First: Welcome the children into the session. Say how happy we are to see them and how important they are for the class. Explain we will follow the letters of the alphabet in order to choose the volunteer for the opening prayer. So, the child’s name that starts with the letter A will do the opening prayer this time. Everybody will have the chance to collaborate as the weeks passed by.
After that, the Spiritist worker will introduce the “Raffle Box of Prayers”. In your turn, each child will open the box, choose one prayer and read it loudly for whole class. We will do it until all the kids have their chance to choose and read a prayer.
When the activity with the “Raffle box of Prayers” finishes the volunteer will collect the booklet “The Lord’s Prayer” with the children who was responsible in the previous week.
The volunteer can make up few questions, such as:
· What did you most like in this prayer;
· What could you learn during the week with the prayer and others
ach child will receive a piece of paper in order to create your own prayer. As soon as they finish they would be able to read it to their colleagues and put the prayers inside the “Raffle box of Prayers”
The volunteer will bring some music instruments made from recycled materials. The kids should decorate them and sing songs afterwards using their instruments.
My God is so Big
Jesus love is very wonderful
Fourth: Story Time - The volunteer will tell them the Story called: “Paula and Alice”
Paula was a little girl who lives very happy with her family. All the family get very well together, they listen to each other, they help each other to take care of the house, they don't shout, and they share everything together, food, toys, etc...
Alice, on the other hand, was a very sad girl because her family didn't live in harmony. They shout to each other, they speak very loud, they fight for the toys and all the things at home, and they never want to clean and tide up the house.
One day, Paula was passing in front of Alice's house and she heard Alice crying outside. Paula immediately asked Alice why she was sad and crying that much. Alice told her that she was very sad, because she couldn't live in peace at her home. Everybody shouts at each other...
Paula decided to invite Alice to her house for dinner. Alice was really happy with the invitation and asked her mom if she could go. Her mom said yes and Alice went to Paula's house for dinner that night.
When Alice arrived in Paula's home, she was very surprised with the harmony and peaceful place that Paula lived. All family members were friends and respectful to each other and they always listened to what someone was saying.
After having a delicious dinner at the table, where everybody was very polite and showing very good manners to eat, Paula's mom invited Alice to join their weekly reunion to study the Jesus's gospel. Alice never heard of it before, but she was curious and accepted the invitation. They all read a part of the gospel and discussed what Jesus wanted to teach them with those words. Alice was very happy and she enjoyed a lot to learn Jesus' teaching. When Alice went back home, she told her family everything that about the good manners and good behaviours of Paula's family and also about the Jesus' gospel. Her family realised that they were not treating each other very well and that they could change their attitude to have good behaviours between one another. They were so touched by what Alice told them that they decided to study the gospel of Jesus as well at home.
Please see the pictures of the story here below.
Fifth: Little chat about the story - The volunteer should help the children to think about:
· How do I interact with my parents at home?
· What do I do in order to help my parents and brother/sister at home?
· The importance of the prayer
· Jesus at home and in our hearts
· What we can do to develop it?
Sixth: Video - After the previous quickly conversation the volunteer will explain how important it is to pray to Jesus and also to keep our hearts closer to him through good thoughts and actions.
Seventh: Activity – Let’s Jesus gets closer to our hearts
The volunteer will put all the children into a circle after the activity and ask one by one: “Does Jesus live in your heart? What do you do to let Jesus live there?”
Eighth: Mimic Activity - The volunteer will ask all the children to sit in line. After, he/she will bring a big box which will contain many pictures showing good behaving by children. Each child in his/her turn should take one picture from the box and copy/mimic the action showed without saying any word.
The volunteer will bring many different pictures of good and bad actions.
They also will stick on the wall a happy and unhappy face. Each child at his/her turn will be asked to choose one picture and place it in a happy or unhappy face. The volunteer should interact with the kids during this activity making up questions.
Suggested activity to be given as Homework: