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Gospels are not part of the lessons. Use this time instead to find out what the children know about the Bible. Use the following questionsor any of your own. Use the large Bible you brought to class to show the group how the Bible is divided and how they can use the Table of Contents to find the New Testament and the Gospels.Tell me what the Bible is. Possible answers they might give: The word of God; stories about Jesus; stories about Moses and Noah and other people from long ago; what we read at Mass; stories about miracles; stories of how much God loves us; tells us how the world came to be; has the Ten Commandments.What are the two big parts of the Bible? The Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament means an agreement. The Bible tells how God and people get along.What is the Old Testament? The stories about the Jewish people, who are also called Israelites because they are from the land of Israel. God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and helped them travel to the land that had been promised to them. In return, the Israelites didn’t worship any other gods. They kept the Ten Commandments that God gave them. Jesus was a Jew. He studied the Old Testament and prayed the prayers called Psalms.What is the New Testament? The New Testament has 27 books. Four of these books are the Gospels. The New Testament was written after Jesus’ life, Death, and Resurrection.Who are the Gospel writers? Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This fall, we read from Matthew’s Gospel.What else is in the New Testament? Accept all answers and then use the Table of Contents to show that there are many letters, or epistles, and a book called the Acts of the Apostles and one called Revelation. The children will learn more about these books during the year. However,Online Early Start 2the Gospel will always be the center of each Venture lesson.Conclude by showing the children a copy of a Venture lesson. Tell them that in their regular class time, they will proclaim the Sunday Gospel using the copy printed in Venture.Lead the children in singing along to “Wordof Truth and Life” (Venture/Visions Music CD, CD-1, #1) with the recording. Note: Lyrics are available at Tell the children you will use this song every time you come to this space to hear the Gospel.If you do not have the CD, teach the children the following words to the tune of “Frere Jacques.”Alleluia. Alleluia.We will hear the Gospel now. With our ears we’ll listen.With our hearts we’ll answer. We are Christ’s followers.Live the GospelActivity: Linking Us Together Distribute a copy of the “Linking Us Together” handoutto each child. Read together the directionsat upper left. Have your own strips cut out. Demonstrate how to find a person to fit oneof the categories and write his or her nameon your strip. Then show how to make a loop with tape or a stapler. Do one more name so the children understand they will each have a chain of names. Call attention to the strip with a decorative border which asks them to write a welcoming way to be in class. Give the children time to fill in their slips and make their chains. Go around the room visiting with children and helping everyone get started.Closing Prayer Gather with the children in the prayer space. They will need their two chain links and the prayer service. Celebrate the prayer. You can use the class chain to take attendance in future classes.Early Start 2: We Gather Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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