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This year, we have written a unique curriculum that is distinct to our church. This curriculum allows us to experiment with all kinds of crafts and games!
 
Follow along as we embark on this curriculum journey!  

Faith Formation Resources

Looking for some great resources to help your family form their faith? Check out the books and websites below:
 

 Books

This is an awesome modern Midrash resource! A midrash is the Hebrew name for a story that tells us something about another story in the Bible. It is a way to think outside about the Biblical text and engage creatively with it. 
 
This is a great resource for practical spiritual ideas! Also, check out Smith’s website for more resources. 
 
This book contains some of the basics of faith formation and will help the individual understand where their child is at to better help them develop their faith. 
 
Websites: 
 
Chuck Knows Church: This video series helps to explain complex subjects in a fun way!
 
d365: Daily Devotions:  This resource provides virtual devotionals every day of the year. 
 
Building Digital Discipleship: Great article on keeping your children digitally accountable. 
 
Vibrant Faith: Wonderful website filled with ideas for spirituality. Great if you are stuck in a faith rut. 
 
Faith Lens: Website created by the ELCA that discusses faith as it relates to real life. 
 
 
 


Fishers of Men

 
By: Amanda Pine

In Mark, Jesus’ first activity is to seek followers. This is abnormal for teachers of the day, as rabbis were rarely able to choose their own students. The response to Jesus’ call is immediate. In Luke, we are privy to the famous “catching of people” line, in which Jesus urges those in his company to use their practical expertise in their faith life.

Recently, in an effort to emotionally blackmail me into rock climbing, one of the youth told me that: “Jesus was needed at the rock gym.” I said that it was a good thing that we had such a proficient disciple of Christ to spread the word in him. He indicated that he NEEDED me to come because he “didn’t have any field experience.” While I found this exchange extremely humorous, I started to think about the implications of his word.

I wonder if Jesus needed a team to give him strength as he took his dive into public ministry. He assembled a team of practical theologians, not warriors to protect him from his certain doom. These practical theologians were people, just like us, who functioned in their community as laborers and professionals. They dropped everything to embrace the importance of the Word, and commit themselves entirely to the spread of the Word.

 
Thank God for our team, who have come up with this great craft to help children to understand the lesson for this week!
 
The idea with this craft is to have the kids use permanent markers to decorate a fish that is printed on overhead film. Dab a bit of water on the back and the fish will stick to a window. If you squint, it looks like stained glass!
 
For those children who are not yet ready for permanent marker use, glue bits of tissue paper on to the transparency. 


Bio-Sand Filter

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Making this model is a good class project for older children and helps them think about ways to help people have the necessities of life such as clean water.  It helps them remember that Jesus  used water to help people understand about God.

Filter

Make the filter by cutting a two liter bottle in half;  invert the top half and  nest it into the bottom half which will catch the water. Put rocks in the top bottle, add twigs, etc. You can use water bottles if the kids will each make a filter.

Schmutzdecke

(German, “dirt cover”) is a biological layer formed on the surface of a slow sand filter.  Beneficial microbes thrive in the decaying twigs, leaves, etc., and consume harmful microbes as water slowly flows through.  Kids usually love saying schmutzdecke!

You can represent the schmutzdecke with a few twigs, dried leaves, and small beads.  Use one color beads to represent ‘good’, germ eating microbes.  Option:  Have the kids use sharpies to make happy faces on the good microbes.

Sand

can make a real mess, especially if the cloth at the bottom is not secure.  One option is to forget the sand.  (Hard lesson learned.)

Put beads of another color in water to represent harmful microbes(with angry faces, of course).  Let the kids pour the bad water through the filter and see how germ-free the water is!



Charles Wesley Activity

This week, our Sunday School classes will be learning about Charles Wesley. Usually, Charles Wesley is not a topic of study for Sunday School classes, as he is the lesser known Wesley brother.
Our group has been learning about music all summer long, so we are ending our summer with a great lesson on the writer of many hymns! Charles is credited for writing over 6,000 hymns!
 
This is a fun activity, and even works for little ones, but takes a bit of prep. Glass water glasses work just a well as bottles. AHEAD of time, determine how much water is needed in each glass/bottle to make the notes of a scale. Mark that level on each bottle or glass. This takes time and a slight ear for music, but you should be able to get pretty close.
 
 
 
Mark each bottle/glass with the name of the musical note. 
 
Bottle Music pic
 
 
Let the kids fill the each container with water to the marked level. You can use funnels which are always fun. Have old towels available for spills. Add a bit of food coloring if you would like, but it isn’t necessary. Use chop sticks for striking. These can be played a la Bell Choir fashion.
 
Bottle Music pic 1
 
 
Here is the music for Jesus Loves Me: Jesus Loves Me Simple Music
 
Enjoy!
 


Lydia and the Purple Cloth Activity Part II

These activities work well with the “Lydia and Purple Dye’ shell activity on the

GBUMC Pinterest

board.   Harvesting dye will take very little time.  Here are some options for completing the activity.

Coloring fabric purple

  • For younger children, simply use purple crayons to color the fabric.
  • For older children, and brave teachers, (it’s not as hard as it might seem), let the kids dye white fabric purple. Having several adults and responsible helpers is a good idea, as is having a sink available.

Making something with the fabric

  • Make the Lydia bracelet shown in our Pinterest board.
  • Make a book marker
  • Make a figure out of a tongue depressor, pipe cleaners, and beads.
Lydia Doll
  • Save the fabric to use next week for the review activity. 

Dyeing

You will need dye, several metal or glass bowls, tongs, a lot of paper towels, old dollar store plastic table cloth, and as an option, and iron and old bath towels, and of course, protective gear.

  1. Prepare the dye: I use Rit purple dye, dissolved in hot water. It doesn’t take much.
  2. Have the kids don protective gear. Using a plastic trash bag with slits for the head and arms, along with plastic gloves, works well.  Be sure to roll up any sleeves.  For added drama, add protective eye wear. The kids really like this.
Smock pic3. Using tongs, dip the fabric in the dye bath several times. Even though you can’t let it soak, the fabric will take on some of the purple color quickly.  Squeeze out as much of the dye as possible.  Rinse in the sink or in several tubs filled with cold water.  Squeeze again.  Blot with paper towels, then iron or air dry.