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                                                                                                                                                               February 18, 2018 • 1st Sunday of Lent
What the Church Believes and Teaches
God Wants to Be Close to People (page 6)
  Ask the children: What important covenant have you already likely made with God? Most of the children won’t remember
this special promise. Remind the children that they became part of the new and everlasting covenant with God when they were baptized. Their parents and sponsors promised, on their behalf, that they would be raised to live as children of God.
Read aloud a paragraph at a time. Stop and ask for questions after each. Note: Venture children are just beginning to ponder BIG thoughts. Don’t worry if they don’t respond with great enthusiasm to these paragraphs. You are planting seeds. Some of the words will stick with some of the children.
Continue the activity on the forms of prayer you began last week. There are six weeks in Lent and six kinds of prayer: blessing, adoration, petition, intercession, Thanksgiving, and praise. Each week during Lent, allow the children to select one form of prayer that you will offer together as a class.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.
   Our Catholic Faith l God Makes a Covenant With Noah (page 5) If time permits, read about Noah and the  ood in Genesis 7–8. Then, working in pairs, have the children read this feature. When all pairs have  nished, ask volunteers to use the four illustrations to retell the story.
Discuss the four questions (bottom right) as a class. Answers: The animals gather in the ark. The  ood waters wash away everything except Noah and others in the ark. The rainbow promises that God will never destroy the earth again. The waters of Baptism wash away sin; they promise new life of membership in God’s family.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Explore and make covenant agreements.
l Commit to personal change during Lent.
Living the Gospel l A Covenant Makes a New Relationship (pages 6–7) Read aloud page 6 which describes the purpose and parts of a covenant. Emphasize the story of Noah and the covenant God made with him. Read aloud the
introduction to the Class Covenant together. Brainstorm ideas for practical ways your class needs to improve. Write these ideas on the board; then have the class decide what covenant terms they will commit themselves to, and choose a sign of that covenant.
Give the children time to complete the Class Covenant section on page 7. Post one copy in your classroom. Finally, allow the children time to make their own personal, private covenant for Lent. Encourage them to review their commitment every week during Lent. Give the children time to write their commitment on the My Covenant for Lent strips at the bottom of page 7, and then cut off the strip. They will use these strips during the Closing Prayer and throughout Lent as a reminder of their commitments.
Quiz l Review and Reveal (page 8) Allow the children to answer the quiz questions on their own. The letters from the correct responses will reveal an important message: G-O-S-P-E-L means G-O-O-D N-E-W-S.
Closing Prayer Ask the children to bring their My Covenant for Lent strips to the prayer circle. Give the children time to pray for God’s help in making these important changes in their lives. Then pray together: Leader: God, we know you are with us when things are easy and when times are hard. Be with us as we work to grow and change during Lent. All respond: Amen.
Play “Remember You Are Dust” (CD-1, #10) to close your time together.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.
 Lesson Wrap-Up
 November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Answer the following questions based on the lesson.
1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?
2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?
3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.
4. When do we pray psalms?
5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?
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How Can I Grow Close to God?
People want to be close to God, and God wants to be close to people. In Sacred Scripture we learn how he has revealed himself to us throughout history in words and actions. God still reaches out to us today. In your Baptism you were blessed with a special closeness to God. In him you can  nd complete happiness.
In the space below, jot down some note on how you will listen for God’s closeness to you this week.
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Use Activity #1 from the Venture Activity Book book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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