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The NEW Gospel WeekliesFind the members of this church in the word  nd. How many of them can you  nd in the illustration?We Are the ChurchSMSRETSIS EZDEACONN RCHOIRAEE VHTSEIRPR ETEACHERD RIDIMUCUL SRSTNEROI IUSHERSYH MLECTORSC PARENTSPAPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramSeptember 24, 201725th Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 36, Number 1TG1-6Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Recognize we all make up the Church.l Surface their feelings about what is fair.Begin Good News class by gathering in a prayer circle.Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).Gathering Prayer “Loving God, we gather as your followers. Bless our time together and bless each person in our Good News group.” The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity l We Are the Church (page 1) Stay in the large circle and distribute Good News. Read the title aloud and give the children a minute to examine the illustration. Ask: What does the title mean? The Church is not a building. It is the sum of all of us baptized people who build it up by worshiping together, learning together, doing good works together, acting the way Jesus acted toward God and other people.Give the children a moment to return to their desks to do the word find and to find the 12 hidden people. The 12 words hidden in the word find are deacon, priest, choir, musicians, servers, lector, ushers, teacher, parents, children, sister, you. You may wish to put these words on the board as a word bank.Story l Who Helped the Most? (page 2) Return to the story circle. Ask the children to turn to page 2 and fold their copies of Good News so only page 2 shows. Read the title aloud together. Ask: What do you think the story might be about? Read the story aloud to the children yourself, ask volunteers to read a section aloud, or go around the circle, asking the children to each take a line or paragraph. When you finish, ask the children to retell the story to check their comprehension.Discuss the story using the Know questions. Encourage thoughtful insight and discussion. This discussion prepares them for the Gospel.Activity l Stretch and Sing Have the children leave their copies of Good News in the story circle. Gather and standin the biggest open space you have in your teaching area. Invite them to sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6). Enjoy the beat and add movements. On the last verse, motion for the children to follow you, pick up their Good News copies, and gather in the area where you proclaim the Gospel.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will recognize a parable of God’s abundant love for us in Jesus’ story about a vineyard owner.Gospel Ritual Set aside an area where you can enthrone a Bible and display Good News. When the children gather here, they know they will hear the Word of God. Repeat a ritual each week to prepare the children to hear the Gospel.Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the Gospel proclamation.Sunday Gospel l God Is Generous (page 3) Have the children turn Good News over so only page 3 is showing. Ask: What are the two words at top left? Sunday Gospel. Ask: Who knows what a Gospel is? Some children might know that the reading from Mass we stand up for is the Gospel. It is what people from Jesus’ time wrote down so everyone in the world could learn about Jesus.Point out that the Gospel in Good News is like a play. Today’s Gospel has parts for four people and a part for the Workers/First Hired that everyone can say. You may wish to take the part of Landowner. Make sure the children understand that the word just means “fair.” Read the Gospel through once, then have the children retell it to you to check their comprehension. Read it again. They will grasp it better the second time.Conclude by thanking the children for proclaiming the Gospel. The Gospel will always be in parts so every child will have a turn.Ask the children the first Know question. Accept all answers. Enjoy listening to the children’s reasons.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)Read “The Church Is the People of God.” As members of the Church, we are called to love each other the way God loves us. Skip the bulleted questions for now.Discuss the doctrine using the second Know question. Use this question to get at the real meaning of the Gospel story—God’s love for us is so generous thatwe all get as much as we need. Summarize by asking the children to remember the parents in the story they read. They had enough pizza for everyone, no matter how many pieces of wood each boy carried.Catholic Faith Word l Jesus (page 4) Make sure the children understand Jesus in relation to the Holy Trinity.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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