But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

Luke 18: 16

Trinity Kids provides spiritual guidance, education, & community for children from infancy through 5th grade. For Preschool through 5th grade, the “contemplative model”; of children’s ministry is used to provide the framework for learning about the stories of the Bible, with a focus back to the gospel & salvation of Jesus Christ. Lessons and discussions are hands-on, reflective, and open-ended. Please contact Julia Guy (julia@trinityanglicanmission.org) with any questions or to learn more about Godly Play and the contemplative model.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Creation II, the Fall (June 9th & 16th)

Season of the Church Year: Common Time/ “Great Green Growing” Season  (green)
Story in Scripture: Genesis 2:4- 2:24

This week, your child continued their learning about creation with a discussion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This story touches on the root of so many of the day-to-day sins that are prevelant in all of our lives. The temptation to be in control and to make choices based on the suggestion or influence of the evil one is a constant struggle for all humans. Learning to trust in God’s sovereignty and provision is a lesson that is learned anew each day. One of the most important elements of our discussion today was about what to do when we “fall.” Just like Adam and Eve, we sin and make mistakes. What can and should we do to reach out to and reconcile with others and with God? God is patient and compassionate, but he is also just. He wants the best for us and always wants to encourage us to do better and to make things right. Secondly, another focus of our conversation today was about the salvation of Christ and the need for his sacrifice to bring forgiveness to a “fallen” world and a sinful people like ourselves. I encourage you to talk frankly with your child about both of these points as you discuss the story of creation and the “Falling Apart.” Children in elementary school can form life-long habits of recognizing sin, repenting, and reconciling their actions moving forward. The story of Adam and Eve is a perfect springboard for that conversation.

Guiding Questions for Discussion:
I wonder what the most important part of this story is?
I wonder how it felt for Adam and Eve when they noticed the differences?
I wonder how God felt when Adam and Eve ate from the tree after he told them not to?
I wonder which part of this story is about you?
I wonder what this story can tell us about God?

“Dear Father, thank you for your creation! Thank you for loving us, even when we do things that we shouldn’t. We are so glad that you are with us and that you care for us so that we can learn from our mistakes, ask forgiveness, and do better. Amen.”

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