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Wheat Becomes Bread
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Farmers use combines to cut the wheat and to separate the grains of wheat from the stalks and hulls.
At the mill, the grains of wheat are ground into flour.
Bakers mix flour with water, salt, and yeast to make dough.
They stir and knead the dough. They make different kinds of bread to eat.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 18, 2018
5th Sunday of Lent Volume 36, Number 4
Share Experiences
Objective The children will learn about wheat and bread. Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I
Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to live with us and for teaching us about God. Help us to listen to your words and to grow as God’s children.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l Wheat Becomes Bread (page 1) Gather in a story circle. Distribute Good News and have the children read the cover title and describe the top two illustrations.
Ask: Has anyone seen wheat growing? If possible, provide library books about growing wheat and a stalk of wheat or wheat seeds. The wheat seed germinates in the ground, sends down roots and then pushes up green leaves through the soil. The seed develops a stem (or stalk) on which many other seeds grow. The farmer harvests the grain with a combine, which separates the grains from the stalks and hulls (or chaff ).
Tell the children that in Jesus’time, the grain was harvested by hand. People used long knives on handles to cut the stalks down near the ground. Others tied the stalks together into a sheaf. At the threshing floor, they beat the stalk until all the grain came off. They then scooped up the grain and tossed it into the air over and over again until the chaff, all the leftover bits of stalk and outside kernel, blew away. They then ground the grain into flour.
Direct the children to look at the bottom two photos and tell you in their own words how the bread they eat today comes to them.
Story l Making Bread Together (page 2) Ask: Has anyone ever helped make bread? If possible, provide some library books or cookbooks about making bread. Read this story aloud
as a class with a different reader for each paragraph. If possible, prepare bread dough beforehand and bring it to class when it’s almost ready for the oven. Use the parish or school kitchen to bake the bread during your class. The smell of baking bread or fresh-baked bread will make this an unforgettable Good News session—and the bread will make a great snack.
Discuss the story using the Know questions.
1. Father Everett wanted the children to experience bread as something many people are a part of, just as we need
many people in our church communities. 2. Jesus made bread the sign of his love because it’s a common food in many parts of the world. He wanted his Body to be available to everyone.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “Have You Ever Seen a Mustard Seed?” (CD-2, #15).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children children will connect wheat with Jesus’ sacri ce.
Gather in the Gospel area and sing “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD-2, #23). Direct the children to sit in a circle.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Like a Grain of Wheat (page 3) Assign five readers to proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel. Then refer back to the second Know question on page 2. Review the answers given earlier. Ask: Can we add
anything more to our answer after hearing the Gospel? The symbolism of the grain dying to bring new life is a symbol of Jesus’ life. It takes many grains of wheat to make bread. It takes many Christians to make a Church.
Activity l Creative Moment Invite the children to pretend they are seeds and demonstrate to you with their bodies and faces what happens to a seed when it’s buried in the ground, when it begins to send down roots, when it sends forth shoots through the soil, and finally becomes a mature plant.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Read together “Jesus’ Death Gives Life.” When you get to
the last sentence, help the children make the connection that making a sacrifice is a form of “dying”—putting the needs or wants of another before your own. We “die to self ” when we make sacrifices. Out of our sacrifices, good things can grow in our lives and in the lives of others. If this concept is difficult for the children to grasp, invite them to think about the people who make sacrifices for them. Ask: What kinds of sacrifices do your parents make for you? How do good things grow from their sacrifices?
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
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