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 I can help.
Children can be good helpers. Draw a way you can help.
Draw yourself here.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Share Experiences
Objectives ● The children will: ●  Identifywaystheyhelpothers.
●  Recognizewhohelpsthemgrowandchange.
Gather in a circle and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
to begin your class session.
Gathering Prayer “Jesus, thank you for giving us families to take care of us. Thank you for neighbors and friends too. Help us learn how to be more helpful and loving to everyone.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity ● I can help. (page 1) Move to the story area. Ask: How have you helped someone today? Distribute pages 1–2 of Promise, read the title sentence on page 1, and invite the children to describe the helping situations. Distribute crayons and give the children time to draw themselves helping the woman.
Story ● Brian and the Terrible Face (page 2) Direct the children to put their copies of Promise on the floor in front of them. Ask: When do you not feel like helping? Pick up your own copy of Promise and turn to page 2. Show the children the page, read the title aloud, and make sure they see the terrible face. Direct them to crease the page from top to bottom so only the first column shows. Read the story one column at a time, inviting the children to add the words the drawings represent. Invite them to retell the story to check their comprehension. Read the question aloud and accept all answers. Brian’s parents joked with him instead of ordering him to smile. Ask: Why did this work?
Divide into pairs and direct the children to read the story aloud together. Summarize: Brian’s parents helped him get out of a bad mood. Maybe Brian will help someone at school and pass it on.
Activity ● 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 recognize ways Jesus healed.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24). Lead the children in tracing a cross on their foreheads, lips, and hearts. Pray: “We pray for God’s Word to be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.”
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus brings healing and happiness. Ask: Who can tell us what happened in the
Gospel story last week? Jesus was teaching in a synagogue when a man with a bad spirit yelled at him. Jesus healed the man.
After they left the synagogue, Jesus and his new friends went to Capernaum where Simon Peter and Andrew lived. When Jesus visited the home of Simon Peter and Andrew, he was told that Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with fever. Jesus went to her, held out his hand, helped her up, and healed her. Suddenly, she had no fever. She got out of bed and began to serve Jesus.
Everyone in the village heard what Jesus had done. By that evening, they had all come to Peter’s house, bringing people who were sick. Jesus cured many of the sick people.
Early the next morning, Jesus left the house and went to a quiet place to pray. Simon Peter and some of Jesus’ other followers found him in his quiet place and said, “Everyone is looking for you.” Jesus said, “Let’s go to other villages so I can preach there too. This is why I have come.” So that’s what they did.
Ask: How did Jesus help? Jesus shows God’s love for all.
Activity ● How does Jesus help? (pages 3–4) Move to the work area. Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise. Have your copy folded to show the children what to do and how their folding story will look when it’s finished. Help the children make the folds. When everyone is ready, read the story together.
Creative Drama Begin with Jesus calling the fishermen at the lake when they leave their nets and follow Jesus. Next, have Peter invite them to his house. Peter’s wife meets them with the news of her mother’s illness. When Jesus heals the sick woman and she begins to serve him, be sure you don’t have her just bring lunch. She is a follower like the men disciples. She praises God for sending Jesus and stays by Jesus, observing his loving and healing actions and helping other sick people.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
God’s Promise to Noah (page 10)
Ask: Who knows the story of Noah and the ark? Invite them to share what they know. You may wish to read the story of Noah from a children’s Bible or picture book.

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