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.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Books of the Bible, New Testament (Nov. 17th)

Season of the Church Year: Common Time “Great Green Growing” Season (Liturgical Color: Green)
Story in Scripture: Colossians 1:17, Psalm 23 (as an OT/ NT connecting text) 
This week, we continued our learning centered around the Books of the Bible, focusing on the New Testament. Although it’s clearly impossible to learn everything there is to know about the Bible in two weeks, we spent considerable time unpacking the basics. We spoke briefly about the different groups of writings: Gospels, History, Paul’s Letters to Churches, Paul’s Letters to Friends, and General Letters. We spent most of our time, however, reviewing the life of Jesus and the way in which his teachings and sacrifice through his death and resurrection made way for us to be forgiven and reconciled with our Creator God. We created a “Wordless Book” which is meant to assist each child in telling the story of Jesus through color cues (an explanatory paper will also come home to help you practice and further explain the story to your child). Although we had good discussion and were able to address some questions, we reminded them that scholars will spend a life-time delving into the Bible… so they have plenty of time to learn and grow in their knowledge. These lessons are really just meant to be an overview- a jumping off point. 

Guiding Questions for Discussion:
I wonder why we read the Bible? 
I wonder how God used the Gospel writers to teach us- so many years later- about Jesus?
I wonder how God showed his people that he loves them, as told in the New Testament?
I wonder how the letters in the New Testament teach us how to be Christians? 
“Dear God, thank you for your story. Thank you for the books of the New Testament and for the way that they help us to understand Jesus’ salvation. Help us to understand how we should live and work with one another to bring Glory to you. Amen.” 

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