Respect to others for First Cycle

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 a few questions, such as:
·        What did you most like in this prayer;
·        What could you learn during the week with the prayer and others

The child can also read the prayer for his/hers colleagues. Another child will be able to choose himself/herself to take the booklet home and bring next week, at the end of this activity.

The Lord’s Prayer booklet

P.S. At the end of the class the parents will be informed and also asked about their availability to bring the booklet next week.

Second: Be on your shoes
The main purpose of this activity is to show the children the importance of respecting our friends’ feelings because we would also like to be respected.

Each child at his/her turn should start the activity telling us about:

·        Something really nice they had done;
·        Their favourite food;
·        Their favourite place.

Meanwhile, the other child will be asked to:
·        Start laughing;
·        Pretend to fall asleep;
·        Don’t listen.

The volunteer will, soon after, ask them to tell how and what they felt when they were saying something important and others weren’t respecting. The volunteer and the children can talk about the emotions what came up.

(Encourage them to write or make drawings about their emotions)

All children should take turns; play in both situations.
Ask what they can do better next time.

After, they should role play again, but now with a good behaviour. (Leave the children to tell us their own answers for the good behaviours)

Third: Prepare the story
The children will prepare the scenario below (Jesus heals the paralysed man) with recycled materials.

Fourth: Story

The volunteer will tell the story: “Jesus heals the paralysed man”. Meanwhile, the children will use their own works to role play.

After, one child can read the story while the others would be following using their own works.
Today's story is about a man who was paralyzed.  Being paralyzed meant that he couldn't walk and probably couldn't use his legs.  He had to sit or lay down all the time.
Just think for a minute about how hard it would be to do things if you couldn't walk around.  How would you go to the bathroom?  What kind of games would you play?  How easy would it be to make friends?
Jesus entered one of the homes in Capernaum and many people quickly gathered around him.  So many people came at that time. There was no room left; not even outside the door. 
People were pushing each other a little bit to squeeze everyone in, plus there were people gathered outside to see or hear Jesus when he came out. 
There were four men who heard that Jesus was in town who decided to carry their paralyzed friend on a mat to him, to see if he could be healed.  They realized that they wouldn't be able to get through to see him, as soon as they got to the house where Jesus was.
Someone decided to take him to the roof of the building where Jesus was! 
So, these four men decided to take mat, with the paralyzed man lying down, to where Jesus was.
These men were so sure that Jesus would be able to heal him; otherwise they wouldn't have gone through so much trouble.
The first thing Jesus said, when He saw that they believed was: "Son, your wrongdoings are forgiven."  Then, before He was finished Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
The man got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.
Jesus always respected whatever wrongdoing we could make. Actually, he is always there to help us to understand the meaning of the real love.

Fifth: Video

This video will be played with no sound. Ask the kids to read.

Short story of an event in Jesus life. Healing of a crippled man lowered through the roof before Jesus. Story of faith that prevails.
In Nepali language with English subtitles.

Sixth: Reading Time:
The volunteer will read one question from the book: “The Spiritist for young adults and beginners” by Laura Bergallo and talk to the kids about it.

Is There A God? - An interesting yet logical argument about God's existence!

Seventh: Prayer Activity
The volunteer will discuss with the children about the prayer “ A Prayer  to my parents” from the book LEARNING HOW TO PRAY – A BOOK OF PRAYERS FOR CHILDREN by Elsa Rossi. Each one will also receive a copy of the prayer.

Prayer for my Parents
Good and Loving Lord,
I want to thank you that I was born into this home with loving parents.
They are my best friends.
They always worry about me and do the best they can to help me grow up healthy and educated.
Please my God, always protect my parents.

Eighth: Healing Theatre – Children should show how to behave during the healing time. Each child will receive one green tick sticker at the end.

Ninth: Closing prayer - One of the children will do a closing prayer. Explain we will follow the letters of the alphabet in order to choose the volunteer for the closing prayer. So, the child’s name that starts with the letter B will do the opening prayer this time. Everybody will have the chance to collaborate as the weeks passed by.

Class suggested being suitable for: 1st Cycle (7 to 8 years old).

Spiritist volunteer: Juana Castro, London, linked to The Spiritist Psychological Society.