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children that they will hear one of these stories every week in their Good News lesson.Distribute copies of the “We Hear Jesus’ Word” activity page.. Ask the children to describe what is happening in the illustration. Jesus is talking to a group of people. Three women are listening from a window upstairs. Ask a volunteer to read the sentences above the illustration. Ask the whole group to read together what Jesus said. Ask the children what they think Jesus means. Help them to see that Jesus broadened the definition of family and friends to include allof us who pay attention to God speaking to us through Jesus.Show the children the citation for this story about Jesus. It appears right after the words of Jesus, just over the head of the boy who is lying down. Write Luke 8:19–21 on the board or ona sheet of newsprint. Explain that this citation tells the reader to look for the Gospel of Luke, go to chapter 8, and then find verse 19. Show the children the large copy of this page and point out the chapter heading on the page and verses 19–21. Read the verse aloud. Point out thatthe same verses that are on the activity page. Distribute Bibles so the children can find this story for themselves. Circulate around the room to offer help.Live the GospelWe Hear Jesus’ Word: Ask the children to put the Bibles away reverently and move to the work area. Distribute crayons, markers, or colored pencils. As the children color their illustrations, continue the discussion by asking what kinds of things the Word of God tells us to do.We Act on God’s Word: Divide the class into groups of three or four. Assign one of these scenarios to each group and ask each group to create a skit to show how the children in their scenario could do what God’s Word tells us to do.Online Early Start Lesson 1• Ana and Grace eat lunch together almost every day. On their way into the lunchroom, they see Renee standing just ahead of them, looking for a place to sit. It’s Renee’s first day at a new school. Ana and Grace....• Everyone knows that Andre is the best soccer player in school and he is the captain of the soccer team. His best friend Zach loves soccer but is not a very good player and spends a lot of time on the sidelines. With the team’s first match coming up, Andre tells Zach....• Keisha is worried she will be late for gymnastics. Her mom was late getting home from work, and she is still cleaning up from dinner, even though she and Keisha should already be on their wayto the gym. Keisha decides to....Allow time for the groups to present their skits and for audiences to talk about what happened in the skits.Closing Prayer: Choose one of these ways for the children to offer their own prayers of praise and thanksgiving.• Go outdoors, or just go to the windows, and invite children to take turns thanking God in their own words for what they see.• Ask children to take turns naming people who help and love them. After each person is named, ask all the children to respond, “Thank you, God.”• Create an alphabet prayer. Lead off by saying, for example, “Thank you, God,for apples” and invite the children to take turns naming items through the rest of the alphabet.Thank the children for their cooperation and attention during the class. Tell them you look forward to seeing them again at the next class. Close by singing ”Come and Follow Me” (Promise/Good News Music CD, CD-2, #14).Early Start 1: We Meet Jesus in the Gospels©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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