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 thank you for this time to learn more about how you truly God’s Son. Help us to learn and grow together. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Large Group Bible Story: Mark 9:2-9
Read about the Transfiguration in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+9%3A2-9&version=ERV
We used the Spark Story Bible for our resource. It was the story called “The Transfiguration.” 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. This month, we used the children’s bulletin from Spark, available on Sundays and Seasons. You can use the children’s bulletin from your church.
Large Group Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you are God’s Son. Help us to always listen to you. In your name we pray, Amen.
Activity: Bury the Alleluia
One tradition that our churches practice on Transfiguration Sunday is to prepare for Lent (which begins on the Wednesday after Transfiguration Sunday) by burying the Alleluia. We say goodbye to the Alleluia because it is a celebration word that we save until the miracle of Easter. You can learn more about this practice here: https://www.buildfaith.org/saying-goodbye-to-the-alleluia/#gref
A small box (we used shiny jewelry boxes)
A print out of the coloring Alleluia or “tracing” Alleluia on cardstock: Transfiguration Alleluia 18, Transfiguration Trace Alleluia 18
Scissors or paper cutter
Tape (we used gold washi tape)
- Cut out the individual letters of the Alleluia. Our younger ones will use the “tracing” Alleluia, and the older ones the “coloring” Alleluia.
- Tape them together on the back, accordion style.
- Decorate them as you wish.
- Once they are decorated, sing a little Alleluia song. Our favorites are “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah” and the “Celtic Alleluia.”
- Fold your Alleluia up and place it in the box. Tape the box shut, and write “Do not open until Easter” on the tape.
- Hide your box in an out of the way place that you will still remember by Easter.
- (I am planning to put jingle bracelets in the boxes and re-tape them just before Easter. We will open them in church on Easter morning!)
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