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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Talking to God (Oct. 19th)

Season of the Church Year: Common Time “Great Green Growing” Season (Liturgical Color: Green)
Story in Scripture: Psalm 5: 7 
This week, we revisited the concepts from our lesson about the Classroom Sanctuary. These behaviors are so important and they require quite a bit of repetition for the little ones, especially those who have just transitioned from the Toddler classroom. We moved in to a discussion of Prayer and the ways that we interact with and talk to God. As a group, children will enjoy the picture book In God’s Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. This book explores the various ways that we draw near to God- through his strength, through his peace, through his provision. The children discussed the various ways they have seen God in their own lives. The children also practiced a few simple prayers together and shared prayer requests after a short conversation about them. Finally, a good deal of time was devoted at the end of today’s lesson for children to write, draw, paint, or sculpt a prayer to God. 

Note: Parents, if you look up this book on Amazon, the summary says that this book shares a Unitarian/ Universalist message. I disagree. I believe that this book is a beautiful way to share the different ways that God meets us in our need. He is our Father, our Comforter, our Healer. As we sahreed this book today, we reminded the children throughout of God’s rescue plan for salvation- through his Son Jesus Christ.  This book tells a part of that rescue plan… God knows us and loves us and cares for us just as he knows we need. He loves us and talks to us in so many different and wonderful ways. 

Guiding Questions for Discussion
Now I wonder what you think of when you think of God? 

I wonder what you see in your thoughts when you say his name? 

I wonder what sorts of things you might want to talk to God about? 

I wonder if there is anything that you think you should tell God about right now? 

“Dear God, thank you for listening to me when I share my thoughts and prayers with you. I know that you care for me and I am so glad that we can talk every single day- in the morning, in the daytime, and even late late at night. Amen.” 

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