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Early Start Lesson 2 We Gather TogetherBible IntroductionOverviewThe purpose for gathering with your Venture class each week is to learn more about Jesus and his Good News, to celebrate together as a community, and to grow in the understanding and practice of our Catholic faith. This lesson, and the other two online lessons, will help the children settle into this catechetical task. Have fun getting to know this group of children and helping them become comfortable with one another and with you.Materialsl Copies of “Linking Us Together” handout l Venture/Visions Music CD and a CDplayerl A large Bible and enough Bibles for each childThis Early Start lesson also offers the opportunity for you to assesshow much the children in your class know about the Bible—itscontent and structure. Some may be very familiar, while others lmay need review or even a basic introduction to the Scriptures. Assure everyone that your class will grow in its knowledge of the Bible together this year, as a community of Catholic learners.l Crayons, markers, or colored pencils Scissorsl Tape or staplerl Index cardsl Safety pins or double-sided tapeShare ExperiencesWelcome Greet the children warmly. Ask themto gather in an area of the classroom or meeting space in which you set up a prayer table. Use a small table, the top of a bookshelf, or a windowsill. Cover the table with a piece of colored cloth. On the table, arrange a Bible, a candle, and objects from nature, such as flowers, leaves, an interesting shell, or a polished rock. These items can be stored in a small box and brought out for each meeting. Children can take turns setting up the prayer space for future meetings.Opening Prayer: Since Venture lessons arerooted in the communal and liturgical prayer of the Church, prayer is an important part of every lesson. Pray the Lord’s Prayer or Hail Mary to begin this lesson. You may also employ spontaneous prayer, prayer of silence, or sung prayer such as “Will You Come and Follow Me—The Summons” (Venture/Visions Music CD, CD-2, #9).Getting Acquainted Have the children settle down at desks or work tables. Distribute pens or pencils and index cards. Tell the children to print their first names in capital letters across the top of the cards. Explain that they will write three statements about themselves on the cards. Onestatement should be true—FACT. The other two statements should be untrue— FICTION. Let the children know that the more outrageous these statements—both fact and fiction—the better. Challenge children to list unusual information about themselves that others would not easily recognize as FACT or FICTION, such as:• I have a pet turtle.• My great-uncle is an archbishop.• My hobby is collecting bugs.Give the children time to write their statements. Invite one child to read his or her name and the three statements on his or her index card. Have class members vote on which statement they believe is FACT. Then, have the child reveal the factual statement. Repeat the procedure with each class member. Conclude by introducing yourself in the same manner. Distribute pins or double-sided tape and ask children to use their cards as nametags.Discover Gospel and DoctrineGospel Story Move to the prayer area. This part of a Venture lesson is always dedicated to hearing the Sunday Gospel story. Because these online lessons can be used on any Sunday, the SundayEarly Start 2: We Gather Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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