w/c 02 December 2019
This is the first assembly of the new liturgical year and also of our Advent series, which explores what it really means to get ready for Jesus’ coming at Christmas and at the end of time. Through the first of three dramas about best friends Hannah and Caleb, children will be encouraged to think about how preparations for Christmas should bring about change in their own lives.
“Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Matthew 24: 37-44
Key Point / Learning Objective:
Children will understand that:
- We can prepare for Christmas in different ways.
- When Jesus asks us to prepare, He is talking about preparing ourselves, which often involves changing our behaviour.
- Engage with the drama and answer questions.
- Be able to give examples of various ways of preparing for Christmas and distinguish between good ways and better ways.
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Appendix 1 – Gospel Reading.
- Appendix 2 – ‘Best Friends at Christmas’ (Part 1).
- Prepare an Advent candle or if you don’t have access to one, just use the video on Slide 2.
- Ask a child to read Appendix 1 – Gospel Reading.
- Prepare 2-3 children to read Appendix 2 – ‘Best Friends at Christmas’ (Part 1). This is a three-part drama throughout Advent so pick confident children who can repeat their roles.
- Traditional: Awake From Your Slumber by Daniel Schutte S.J.
- Contemporary: Wake Up by Kristian Stanfill
Marie Christine Ginty and Edith Kirkwood
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