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Jesus teaches about love.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 29, 201730th Sunday in Ordinary Time.Share ExperiencesObjective The children will recognize how friends care for and help each other.Gather in a circle to play and sing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18) as you prepare to begin class with prayer.Gathering Prayer “Jesus, thank you for coming to live in our world. You had friends to play with just like us. Teach us how to be good friends to each other and to our brothers and sisters. We want to be like you.” The children respond, “Amen.”Story l What are friends for? (page 4) Stay in the circle. Ask: What are friends for? Friends are to play with, help, listen to you, go to school with, share treats with, and so on. Keep the discussion brief.Distribute Promise and direct the children to turn to page 4. Read the story title aloud. Identify the two characters in the story—Tina and Jason. Then read the story aloud together. Ask: What kind of friends are Tina and Jason? Tina trusts Jason with her fish. Jason listens to Tina and learns how to take care of the fish. Ask: Will Jason ask Tina to help him sometime? Divide your group into pairs and have the children read the story together.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children learn Jesus’ Great Commandment.Invite the children to bring their copies of Promise to the Gospel area and sit in a circle. Display your own copy there. Sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24).Sunday Gospel l Jesus teaches about love. (page 1) Invite the children to look at the Promise cover illustration. Explain that Jesus taught people many wonderful things. Direct the children to find Jesus. Explain that when he lived on earth with us, Jesus answered everybody’s questions about God.One day, a man asked Jesus what the most important rule in the whole world was. Jesus said, “There are two important rules. Rule One is that you should love God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. Rule Two is that you should love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. All the other rules are little rules next to these two big ones.”Ask: What are some of the ways people are showing love to God and to each other?l  Man in bottom center is praying. Praying is a way of loving God.TG1-26Ask: What do you think the man might be saying to God?l  Man at bottom left is hoeing his vines to earn a living for his family.l  Woman at bottom right is taking care of a child.l  Girl at top left is helping a smaller child climb onto a wall.Ask: What does Jesus say are the two most important rules? Love God and love other people. Decide as a class how you will show love for God and for each other today.Activity l Stretch and Move Gather the children in pairs or threes in the open area. Ask them to act out some things friends do together: Jump rope. / Play catch with a football. / Play soccer. / Taking turns shooting baskets. / Play follow the leader. / Push younger kids in swings. / Get on ponies and ride to our work area.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesJesus Teaches Us (page 21)When the children have ridden their ponies to the work area, direct them to open their Catechism handbooks to page 21. This activity page gives the children practice in applying Jesus’ Law of Love.Read the text to the children. Invite them to visualize each teaching of Jesus listed on the page. Ask: How can you do each of these things? They might tell about how they have been fair, a time when they told the truth, and so on.After the children complete the coloring activity, invite volunteers to act out each example of someone following Jesus. Let them add their own ideas of how the children follow the teaching of Jesus. The rest of the class may guess what action is being demonstrated.If time allows, invite the children to make a collage. On a large sheet of poster board, print Jesus Teaches Us. Direct the children to look through magazines for pictures that show people helping, sharing, forgiving, and so on. Glue or tape them to the poster board.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, page 2–3.

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