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Gospel Coloring Page Distribute the “A Story About Jesus” activity page and baskets with crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Have the children read Jesus’ words aloud. Ask them to describe the illustration. Jesus is wearing clothes from his time but the children are modern children. The artist wants us to know Jesus loves all children, not just the ones he met the day of the story.Give the children time to color. Go around the room visiting with them and getting to know them. When everyone is finished, gather in a prayer circle.Prayer of PetitionEach Promise lesson during the year willhelp the children develop a life of prayer appropriate to their age and developmental stage. Prayers of petition are particularly suitable for young children because they have worries and concerns they can’t do anything about except pray. Gather the children inthe prayer area. Ask if anyone has a concern that he or she would like the group to prayfor. Begin with your own prayer. For example, “Let us pray for my uncle who is sick.” Use the response your parish uses at Mass for the Prayer of the Faithful, or teach the children a simple response such as, “Loving God, hear our prayer.”As your Promise class continues to meet, the children will come to class prepared with the petitions for which they wish to have the whole group pray. End with a brief prayerin your own words, asking God to hear all your prayers and thanking God for your time together. Conclude by singing the “God’s Love Is...” (Promise/Good News Music CD, CD-2, #6)Online Early Start Lesson 1Early Start 1: We Meet Jesus in the Gospels©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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