First: Opening prayer - The Spiritist Volunteer will bring the book LEARNING HOW TO PRAY - A BOOK OF PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN by Elsa Rossi. The following story will be told:
‘Prayer for the Love in the World
My Dad always starts to pray by asking for protection for the world.
I want to do just like him and ask you to protect the world and to make love grow in people’s hearts.
May love be the smile in everybody, the joy of life and this way we all can be good neighbours and live in harmony?
Please Jesus, help the world to progress towards love!’
The Spiritist worker will introduce a box of prayer after the prayer and will ask for one child to volunteer himself/herself to read the prayer for the class. Please ask the child to say his/her words as well, as to complement the opening prayer. ...>>
Second: Welcome the children into the session. Say how happy we are to see them there and how important they are for the class. Play hot potato game with the children. When the music stops the child who is holding the hot potato ball will be asked to answer what they can do with their hands; ask for examples.
Third: Sing songs together; get the children to remain standing but in a circle.
Fourth: Get the children to work on the following puzzles. Each one will get a puzzle and, once completed, will need to explain what each word means. Make sure there’s at least one puzzle for each child; otherwise get them to work in pairs.
GOSPEL IN THE HOME
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SPIRITISM
Fifth: Get the children to work on the following activity. The volunteer will bring a box and will place several pieces of paper with the following explanations. The children will need to work collectively to place them in the correct order. The order should reflect how a gospel at home should be practiced. Get them to explain it as well.
· The family gets together to start the meeting.
· The Gospel in the Home starts with a simple sincere spontaneous opening prayer.
· The family opens a passage from the book called GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SPIRITISM
· Each family member will then say what he/she understood of that passage. It is also important to allow time and opportunity to ask questions and discuss.
· Finally the closing prayer. Again with simplicity, sincerity and uplifted thoughts. This prayer should include positive thoughts for our planet, the many countries, human suffering in the areas most needy, for peace and loving vibrations to envelop everything in nature and everyone. Remember also hospitals, nursing staff, doctors, etc., those who are sick, etc., etc.
Sixth: Get the children to ‘rehearse’ a Gospel in the Home. Please note the volunteer will merely guide them, but encourage them to follow their lead. The GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SPIRITISM will be given to them and the children will be encouraged to hold it and use it. The Gospel According to Spiritism for Young Adults and Beginners by Laura Bergallo will also be used as a reference guide.
Seventh: Get the children to ‘present’ the Gospel in the Home to the other children.
Eighth: Get the children to help cleaning the room; one of the children will do a closing prayer; encourage the children to volunteer for this task. If they don’t want to collaborate we could say we will follow the letters of the alphabet. The child’s name that starts with the letter A will do the opening prayer this time. Everybody will have the chance to collaborate.
Class suggested being suitable for: 1st cycle (7 to 8 years old)
Suggested activity to be given as Homework: