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••••••Suddenly your students have become aware of their image.  ey worry about how they appear to their peers. Are they competent in sports, in social situations, in school work? Do they wear the right clothes, have the right friends? Are they cool or clumsy? Catechists can help some of these concerns by giving students multiple opportunities to suc- ceed in their class.Catechistsneedtoprovideanenvironmentinwhichjunior high students feel safe and protected, safe from criticism and protected from embarrassment.  ese young people may try to project a hard, tough exterior, but many of them are sensitive and vulnerable.  ey respond well to adults who are respectful and hospitable.Yourstudentsaredevelopingagreatersenseofhistory.  ey are better able to judge events in the past and draw conclusions from them.  ey are, therefore, more open to a broader world view than they were only a few years ago.Young teens have considerable stores of energy.  ey are growing rapidly and they need to move. Catechists can satisfy this need by establishing areas in the classroom for di erent activities and by providing a variety of activities in the course of a meeting.Allow young teens to work in small discussion groups regularly. Shy students will be able to participate without facing the terror of speaking before the entire class.One of your prime challenges is to establish a community to which the young teens will want to belong. Remember, they are seeking groups outside their family whose values attract them. Do everything you can to make sure they feel like valued members of the religious education group you lead.Genesis 3:15God promises that Jesus, the o spring of Mary, the New Eve, will undo the work of the devil in the Garden of Eden and redeem humankind.Genesis 9:15-16God sets a rainbow in the sky as a pledge to Noah that the world will never again be destroyed by  ood.Genesis 12:2-3God promises Abraham that his descendants will become a great nation and a blessing to the world.Exodus 19:4-6 rough Moses, God promises the Hebrew people that if they keep the Commandments they will become a favored nation.Hebrews 1:1-4God’s promise of a Redeemer comes true in the Person of Jesus Christ.3. Jesus’ Word for All Generations, page 7 e word of God includes both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Ask students to memorize two short Scripture passages. Suggest they choose a passage from the Bookof Psalms, the prayers that Jesus learned as a boy. To get them started in their search, ask them to read Psalm 66:1-2. When they have chosen an Old Testament passage, suggest that students  nd another verse or two to memorize in the Gospels. If students need help with this selection, suggest that they begin by reading Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Chapter 5 of Matthew’s Gospel.4. A De nition of Faith, page 8 e belief that God is both our origin and our  nal goal is expressed in symbols we are likely to see in our church.  ey are the alpha (A) and the omega (Ω), the  rst and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Ask students to look for these symbols in their church and in religious books.5. The Holy Trinity, page 8Ask students to read Matthew 3:16-17, the baptism of Jesus. How are all  ree Persons of the Trinity present at this event?6. Creation, page 8Ask students how God’s creativity di ers from theirs. Help students to see that only God can create something from nothing. People need materials God has already created. Even if a person is creating a painting, a symphony, a chair, or a pie, one needs natural ingredients and the brain that our Creator designed for us long ago.Believe1. People Are Religious, page 7Ask students to survey older teens and adults to discover their ideas of God.  ose surveyed should complete the statement, “I think God is like....” When you discuss the replies, try to identify those responses that most clearly show that the responders believe the universe is a friendly place for people because it is created and inhabited by an all pow- erful Being who loves the creatures of the world.2. God’s Revelation to People, page 7Have students use the Bible to trace God’s covenants with people.6

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