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 being a part of your vineyard and learning to bear fruit. Help us to learn and grow together. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Large Group Bible Story: Matthew 21:33-46
Read the Parable of the Wicked Tenants in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21%3A33-46&version=ERV
We used the Whirl Story Bible for our resource. It was the story called “Whose Vineyard is it?” You can purchase your own copy here: https://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/19372/Whirl-Story-Bible-Lectionary-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.
This month, I developed the resource for the center of the bulletin. You can find this resource here: Fruits of the Spirit leaflet 10 8 17
Large Group Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you give us everything we need. Help us to remember that it all belongs to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Activity: Fruits of the Spirit Fruit Salad
1 banana, sliced
strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 can fruit cocktail (with pineapple, cherries, peaches, pears)
1 apple, cut in small chunks
1 small bunch of grapes
juice of ½ lemon
¼ seasonal melon, cut in chunks (we will use cantaloupe)
Taking the ingredients one by one, let the children assist you in mixing them up in a large bowl. Remind them what each fruit means as you put it in. Serve in small bowls with forks.
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