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       April 29, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Acts 9:26–31; 1 John 3:18–24; John 15:1–8
             For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus refers to himself as the vine. He says that his followers are the branches. Jesus shares God’s life with us. We belong to his family. As long as we stay connected to Jesus like branches connected to the trunk of a vine, we will share God’s life, grow in faith and love, and produce good fruit.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Children need to know they belong. Seeds provides stories and activities that help young children recognize their connections to their families, their church family, and the larger community. It is in these connections that the children are able to recognize their connection with Jesus.
“As pilgrims on the journey, we are not alone. We have the assurance of Christ’s presence in us and with us. We are united in communion with all the baptized,
a communion that is nourished at the table of God’s Word and the table of the Eucharist” (NDC, 72). See also CCC, 949–950.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Children need to know they belong. They need to feel they are an important part of their families and will find love and security there. Encourage parents to affirm the importance of their child in their family.
   Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
Materials
l  Seeds Student Lesson for 4/29 l  Catechism handbook, page 33 l  CD player and Seeds CDs
l  scissors
l  crayons
l  vining plant or branch
l  Swimmy by Leo Lionni (book from library or
YouTube video)
Suggested Music
l  “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) l  “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16) l  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
Lesson Resources
l  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #16
l  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.com/
catechists-teachers)
 60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Activity l Who?
l  Story l Swimmy
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus is the vine. We are the branches. (page 1) l  Activity l Gospel Creative Drama
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 33.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l  Activity l People help each other. (pages 2–3)
l  Activity l Thank you, God, for our world. (page 4) l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16)
Take-Home
l  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #16
l  Remindthechildrentosharetheirlessonwiththeirfamiliesandto
do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 2–3 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Activity l Who?
l  Story l Swimmy
l  Activity l Stretch and Sing “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16) Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus is the vine. We are the branches. (page 1) l  Activity l Gospel Creative Drama
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 33.
l  Activity l Seeds Activity Book, Activity #16 Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l  Activity l People help each other. (pages 2–3)
l  Activity l Thank you, God, for our world. (page 4) l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 2–3 together.
         TG4-24 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
  Jesus is the vine.
We are the branches.
Color the vine and the branches.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter


































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