Advent Hope Ribbon Prayer (Flame: Creative Children's Ministry)
Teach about the hope of Advent
Advent in a Box (Building Faith)
Fill up a box of activities for your sessions, teach the lesson and send one home for the family.
Planning for Advent #2
As we continue to do our preparations for learning sessions in Advent, try coming up with a new approach for your learners. Try to include some family involvement. These links that can connect families with your learning sessions.
Planning for Advent
Looking for a new idea for Advent? Families are involved in so many activities in anticipation of Christmas. Let us help our young learners understand the reason that we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Now is the time to really focus on the Advent season. Prepare lesson plans that teach about the themes of this season--darkness and light, promises of the prophets, Mary's call to birth the savior, staying steadfast as disciples, meeting John the Baptist. See the links below for lesson ideas.
This week: an overview of teaching about Advent, a lesson & craft about darkness and light, and some ideas of how to simplify decorating for liturgical year environments. More links will follow in the upcoming weeks.
Waiting and Preparation: Teaching Advent and Christmas
Joe Paprocki - Catechist's Journey
The Light Shines in the Darkness: John 1 Light Craft and Activity
Flame: Creative Children blog
Decorating for the Liturgical Year
Look to Him and Be Radiant blog
How Can Parents Explain Halloween to Their Children?
Reaching Out to Parents
As a catechist, you see the parents as they bring their learners for Faith Formation. As important as it is to be focused on our learners, the ability to support the family also has a very important place in Faith Formation. Children who are supported by their parents in faith will be more capable in understanding what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. If they experience faith at home, they will see the faith lived out. As their child's catechist you have an opportunity to develop a relationship with the parents by welcoming their interest in their children. This post by Jared Dees from his book, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach offers some ideas on ways to approach this relationship.
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