"The whole trouble is that -- literally -- we do not know what is good for us; and what makes the trouble still worse is that we think we do. We have our own plans for our happiness, and too often we merely regard God as somebody who will help us to accomplish them. The true state of affairs is just the opposite. God has His plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help Him to accomplish them. And let us be quite clear about it: We cannot improve on God's plans." This Tremendous Lover, M. Eugene Boylan, O.C.R.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

He is the Vine and We are the Branches

 This week's lesson focuses in on growing closer to Christ through His Church, specifically the sacraments.  Very simple oultline below!

9:15 pray

9:20 Station One

            Children will get to trace their hands on green construction paper, then cut them out (as able, adults to help little ones).  On the wall, a vine will be drawn on a long piece of butcher paper.  On the paper it will say “He is the vine and we are the branches.”  Read to the children scripture, and then they get to attach their handprints as leaves on the vine.  Grape clusters will have each of the sacraments on them.  We will remind the children that we stay attached to Christ through the sacraments.


John 15:5….I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

9:30 Station Two

            Biggest children will work on their text book reading.  Middle and Smaller children will have Getting to Know God by John Kosmas Skinas read to them.


9:40  Station Three

            Lesson with me.  Biggest children will complete book work.  Middle and Littlest children will also SING A SONG: His Banner Over Me is Love (Verse… HE is the vine and WE are the branches… stand straight and tall for the VINE and stretch out arms and legs in funny shapes for the branches).


Binder handout:  Sacrament quiz from text book, God with Us, grade 6.


Ideas from the lesson were based on activities at :  http://www.sermons4kids.com/true_vine_group_activities.htm

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