The Complete Guide to Godly Play: Volume 3

The Complete Guide to Godly Play: Volume 3

by Jerome W. Berryman, Cheryl V. Minor

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ISBN-13: 9781606741290
Publisher: Church Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2012
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the complete guide to Godly Play

volume 3 20 presentations for winter


By Jerome W. Berryman

Church Publishing Incorporated

Copyright © 2006 Jerome W. Berryman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60674-129-0



CHAPTER 1

ADVENT I

LESSON NOTES

FOCUS: THE PROPHETS

LITURGICAL ACTION

CORE PRESENTATION


THE MATERIAL

LOCATION: FOCAL SHELVES AND CHRISTMAS SHELVES

PIECES: ADVENT CARDS ON A RACK OR TRAY; 4 ADVENT CANDLES IN A BOX, MATCHES IN A METAL CONTAINER AND A CANDLE SNUFFER, ALL ON A TRAY; PURPLE OR BLUE CLOTH OR FELT; MODEL OF BETHLEHEM; OPTIONAL: CANDLE HOLDERS

UNDERLAY: PURPLE (OR BLUE) AND WHITE


BACKGROUND

This lesson, together with the next three lessons, helps the children to anticipate the mystery of Christmas. We move toward Bethlehem and arrive at the birth of Jesus and the lighting of the Christ Candle in the church.

Churches often have customs that preclude doing a single lesson about Advent on each of the Sundays of the season. For example, the whole congregation might use the first Sunday to make Advent wreaths together, or use the fourth Sunday to hold a Christmas party for the children. In such situations, group the lessons as seems best to you, presenting two or even three Advent cards on one Sunday. Remember, too, to start the first Advent session together by telling the story of the Holy Family (pp. 20-26), in order to change the liturgical color from green to purple (or blue).


NOTES ON THE MATERIAL

Find the materials for this presentation on the Christmas shelves and the focal shelves. The Christmas shelves are to the left of the focal shelves. The model of Bethlehem stands to the far left on the top shelf of the Christmas shelves. In the middle of the top shelf you'll find the tray or rack of Advent cards. The box of candles, container of matches and candle snuffer are on a tray at the left end of the second shelf (below the model of Bethlehem).

A special stand or carrier rack for the Advent cards makes them visible to a child scanning the room. This stand for the cards should also hold the rolled-up underlay. If you do not use this stand, put the rolled-up underlay and cards in a tray. You may want to line the tray with purple or blue cloth or felt.

There are five cards or wooden plaques, representing, in this order:

• the prophets

• the Holy Family

• the shepherds

• the Magi

• the birth of Jesus


These cards or plaques are laid on a strip of cloth divided into five equal sections, one section for each of the four weeks of Advent, plus an additional section for the feast of Christmas. The first four sections of this cloth are purple or blue (for Advent); the fifth and final section is white (for Christmas). This cloth is the Advent underlay; roll up the underlay so that the white segment is hidden inside. (An illustration of the underlay, with all five cards or plaques and candles laid out in order, appears in Lesson 5, p. 68.)

Many churches use blue for their Advent color. In this presentation, we refer to the liturgical color purple, but use whatever color your church uses. Instead of referring to the royal color (purple), point out that blue is a good color for getting ready, because it is the color associated with Mary, Jesus' mother. Without the mother Mary, there would be no baby.

You also need a box to hold the four candles used in the lesson. In this presentation, we refer to one rose and three purple candles, but, again, follow the custom of your church. Use candles with wide bases for stability (e.g., votives or pillar candles), or, if you use tapers, also use candle holders. You also need a metal container for matches; look in an import store for beautiful and inexpensive metal containers. Though this container may tarnish quickly, some children may enjoy keeping it polished in the classroom! You will also need a candle snuffer. Keep these items (candles, matches and snuffer) on a tray lined with purple or blue cloth or felt.

Finally, you need a model of the city of Bethlehem, similar to that pictured on page 31. It is to be set in the middle of the circle of children to show that we are all on the way to Bethlehem, including the storyteller.


