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CCD 7th: God the Son (day 17)

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

In our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we reviewed God the Father (from last week) and focused on God the Son (chapter 5 in our book).

(A) Reviewed God the Father. Played the video clip from Martian Child (see last week’s summary).  Reviewed homework assignment … think of an example of a movie clip demonstrating a “good dad.”  From that, we brainstormed why our relationship with God the Father becomes so wounded that we stop trusting the unconditional love He has for us.

(B) Discussed prayer “Core Wounds.” In our diagram of the Christian Heart (body, mind, soul), our life experiences can develop “core wounds” that hurt our lives physically, psychologically and/or spiritually.  They are shown as X’s on our diagram.  These wounds are actually “LIES” that affect our future relationships, especially with our Heavenly Father.  A common example, even shown in movies, is how our hurt relationships with our earthly father affect how we view the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father.  Wounds can keep us from trusting His loving plan for our lives.

(C) Who is Jesus? We showed a movie clip from the 1996 Sylvester Stallone movie called Daylight.  It’s the scene when the rescue worker (Stallone) first encounters the trapped people.  Only getting 1 rescuer is not what the trapped people expected.  This disappointed reaction is similar to the one Jesus received from people as they came to discover Him as the Messiah.  The idea came from thesource4ym.com clip ideas.  Click the link to get discussion questions.

Here is a trailer for the movie.  The actual clip used is here (but it’s in a foreign language).

Good discussion as we imagined the roles of the people, the Messiah and what our reactions would be in their shoes.

Homework: (1) Chapter 5 assessment questions on the last page.
(2) handout “How the Bible describes Jesus” … look up passages
(3) bring textbook + Bible + journal

CCD 7th: God the Father (day 16)

January 31, 2010 1 comment

In our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we touched on God the Father (chapter 4 in our textbook).  I finally got to bring in my laptop and play a few movie clips.  Awesome topic.  — I was really looking forward to today!

(A) Opening prayer song reflection was He is Yahweh by Dean Salyn.

(B) God the Father is always present & knows what’s best for us & forgiving. Showed a clip from Lion King (1994), when Simba takes Nala to the Elephant Graveyard after father Mufasa warns against and ends up saving them from the 3 Hyenas.  The focus is the discussion between father and son at the end.  [Idea from thesource4ym.com with discussion questions.]

(C) God the Father has unconditional love for me. Showed the movie trailer for the John Cusack movie Martian Child (2007) about a sci-fi writer wanting to adopt a child who thinks he’s a Martian sent to observe Earthling life.  The focus clip is when the child breaks something and thinks he’s bad and will be sent away.  The father assures him that “Nothing you can do will change the way I feel about you.” and then proceeds to break other “things” showing they don’t matter as much as him.  Awesome clip!  — I had to “pause” when leading the discussion … it easily resonated how I hear my Heavenly Father’s voice.

Discussion was great.  [Idea from thesource4ym.com with questions.]

Homework:
(1) Chapter 4 Assessment questions,
(2) Pray the Lord’s Prayer each day this week,
(3) Give an example of a movie clip with a “good dad.”

CCD 7th: Review ALL classes (day 9)

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we REVIEWED all our previous classes to date.

Here are links to previous classes:

All these links are indexed on my Uth + CCD tab (at the top of this blog) for all classes.

HOMEWORK:

  1. bring parents next class,
  2. bring Bible, if you have one already,
  3. review notes with parents in preparation for playing Jeopardy!

CCD 7th: Prayer quiz + Lies + Prayerful Heart (day 4)

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we had a Prayer Quiz #1 (Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, Apostle’s Creed, Act of Contrition, & other)

Then we played an “get-to-know you” game called “2 Truths / 1 Lie”

We reviewed A.R.R.R.

We spoke on VIRTUES: Faith + Hope + Love

  • Even demons believe in God, but don’t have LOVE  (the greatest virtue)

From virtues, we discussed DISCERNING Spirits in prayer as we look at the “Big 3” (thoughts + feelings + desires)

  • 3 SPIRITS: God’s Spirit — My Spirit — Evil Spirit
  • if GOD … we GROW in faith + hope + love
  • if EVIL … any virtue DROPS

CHRISTIAN HEART (levels of my personhood)  — I kept this a lot simpler in class (they are still 7th graders)

  • BODY, (surface, 5 senses, Level 1)
    • –easily affected by weather, sleep, food, tone
  • MIND, (psychological, attitudes, Level 2)
    • –affected by family, culture, DNA, prejudices, life experiences  (Pleasure /Pain Principle)
  • SPIRIT, (spiritual, the “deep Big 3”, Level 3)
  • –thoughts + feelings + desires + imagination
  • –the place the Holy Spirit dwells in us
  • Consolation … peace, loved, joy, hope, zeal, trust, courage, contentment, sadness for sin.
  • Desolation … anxiety, loneliness, sadness, boredom, fear, discourage, restlessness, etc.

