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Teaching This Week’s Lesson
  Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize loving actions. Begin Seeds class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and
sing “Easter People” (CD-1, #14).
Gathering Prayer Point to the picture or statue of Mary. Tell them that we honor Mary each May. Ask: What do you know about Mary? Make sure they know that Mary is Jesus’ mother and our mother too. Mary feels as tenderly toward each of us as a mother feels about her children.
Pray: “Jesus, we want to be like you. Help us learn how to be loving to our families and our friends. Thank you for giving us your mother Mary to be our mother too.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Story l Charley looks for a gift. Ask: What special Sunday is coming up? Mother’s Day. If needed, you may change the story to a boy wanting a gift for another person. Invite the children to listen carefully so they can see where Charley’s present comes from.
Once a boy named Charley wanted to give a wonderful gift to his mother on Mothers’ Day. Charley lived on a farm. He asked the farm animals for their ideas.
Charley first went Mrs. Cow. Charley said, “I need a Mother’s Day gift for my mother. What should I give her?” Mrs. Cow chewed her cud, swished her tail, and said, “You could give her some of my nice milk.” Charley thought and then politely said, “Thank you, Mrs. Cow, but my mother already has milk.”
Next, Charley went to Mrs. Hen. She was sitting in the sun outside the chicken house. “Good morning,” said Charley. “I need a Mother’s Day gift for my mother. What should I give her?” Mrs. Hen fluffed her feathers and said, “Give your mother one of my nice eggs. Fresh this morning!” Charley thought and then politely said, “Thank you, Mrs. Hen, but my mother already has eggs.”
Charley was sitting on the fence, thinking about what his gift could be when up walked Mr. Bear, who lived in the woods behind the barn. “Mr. Bear,” said Charley, “What should I give my mother for Mother’s Day?” Mr. Bear said, “I know where there’s some nice honey. We could ask the bees to give us some.” “My mother already has honey,” said Charley. “What about a bouquet of wildflowers?” Mr. Bear suggested. “I always pick flowers for her,” said Charley. “I want something she’ll like more than anything in the world.” Mr. Bear thought and then said, “I have it!” He whispered into Charley’s ear. Charley smiled and said, “Thank you, Mr. Bear. That’s the perfect gift for my mother.” On Mother’s Day morning, Charley gave his mother the most wonderful gift: a big bear hug to show his love.
Ask: What did Charley want to do? To whom did he go for help? What did his helpers suggest? Why did Charley pick the present he did?
Activity l Stand-Up Story Cards (pages 3–4) Move to the work area. Distribute scissors and pages 3–4 of Seeds. Direct the children to cut on the heavy horizontal line to make two rectangles, then make one cut on each rectangle on the heavy dark line that ends in a dot. Do not cut beyond the dot. Show the children how to nest the pieces together. Invite the children to stand the story cards on their desks and use them to tell the story to you.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Play “God Made the Animals” (CD-1, #2) to get the children up and moving. Encourage them to imitate the sounds and movements the animals make.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will learn Jesus’ rule of love.
Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) as preparation for
the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus has one rule for us: Love one another. (page 1) Ask: What would you like to talk to Jesus about? What questions would ask him? Listen to their questions, then tell them that Jesus’ friends had lots of questions too. They liked to talk with Jesus and listen to him. One day, Jesus told his friends it was time for him to go back to his Father.
Jesus said, “I have loved you just as my Father has loved me. Stay faithful to my love for you. If you obey me, I will keep loving you, just as my Father keeps loving me, because I have obeyed him.
“I have told you this to make you as completely happy as I am. Now I tell you to love each other as I have loved you. You are my friends if you obey me. I speak to you as my friends, and I have told you everything that my Father has told me.
“You didn’t choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit that will last. Then my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name. I command you to love each other.”
Cover Activity l Love brings us together. (page 1) Move to the work area. Distribute pages 1–2 of Seeds and invite the children to describe the cover illustration. Read the sentence. Tell the children that this special picture that can bring the people on the two sides of the page together.
Direct the children to place the Seeds cover facedown on their table. Fold from both the right and left on the dotted lines. Turn copies of Seeds over so the cover illustration is faceup. Bring the
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May 6, 2018
Love brings us together.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
6th Sunday of Easter
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