One of the churches in our parish has begun having inter-generational Sunday School once per month. We call it “Children’s Devotion Time” or “CDT.” Each child in the class has an older adult who serves as an individual mentor during devotion time. It includes an opening prayer, a large group Bible Story, an age-appropriate leaflet about the day that they work on in child/adult pairs, a closing prayer, and a simple craft. It is based on Family God Time, but done at church and for a larger group. Join us in this new faith formation experiment!
You can learn more about just how we have set this up here: Children’s Devotion Time Instructions
Large Group Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we are thankful for this time to learn more about God’s house. Help us to learn and grow together. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Large Group Bible Story: John 14:1-14
Read about Jesus’ description of God’s house in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14%3A1-14&version=ERV
We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource. It was the story called “God’s House.” You can purchase your own copy here: https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/8122/Spark-Story-Bible-Sunday-School-Edition
Work in Pairs:
Each child/adult pair has a four-page leaflet to work on which is developmentally appropriate for the child. They work through the leaflet together, taking as much time as they need. I get these resources from sundaysandseasons.com, which is a paid subscription lectionary resource that my parish subscribes to. You could also work through a children’s bulletin for the week from your church.
Large Group Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you always make room for us, and that we always have a home with you. Help us to learn to welcome others, as you first welcome us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Activity: God’s House
House Template printed on cardstock: God’s House Template
2 Popsicle Sticks per house
- Cut out the house template and fold the front doors in.
- Color the outside of the house as a house.
- Open the front doors and draw a picture of yourself.
- Close the front doors again and glue the popsicle sticks to the roof of the house. Allow to dry. (When I made my example, I glued the sticks on first. I do not recommend it. 🙂 )
Blessings on your time together! I hope it is a holy time for you!
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