Lesson 1 – Trinity House

Slide 1 - Trinity House Story: Performance and Exploration

• Give all children a copy of Appendix 1 – Trinity House Script.
• Choose four children to read parts in the story: Adam, Abba, Mum and Amara. Take the part of the Narrator (N) yourself.
• Read the script together, with the rest of the class following along, then lead into an exploration of the story.

Slide 2 - Trinity House Story: Performance and Exploration

Ask:
Can you describe the house that Adam and Abba lived in?
Triangular, pointing up into the sky
Click to reveal the image of a triangle

Say:
Adam lived with Abba.
Click to add the names Adam, Abba

Ask:
When Abba and Adam had to go away, what did Abba promise?
To send a helper / friend.
Click to add Amara to the house

Ask:
How did Adam get to meet Amara?
By going back to Abba’s house / Trinity House

Slide 3 - Trinity House Story: Performance and Exploration

Explain that this is a very special kind of story because different parts of it represent things that happen in the Gospels.

Ask:
What in the Gospels does this story remind you of? (You might wish to prompt the pupils towards the answer by making the sign of the cross)
The Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Click to reveal new names on the Trinity House image.

Say:
The family of Abba, Adam and Amara represent the Trinity.
Click to remove their names on the Trinity House image.

Slide 4 - Trinity House Story: Performance and Exploration

Ask the pupils to re-read the story to themselves. Then in pairs, they should note or underline anything that reminds them of other parts of the Gospel story and discuss why. Share findings across the class and discuss.

Then, click to reveal the following, and relate each to the Gospel:
• Adam said, “My dad will do anything for you.”
God’s limitless love for us
• The house was bursting with love.
God is love
• ‘Abba’ means Father.
It’s what Jesus called God when he taught the apostles to pray by saying, “Our Father”
• The drink that Abba gave them was satisfying and like no other.
Jesus said, “I am the Bread of life”
• Mum had learnt how to make something like it.
She had learned about God and was passing on the message
• Adam was scared about going away.
Jesus agonised over His passion in the Garden of Gethsemane
• The three days without Adam were gloomy and the sky was dark.
The sky turned black after Jesus’ died. He rose again after three days
• Amara had the spirit of Adam.
Amara represents the Holy Spirit who is one in nature with God the Father and the Son

Slide 5 - Inspired By God: Teaching and Scripture Matching Activity

Say: The ‘trinity’ is our name for the three persons of God.

Click to reveal the labels:
• God the Father
• God the Son
• God the Holy Spirit
• The Holy Trinity

Ask pupils to draw a triangle in their books and label it as on Slide 5.

Then give this teaching in these or your own words:

“God the Father sent His son, Jesus, to live on earth with us. Jesus died, rose again and went back to the Father. At that time, He sent the Holy Spirit to be with us forever, to help us share His love with others and spread His Good News to all.”

Slide 6 - Inspired By God: Teaching and Scripture Matching Activity

Say that before He went up to Heaven, Jesus told His disciples about the Holy Spirit.

Give out Appendix 2 – Scripture Matching Exercise.
Either provide scissors and ask pupils to cut up and match the halves.
Or ask pupils to draw lines to match the two halves.
Optional – to make the Scripture Matching Exercise easier, you might like to read aloud the Gospel passage first from the answers below.

After some time, click to reveal and go through the answers:
1. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you.
2. By this we know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
3. And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
4. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth,
5. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
6. When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, He will testify about Me.
7. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
8. Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News.
9. Remember, I am with you always, till the end of time.
10. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

When all the quotations are matched up, take a moment to answer any questions that arise.

Slide 7 - Inspired By God: Teaching and Scripture Matching Activity

The Creed (I believe)

Explain:
• That persons of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit are described in the Creed.
• The Creed is a statement of what Christians believe.
• We say it near the beginning of every Mass.

Ask: Can anyone remember how it begins?
I / we believe
• You might wish to see how much of the Creed the class can put together before you…
Click to reveal an abridged version of the Creed which highlights the persons of the Trinity.
• Read through this together as a class and take any questions.

Slide 8 - Passing It On: Comprehension and Practical Application

Thank the pupil who read the role of Mum in the story. Make the point that it was a small part (only two lines!) but a very important role.

Ask the following questions and click to reveal each answer:

What did Mum do in the story?
She made lemonade as delicious as Abba’s.
What do you think this represents in the story?
Mum passed on the goodness and love that came from Abba.
How did Mum manage to make such delicious lemonade?
She learned from Abba. In the story, she says, “Abba taught me.”
What do you think this teaches us?
That, by listening to God, we too can bring His love and goodness into the world.

Slide 9 - Passing It On: Comprehension and Practical Application

In pairs or individually, ask pupils to consider this question:
How do we learn about God, so that we too can bring His love into the world?
Feedback across the class before clicking to reveal suggestions on screen. The class might like to come up with more of their own.
• Then say that all these things allow our Helper, the Holy Spirit, to work with us and bring God’s love and goodness into the world.

Slide 10 - Plenary

Plenary

Thank children for their hard work in the lesson today as they learned about:
• The three persons of the Holy Trinity
• How God’s Holy Spirit works through us and others to bring His love into the world.

Slide 11 - Final Prayer

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