4) Whisper "Thank You God for..."
Thank you Sarah & all contributors, for the steady flow of ideas to make faith come alive for our children!
As promised to Sarah, here's an activity I used recently in the formation/training of catechists.
This activity calls for a 'quiet' appreciation of God's creation, to help children become aware of the environment that supports them, and how they need to do the same.
Take children outdoors. Give them a few moments to look around at the surrounding works of nature.
Keep them within hearing distance. Explain that at each signal (use a whistle/trumpet/clap etc) you give, they are to point to, and focus on different works of
nature of their choice & (for a change) whisper/think in their hearts 'Thank you God ... (for the pretty flowers ... ) etc. Do a few rounds, with a sufficient pause in between each call, to enable them to form their words of appreciation for each 'work' of nature.
You could follow up with whole group sharing, by asking volunteers to voice out their appreciation. Or let them share in small groups by themselves. Later, they can write the list down.
It makes a good lead-in for an environment/nature/creation related topic. Or, you could use it for closure.
All the best!
Lucille Dass- Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang-Malaysia.
--from SSTN: thank you, Lucille! A perfect verse for this is found in
Romans 1:20, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been