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               Teaching This Week’s Lesson
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Objective The children will learn the meaning of Alleluia. Gather in a circle and sing “Come Gather” (CD-2, #2) to
begin your class session.
Gathering Prayer The children remain standing as you pray: “Dear God, help us to listen today. We want to learn more about Jesus. Thank you for raising Jesus up and for filling us with new life too.” The children respond, “Amen. Alleluia.”
Activity l Alleluia! Ask: If you are at a ballgame and your team scores, what do you yell? Hooray! Yay! Way to go! Explain that shouting out a word is a way of celebrating the team’s success. Print Alleluia on the board. Invite the children to repeat it after you. Explain that Alleluia is a happy, joyful word that means “praise God.”
Play and sing “Easter People” (CD-1, #14). If you have bells, let the children ring them on the Alleluias.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will hear and tell the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection.
Activity l Gospel Warm-Up Sit in a story circle. Ask: What do you remember from the Palm Sunday lesson? What happened to Jesus next? What is this Sunday about?
Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare the children for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus is Risen! (page 1) Distribute pages 1–2 of Seeds and ask: What do you see in the cover picture? How does it make you feel? Tell the Gospel story to the children. Note: We have added Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene since it follows the Easter Gospel in John’s Gospel.
God sent Jesus to help people and to show them how much God loves them. Jesus made many friends. But some people thought Jesus made himself too much like God. They thought Jesus was dangerous.
Jesus’ enemies put him to death one Friday afternoon. Some of his friends buried him in a cave tomb and then went away. The next day was Saturday. It was a special holy day, so everyone stayed home.
Early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene went to Jesus’ tomb. The stone at the entrance of the tomb had been moved. Mary ran to tell Peter and the disciple Jesus loved. Peter and the other disciple
ran to the tomb. It was empty. The piece of cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was rolled up. The beloved disciple saw and believed. Then Peter and the other disciple left.
Mary stayed by the tomb, crying. Then she looked inside the tomb and saw two angels sitting where the body of Jesus had been. “Why are you crying?” the angels asked. “They have taken away my Lord’s body! I don’t know where they have put him,” Mary said. Then she turned around and saw a man she thought was the gardener. The man asked, “Why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?” Mary said, “Sir, if you have taken Jesus’ body away, please tell me, so I
can go and get him.” The man said her name, “Mary!” It was Jesus! “Teacher,” Mary said. Jesus said, “Go tell my followers I’m returning to my Father.” Mary went and told Jesus’ followers, “I have seen the Lord!”
Direct the children to look at the cover again. Read the title. Review the story with the children. Move to the work area and distribute crayons. Give the children time to color in the rest of the cover illustration.
Activity l Gospel Drama Act out the Easter story. Have the children pretend they are Jesus’ friends and are going to the tomb. As you reread the Easter story, the children show by their facial expressions how Jesus’ friends feel. Read slowly so this can happen.
Activity l Jesus is Risen! (pages 1–2) Gather the children in the work area. Use your copy of Seeds and turn to page 2. Read the words, pointing to them with your finger so the children catch on to the rebus. Read them again, having the children follow along with their fingers in their copies of Seeds.
Distribute scissors and demonstrate how to cut across the top of the illustration on page 2. Follow the diagrams to fold the tomb over Jesus and Mary. There are small numbers in the four corners. The folding is easier when the corners are folded over in this order, but the activity works no matter which corner is folded first. When all the children have completed their folding, direct them to put their activity on their desks. They unfold it to reveal the Risen Jesus as you read again the words of the rebus Easter proclamation.
Activity l Stretch and Sing In the open area, have the children squat and put their bodies in the smallest space possible to be Jesus inside the tomb. Play “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) again. When the children hear the words Alleluia, alleluia, they slowly unfold and stretch as high as they can. Repeat this three times.
 Jesus is Risen!
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 1 & April 8, 2018
Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter

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