SPECIAL NOTES

Classroom Management: Working with fire during the work period is problematic. It means something different for different ages or for different children. Some children need more supervision than others. Sometimes children are more attracted to the fire than to the meaning of this lesson, so they need a lot of support and supervision to get past that. This attraction, however, is still a point of entry into the lesson, so don't worry too much about why they are interested. Only be aware that these are the very children that need the most supervision. One pragmatic way to address these issues is by making a rule for everyone that the storyteller always lights the candles.

CHAPTER 2

ADVENT II

LESSON NOTES

FOCUS: THE HOLY FAMILY

LITURGICAL ACTION

CORE PRESENTATION


THE MATERIAL

LOCATION: FOCAL SHELVES AND CHRISTMAS SHELVES

PIECES: ADVENT CARDS ON A RACK OR TRAY; 4 ADVENT CANDLES IN A BOX, MATCHES IN A METAL CONTAINER AND A CANDLE SNUFFER, ALL ON A TRAY; PURPLE OR BLUE CLOTH OR FELT; NATIVITY SET FIGURES OF MARY, JOSEPH AND THE DONKEY; MODEL OF BETHLEHEM; OPTIONAL: CANDLE HOLDERS

UNDERLAY: PURPLE (OR BLUE) AND WHITE


BACKGROUND

This lesson helps children continue to prepare for the Mystery of Christmas. We move toward Bethlehem, guided by the pointing prophets, with the Holy Family, the shepherds and the Magi. We arrive at the birth of Jesus and the lighting of the Christ Candle in the church. This week's presentation focuses on the Holy Family.

You begin this week's lesson by presenting the first of the four Advent cards and telling about the prophets; see Lesson 1, pages 27-33 for the movements and words.

In this lesson, you then add the second Advent card and tell the story of the Holy Family.


NOTES ON THE MATERIAL

Your will find the material for this presentation on the Christmas shelves and the focal shelves. For a complete description of these materials, see the Notes on the Material in Lesson 1, page 27.


SPECIAL NOTES

Classroom Management: You'll find a useful tip about working with fire on page 28. Another issue that can arise with the Advent presentations is resistance on the part of older children to language about "getting ready to enter the Mystery." Supporting children as they struggle with their resistance is part of our art. These children do not yet know how the language of the Christian people works. There is little experience of this language in our culture, and certainly none in their formal schooling.

Don't give in to their honest—or sometimes not so honest—complaints about being bored or already having had this lesson. Sometimes children resist simply to be disruptive or even to avoid the discomfort of intimacy.

Affirm that being a part of the story is not easy. God never said it was easy. You never said it was easy. It is not easy like arithmetic. Arithmetic is a way of speaking that is always the same. 2+2=4. In elementary arithmetic, this is always correct.12–4=8. Lovely. Arithmetic is comforting. It keeps things in order!

Religious language also gives order to our lives, as in going to church each Sunday, going to church for weddings and funerals, and by observing the seasons of the Church year. When it gives order, it also asks us to find what is new and different in the sameness. Religious language is generative language: it calls us to be who we are really supposed to be, creatures who create.

This lesson is different from math and science in another way. We are trying to enter into a mystery. We want to come as close to it as we can. You can't do that and at the same time stand back and measure it or analyze it. You can't add three mysteries to four mysteries to see what the sum of a mystery is. Each mystery enters into the sum of all mystery. The mystery of Christmas is more like a door to enter than a wall on which to write numbers or draw pictures.

What is important in this sort of language is finding your way into a meaning, a meaning that grows. In religious language there is always more. It is like a well that is never empty. You can become tired of such a challenge, but the language and its source is never exhausted nor emptied.

CHAPTER 3

ADVENT III

LESSON NOTES

FOCUS: THE SHEPHERDS

LITURGICAL ACTION

CORE PRESENTATION


THE MATERIAL

LOCATION: FOCAL SHELVES AND CHRISTMAS SHELVES

PIECES: ADVENT CARDS ON A RACK OR TRAY; FOUR ADVENT CANDLES IN A BOX, MATCHES IN A METAL CONTAINER AND A CANDLE SNUFFER, ALL ON A TRAY; PURPLE OR BLUE CLOTH OR FELT; NATIVITY SET FIGURES OF MARY, JOSEPH, DONKEY, SHEPHERD AND SHEEP); MODEL OF BETHLEHEM; OPTIONAL: CANDLE HOLDERS

UNDERLAY: PURPLE (OR BLUE) AND WHITE


BACKGROUND

This lesson helps children continue to prepare for the Mystery of Christmas. We move toward Bethlehem, guided by the pointing prophets, with the Holy Family, the shepherds and the Magi. We arrive at the birth of Jesus and the lighting of the Christ Candle in the church. This week's presentation focuses on the shepherds.

