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 are the Word of God, the Lord of Life, and the Light of the World. Help us to learn and grow together. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Large Group Bible Story: John 1:1-18
Read about Jesus, the Word in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1%3A1-18&version=ERV
We used the Whirl Lectionary Story Bible for our resource. It was the story called “Jesus, the Word.” You can purchase your own copy here: https://www.wearesparkhouse.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. This month, I developed the resource specifically for our children. You can access it here (John 1 leaflet), or 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 the Word, our Life, and our Light. Help us bring your Word to those who need Light in their Life. In your name we pray, Amen.
Activity: Candle Chrismons
Chrismons are Christian Christmas tree decorations that tell the story of Jesus. They are white and gold to remind us that Jesus is pure and holy, as well as king of all creation. You can learn more about Chrismons here: http://www.chrismon.org/chrismons-ministry.html Because we talked about Jesus as the light of the world during this devotion time, I thought it would be neat to do a candle Chrismon for the Christmas trees of our families. If you make extra, feel free to bring them to area nursing homes, the shut-ins of your congregation, or give them out when you are Christmas caroling this season!
Candle outline, printed on cardstock (Candle Chrismons)
white craft foam
gold or white ribbon, for hangers
gold metallic Sharpies
white glitter glue
gold glitter glue
1. Cut out the candle outline and glue it to the craft foam PRINTED SIDE DOWN, sandwiching the ends of the ribbon in between the two pieces. This will give you both an outline to cut out and a firm backing for your Chrismon. When the glue is dry, cut out the foam. I did this in advance.
2. Outline the foam side of the Chrismon in gold Sharpie. Decorate with glitter and glitter glue, as desired.
3. When it is fully dry, hang it on your Christmas tree, or in another prominent spot where you will see it often.
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