I must have learnt to speak even before learning to breathe; and I have not stopped speaking since. This made teaching a lesson about “controlling the tongue” hit close to home. One of those moments when you look towards heaven with a smile and whisper, “nicely played, God”.
Tower of Babel 101 I had the blessing of teaching a lesson about the Tower of Babel. I must admit, I thought that this lesson would be rather "simple" to prepare and deliver. After all, most of the students in my class ( grade three) must have heard this story at least once, if not more, before. Lesson plan I decided to start the lesson with a little game of "broken telephone" just to illustrate how communication can be difficult sometimes. After a few rounds full of giggles, one of the students automatically made the link between the game and...
Saint Pachomios was born to pagan parents and was a soldier in the army of the Roman Empire – not a likely candidate for the future role of founder of Communal Monasticism.
The kids were amazed by the pictures and the price tags ( as I was when I was researching the topic- $24,000.00 night????)
I asked them to describe the rooms in one word.
They came up with ” amazing” , “elegant” , “incredible”.
We started our discussion with a fundamental question: why do we need commandments?
I asked them to imagine how class/school would be if there were no rules. Their answers ranged from “no learning possible” to “setting the school on fire!”.
It took 12 lemons to turn a jug of water into a bitter tasting beverage.
And it took 3 tablespoons of sugar to turn the bitter beverage into a sweet and refreshing lemonade.
How many times are we in a situation where we have to choose between Church and an activity on Sunday morning? How many times do we choose Church?
How many times do we follow the crowd instead of the Creed?
Moment of truth: Sunday School is not always ‘fun’. At least not by the kids’ standards of what constitutes fun. There are no video-games, super heroes or animation. They are required to sit down and to listen to “a lesson”, either a story or a spiritual concept or to learn about the history of the Church ( through discussions about the Feasts, Fasts and Sacraments).
How do you explain the need for Baptism to 3rd graders? I struggled with this question as I was preparing my Sunday School lesson.
“Mommy, can I have a hamburger after Church? Please?”