1. Sunday August 12th Fr. Anthony will meet with the teachers 2. Sunday August 19th and 26th Fr. Anthony will meet with the parents 3. Sunday September 2nd will be the First Day for getting together for Religious Education class at 9:30 am. Thank you!
We invite all children and youth to come to the Divine Liturgy! Please come to church! Many thanks with appreciation to all the parents, grandparents,godparents and friends for your support and commitment!!!
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Religious Education October 2018
The lessons presented to the children in October were “Making a Difference” and “Let Your Light Shine”, both from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website (goarch.org/projects/lessons). In “Making a Difference”, the class listened to the story “One Starfish At a Time” and an excerpt from St. Theophan’s Letter to a young girl who wanted to make a difference in the world. The children thought of ways to make small differences in their surroundings through their loving words and actions. In “Let Your Light Shine”, the class listened to Matthew 5:14-17. The children learned that our light comes from God and then discussed ways they can make their light stronger and share that light with the world. At the end of both lessons, the children had the opportunity to make a small difference in the world and to share their light with others by making happy cards for children in the hospital. The cards were sent to Cards For Hospitalized Kids and will be distributed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital among others.
Objective To show children that they are capable of doing good to others, no matter how small their service may be. God calls us to love Him through loving others, and we can do this in small ways everyday. Opening Prayer In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus Christ, bless us today and everyday. Amen.
Activity Cards for Children Have the participants make cards to send to a hospital for children. They should be happy cards to cheer the patients up. Explain to the group that these kids are just like them, only sick, and sending them a happy card would definitely make a difference in their world. www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com *mailed to Cards for Hospitalized Kids 7290 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60631 Closing Prayer Christ our God, we thank you for illuminating our lives and setting the ultimate example for us, which is to always do good unto others and love one another. Please show us the small ways we can make changes in the world by serving and loving others. Amen.
Modified so that children present could participate in the same activity as the previous week, but with a new message.
Objective To show children that Christ, the Light of the world, made them all with special gifts and talents. It is their job as Christians to find these talents and let them shine, reflecting the light of Christ. Opening Prayer Lord, You are the light of the world. Let your light shine in our hearts. Amen. ICE BREAKER: Ask children to simply go around the circle, sharing their names. Scripture Ask for a volunteer to read Matthew 5:14 – 17. The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Discuss Throughout the discussion, make a list of ways to make our light shine brighter vs. ways one’s light may grow dim.
What does it mean to be a “light”?
Ask how we get this light? (Given to us by God)
How can we strengthen it? (going to church, receiving communion, reading the bible, praying, doing good works)
Does it ever go out? Completely? (It may dim if we stray from Christ’s path, but never completely goes out.)
How to be make it burn brighter? (renewing our faith: communion, church, prayer, good works, etc) To summarize, being a “light of the world” means working our hardest to live like Jesus Christ did because he is the best example of a “light of the world”
How do we share our lights with others?
How can we let our light shine in our families, at school, with friends, with neighbors, at church, etc? (If some children are having a hard time coming up with answers, refer back to their favorite sport and ask how they help out their teammates, coaches…etc.)
Activity Explain how in the previous week, children made a small difference in a child’s life by making them a happy card. Children make cards for hospitalized children as a way to “share their light” with others. Closing Prayer Christ our God, We are glad that we have You as a light to show us the way to heaven. Please let Your light shine brightly within us. Amen.
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