You begin this week's lesson by presenting the first and second of the four Advent cards and telling the stories found in Lesson 1 (pp. 27-33) and Lesson 2 (pp. 34-39).

In this lesson, you then add the third Advent card and tell the story of the shepherds.


NOTES ON THE MATERIAL

Your will find the material for this presentation on the Christmas shelves and the focal shelves. For a complete description of these materials, see the Notes on the Material in Lesson 1, page 27.


SPECIAL NOTES

Classroom Management: This is the third Advent presentation we offer. If next week your church will skip church school for either a party or pageant, you'll want to include Lesson 4 today, thus completing all four Advent cards and their stories in your presentation.

CHAPTER 4

ADVENT IV

LESSON NOTES

FOCUS: THE WISE MEN AND CHRISTMAS

LITURGICAL ACTION

CORE PRESENTATION


THE MATERIAL

LOCATION: FOCAL SHELVES AND CHRISTMAS SHELVES

PIECES: ADVENT CARDS ON A RACK OR TRAY; 4 ADVENT CANDLES IN A BOX, MATCHES IN A METAL CONTAINER AND A CANDLE SNUFFER, ALL ON A TRAY; PURPLE OR BLUE CLOTH OR FELT; NATIVITY SET FIGURES OF MARY, JOSEPH, DONKEY, SHEPHERD, SHEEP, WISE MEN, CHRIST CHILD, MANGER); MODEL OF BETHLEHEM; OPTIONAL: CANDLE HOLDERS

UNDERLAY: PURPLE (OR BLUE) AND WHITE


BACKGROUND

This lesson helps children continue to prepare for the Mystery of Christmas. We move toward Bethlehem, guided by the pointing prophets, with the Holy Family, the shepherds and the Magi. We arrive at the birth of Jesus and the lighting of the Christ Candle in the church. This week's presentation focuses on the wise men and the celebration of Christmas.

You begin this week's lesson by presenting the first, second and third of the four Advent cards and telling the stories found in Lesson 1 (pp. 27-33), Lesson 2 (pp. 34-39) and Lesson 3 (pp. 40-44).

You then add:

• the fourth and final Advent card, telling the story of the wise men, contained in this lesson

• the Christmas card, telling the story of Jesus' birth, also contained in this lesson


NOTES ON THE MATERIAL

Your will find the material for this presentation on the Christmas shelves and the focal shelves. For a complete description of these materials, see the Notes on the Material in Lesson 1, page 27.

In addition to the materials described in Lesson 1, you will also need the Christ Candle, which sits to the left of the Holy Family on the top shelf of the focal shelves. This candle will be used after Christmas, too, when you tell the story of Baptism.


SPECIAL NOTES

Classroom Management: Usually children do not come to church school on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Therefore, we suggest you complete the children's preparation for the Mystery of Christmas by laying out the fifth card as well, the white Christmas card that will be placed on the white section of the purple and white (or blue and white) underlay.


ENRICHMENT LESSON

A CHILDREN'S LITURGY FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

LESSON NOTES

FOCUS: THE NATIVITY STORY AS LITURGY

LITURGICAL ACTION

VENRICHMENT PRESENTATION


THE MATERIAL

LOCATION: WHEREVER YOUR PARISH DISPLAYS ITS PARISH CRECHE FIGURES

PIECES: PARISH CRECHE FIGURES (STABLE, MARY, JOSEPH, ANIMALS, ETC.)

UNDERLAY: NONE


BACKGROUND

This presentation can be used as a sermon before or during the main Christmas Eve liturgy, or as a brief, separate children's service. A storyteller tells the story, which is punctuated by several familiar Christmas hymns. During these hymns, fourth- and fifth-grade children bring the crèche figures from the back of the church to the chancel. At the end of the story, all the children come forward—with their parents, if necessary—to place stars around and in the crèche as everyone sings "Silent Night." In the main liturgy, as people come forward for Holy Communion, they will pass by this star-decorated scene.


