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nametags for the children to wear during their first meetings. Ask them to print their names clearly and to decorate the tags with crayonsor markers. Allow them to print their names as they like to be addressed. As they work, circulate around the room getting to know the children. Plan to use the nametags to take attendance each week. You can then add them to the objects displayed around the Bible.The Fame Name Game: Ask the children to line up in alphabetical order by their first names. This should be quick and easy since they are already wearing nametags. Pair the first two children in line, the next two, and so on. If you have an uneven number of children, take a place in the line and be one child’s partner. Directthe pairs to tell each other what makes them famous or what they are known for. Tell them that these can be funny or exaggerated claims. For example, “I am Sam, and I am famous for my cannonball dive.”After a minute, gather in a large group. Have the pairs introduce each other to the class. If you were not part of a pair, end the sharing by introducing yourself with a funny or interesting fact about yourself.Discover Gospel and DoctrineGospel Acclamation Tell the children that a great saint, St. Augustine, said, “When we sing once, we pray twice.” Ask children what they think he meant. Possibly that when we sing we add music to the words. We use our body more when we sing. Gather the children standing in a circle. Teach them the “Gospel Acclamation” song (Promise/Good News Music CD, CD-2, #24). The children will pick up the melody and words by singing along with the recording several times.Online Early Start Lesson 2Gospel Stories Ask the children to sit in their circle. Tell them that Good News class will always be about Jesus. Ask children where we learn about the life and teachings of Jesus. Expect answers such as in church or in the Bible. Explain that every time we gather for Sunday Mass, we hear a story from the Bible about Jesus. These stories are called Gospels. The word “Gospel” means “Good News.”Show the children the Bible. Point out the Gospels in the Table of Contents. Tell the children they will learn to use the Bible during your year together. Show the children a copy of the first Good News lesson for this year. Point out the Gospel story. The Gospels also tell stories about Jesus’ followers. He chose both men and women to come with him and learn about how much God loves us.Direct the children to stand or sit in pairs around the room. Go to each pair, say their names and invite them to follow you. For example, “Nate and Andrew, Jesus says, ‘Come, follow me.’” Or “Carmella and Josie, Jesus says, ‘Come, follow me.’”When you have gathered all the children, lead them to the work area and ask them to be seated.Live the GospelWe Gather Together: Distribute the “We Gather at Eucharist” activity page. . The children in your Good News class may have already received First Eucharist or may receive it this year. This coloring page acquaints them with symbols of the Eucharist. Ask the children to tell you about the illustration. They will be familiar with the chalice and the host from Mass. They tell us we will receive the Bodyand Blood of Christ under the signs of bread and wine. In the Prayer over the Offerings atEarly Start 2: We Gather Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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