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Discover Gospel and DoctrineSong: Gospel Acclamation Gather in the area you have set apart for the Gospel Proclamation. Teach 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. If a music minister from your parish is available, invitehim or her to lead the children in the song. The children will enjoy adding gestures, touching their heads on the second verse, their lips on the third verse, and their hearts on the fourth. Plan to use this song for at least three lessons before teaching the children a new song.Gospel Story: Promise lessons are based on the Sunday Gospels. This means they are centered on Jesus’ teachings and actions. In a Promise lesson, this part is dedicated to hearing the Sunday Gospel story. Because these online pages can be used on any Sunday, the Sunday Gospel is not part of the lesson. Use this time instead to familiarize the children with whata Gospel story is. Ask who thinks Jesus likes children. If the children know the story of Jesus blessing the children, encourage them to tellit in their own words. This may already be oneof their favorite Bible stories. Ask the children how this story makes them feel. Does it make them feel special? Important? Loved? Take the Bible and show the children where the story about Jesus welcoming little children is in Mark’s Gospel (Chapter 10, verses 13-16). Read the passage from the Bible or tell this version:One day, some parents brought their children to Jesus. They wanted Jesus to bless them. Jesus was glad to see the children, but some people said, “Stop! Take your children away. Don’t bother Jesus with little kids.”These people thought they were helping Jesus. They thought he was too busy.Online Early Start Lesson 1But Jesus said, “Don’t be silly! Let the children come to me.”The children ran up to Jesus. He hugged the children and blessed them. “The kingdom of heaven belongs to people who are like these children,” Jesus said.Ask the children what they would say to Jesus if they were one of these children. Ask them to think quietly for a minute. Encourage the children to listen respectfully to anyone who wishes to share what they said to Jesus.Live the GospelStretch and Sing: Have the children gather in a circle in your open area. Most children know “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and enjoy the movements and noise. On the last verse, motion for them to follow you to the worktables or desks.If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands(clap, clap).If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands(clap, clap).If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it.If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands(clap, clap). ...stomp your feet ...wave your arms. ...turn around ...shout “Hello” ...follow me.Early Start 1: We Meet Jesus in the Gospels©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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