NOTES ON THE MATERIAL

Most parishes have a large-sized crèche that is visible to the congregation. This material can be used in this liturgy, or groups of children and adults can make the crèche figures from papier-mâché or other material suitable for large- scale modeling.


SPECIAL NOTES

Tip: Be sure to plan well ahead of time if you would like your church to include this liturgy in its Christmas celebration. Be willing to adapt the story, music or actions to the needs of your congregation.


ENRICHMENT LESSON

THE MYSTERY OF CHRISTMAS

LESSON NOTES

FOCUS: THE INCARNATION

LITURGICAL ACTION

ENRICHMENT PRESENTATION


THE MATERIAL

LOCATION: CHRISTMAS SHELVES

PIECES: PICTURES (MOUNTED ON FOAMCORE OR WOOD) OF THE ANNUNCIATION, VISITATION, NATIVITY, PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE, ADORATION OF THE MAGI, MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS AND THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT; LABELS FOR EACH PICTURE, ALSO MOUNTED ON FOAMCORE OR WOOD; ADDITIONAL PIECES OF FOAMCORE OR WOOD ON WHICH YOU HAVE GLUED COPIES OF THE RELATED BIBLICAL TEXTS

UNDERLAY: WHITE


BACKGROUND

This enrichment lesson can be presented on any Sunday either before or after Christmas, as time allows. The presentation is based on the book The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L'Engle (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990). Ms. L'Engle provides a poetic commentary on seven classical moments of the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. The medieval frescoes of Giotto are used instead of modern, realistic pictures or models to honor the deep mystery of the Incarnation without the loss of its historical fact.


NOTES ON THE MATERIAL

Find the materials for this presentation on the top shelf of the Christmas shelves, placed to the left of the focal shelves. You will find the material to the right of the stand of Advent cards on the top shelf.

This material can be made by the storyteller or other church member. First purchase two copies of the book The Glorious Impossible. One book will be cut apart to provide pictures. The other book is used as a control and for the children to be able to read Madeliene L'Engle's text to match to the pictures. Please note: it is a violation of copyright law to make copies of either the pictures or text from The Glorious Impossible. (You can use the remaining portions of the cut-apart book to make additional display materials, if you wish.)

The material is a golden box with a picture of the Madonna and child glued to the lid of the box. (You can find this picture on the endpaper inside the back cover of The Glorious Impossible.) Glue a picture of Christ the Teacher to the bottom of the box. (You can find this picture on the endpaper inside the front cover of The Glorious Impossible.) Inside the box you will place plaques made from foamcore or wood. Glue each of these pictures from The Glorious Impossible to a separate plaque: the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Massacre of the Innocents, and the Flight into Egypt. On the back of each plaque, put dots as a reminder of the correct order in which to show the pictures: one dot for the Annunciation, two dots for the Visitation, and so on, ending with seven dots on the back of the picture of the Flight into Egypt.
(Continues...)


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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction          

Enrichment Lesson: The Holy Family          

Lesson 1: Advent I          

Lesson 2: Advent II          

Lesson 3: Advent III          

Lesson 4: Advent IV          

Enrichment Lesson: A Children's Liturgy for Christmas Eve          

Enrichment Lesson: The Mystery of Christmas          

Lesson 5: Epiphany          

Lesson 6: Holy Baptism          

Lesson 7: Parable of the Good Shepherd          

Lesson 8: Parable of the Good Samaritan          

Lesson 9: Parable of the Great Pearl          

Lesson 10: Parable of the Sower          

Lesson 11: Parable of the Leaven          

Lesson 12: Parable of the Mustard Seed          

Enrichment Lesson: Parable of Parables          

Enrichment Lesson: Parable of the Deep Well          

Enrichment Lesson: Parable Synthesis 1—All the Parables          

Enrichment Lesson: Parable Synthesis 2—The "I Am" Statements          

Enrichment Lesson: Parable Synthesis 3—The Parable Games          

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