HOMEWORK: After 3 times of personal prayer, journal a letter to God after each.

CCD 7th: Prayer sharing + A.R.R.R (day 3)

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we opened with some personal journaling time while listening the the Doxology prayer sung 2 different ways.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

First, (soft) “Doxology” by Nicole Nordeman

Then (rock) “Doxology” by David Crowder Band

After prayer, we took turns sharing our decorated binder covers with a collage of “ME” … likes, interests, family, pictures, sports, hobbies, etc.

Then we took turn sharing our experiences with praying the Doxology prayer over the past couple of weeks.  Some great stories!

[PRAYER] When your spending time in personal prayer with the Lord, here’s a good outline to follow  . . . .

A.R.R.R.

  • ACKNOWLEDGE –- How’s my life right now? Pay attention to your thought + feelings + desires (“the Big 3”).
  • RELATE -– Tell God about ALL “3” honestly.
  • RECEIVE -– Quiet your mind, focus on God, & listen to “the Big 3.”  (Discern spirits)
  • RESPOND -– do what you NEED to do

When you have something to talk to the Lord about, process your “Big 3” with this model.

HOMEWORK:

(1) study 5 Catholc Prayers for written Prayer Quiz:

  1. Lord’s Prayer (pg 305 of our text book),
  2. Hail Mary (pg 305),
  3. Apostle’s Creed (pg 305),
  4. Act of Contrition (pg 306),
  5. and any other formal prayer (of your choice)

CCD 7th: P.R.A.Y.S. + angels + Yom Kippur (day 2)

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, in our 7th grade pre-Confirmation class, we handed out journals & wrote on inside cover …

In my BAPTISM, I …

  • PRAISE = God for who He is … God
  • REPENT = confess + rec forgiveness + change
  • ASK = for me + other (“5 finger prayer”)
  • YIELD = be open to God’s voice
  • SHARE = my faith with others

In my CLASS, I …

  • PRAISE = encourage others
  • REPENT = take responsibility for wrongs
  • ASK = learn by asking questions
  • YIELD = respect speaker + listen
  • SHARE = contribute + respect privacy

Difference between angels + humans?

  • Angels = pure spiritual beings
  • Humans = body + spiritual beings

Yom Kippur = Jewish “day of atonement”

  • fast, no work, pray, make reparations for sins
  • “scapegoat” takes sins of the people = Jesus

HOMEWORK:
(1) Decorate Binder Cover with “ME” … on a sheet of paper, make a collage of you, your hobbies, likes, etc.

(2) do the “Doxology” prayer exercise from last week if you haven’t done it yet.

CCD 7th: Intro + prayer “sweet spot”

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

YES "4 Winds Blow"Today is day 1 of Religious Education (CCD) at my parish.  I’m a catechist for 7th grade Pre-Confirmation class with my aide Donny.  We had 13 of our 17 kids today, with apparently more signing up late as we speak.  A very diverse group from “quiet” to “super-animated.”

We played a classic “get-to-know-you” icebreaker game called “Four Winds Blow.” It’s like musical chairs sitting in a circle.  The person in the middle says 3 things about themselves.  Then they say “Four winds blow to anyone …” (wearing jeans, wearing gym shoes, with blue eyes, wearing glasses, with ears, etc.)  Then everyone that fits the profile needs to get up and get another seat (at least 2 seats over) while the person in the middle tries to get a seat as well.  If you get stuck in the middle 3 time, you need to sing a song of your choice.  The “Alphabet Song” and a Spongebob song were sang.  Lots of fun for all.

I also gave a brief into to the curriculum and talked about finding our “prayer sweet spot” this year.  Using a tennis racket and baseball bat, the kids taught me about finding the “sweet spot” to get the best result out of their uses … although similar for many, everyone has their own sweet spot in the way they play sports.  Well, our prayer life is very similar.  We need to each find what works best for our own individual prayer experience in order to grow.  Some like Scripture, some the Rosary, some praise & worship, some music, some poetry, some adoration, some quiet meditation, etc.  This year, we’ll have different prayer experience in order to help find our own prayer “sweet spot.”

We wrote down the simple Doxology prayer on index cards and will use it this week as a homework prayer experience.  Everyone needs to try praying it at different time, days and ways this week.  Next Sunday, we’ll share what worked and what didn’t.

As we discussed the Doxology prayer, we asked the questions like “What is a creature?  Can a rock praise God?  What’s the difference between angels & humans?  What’s a Holy Ghost?”  — a very vocal and curious group … we’re blessed to be journeying in our faith together!

I prayed the Doxology during this post. 🙂