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What Are Rules for a Friendly Playground?
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Circle the problems on this playground. Which rules could help with the problems?
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March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objective The children will explore what rules they need to play together.
Begin Good News class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Loving God, we thank you for loving us. Help us to treat others with love. Help us admit when we have done wrong and ask for forgiveness from you and from anyone else we have hurt.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l What Are Rules for a Friendly Playground? (page 1) Gather in your work area and ask the question on the top of page 1. When the children have had time
to respond, distribute Good News and let them find the problems. Encourage them to talk with each other about rules these children need. Possibilities: big kids stay off little kids’ toys; don’t run through a jump rope game; share the soccer field; no teasing; no leaving kids out, take turns. Give them time to write down three rules, then turn to page 2.
Story l Four-Square Trouble (page 2) This problem will be familiar to most children. It is really a form of bullying to make a playground game into something exclusive to only a few. Zach and Sasha may make up, but the problem on the playground is likely to continue.
Discuss the Know questions related to the story. As time allows, also ask: What do you think Jesus would do? Would he make Four Square a boys-only game? Would he
tell the teacher about the boys, or would he encourage the children to talk it over?
Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will learn that Jesus is love and light.
Play and sing “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD-2, #23) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel Prayer Service l God So Loved the World (page 3) From the beginning of the year, Good News has provided activities and prayer services that help children find concrete ways to show respect and love in the Good News
class. Take time to review how your class has tried to show love during the months you have been together. Children may have tried to listen when others are speaking, include all children
in activities, take care of common supplies, and not laugh at children’s mistakes. You may have tried not to cut children off or play favorites. After this discussion, give the children a moment of quiet for each of them to decide on a way to show love to mention in the Gospel prayer service. Appoint a leader and four readers and gather in a circle to celebrate the Gospel as a prayer service.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 2) Read and discuss “Jesus Is Our Light.”
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Sacraments of Initiation (page 26)
The children should have some familiarity with the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This activity will be a fun way for them to identify a sign of each of these sacraments.
Pass out crayons or colored pencils. Make sure the children understand the directions, then allow them some time to complete the coloring activity. Make sure they write in their answers to the questions at the bottom of the page:
l The sign of Baptism is water.
l The sign of Confirmation is fire.
l The signs of Eucharist are bread and a chalice, or cup, of wine.
Discuss what these sacramental signs tell us about what happens to us—both on the outside and on the inside—in each sacrament.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.

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