see in the illustration. Jesus is riding a donkey into a town. People are smiling and waving branches from palm trees. Some children are spreading out mats and clothes for the donkey to walk on. Tell the Palm Sunday story:
The more Jesus taught, the more friends he made. Many people heard about him and wanted to listen to him. One day, Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem, the capital city of his country and the place where the Temple was. He invited his friends to come along.
When they got to the city gate, Jesus asked his friends to find
a donkey for him to ride. This was a sign that he was a peaceful person, not a king who was used to riding around in a chariot and making wars.
People were glad to see Jesus. They crowded around to welcome him. Many people spread their cloaks on the road. Some others cut leafy branches to spread on the road. They did this to make a special
 We welcome Jesus.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 25, 2018
Palm/Passion Sunday

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