Lesson Focus is Faith – The Apostles’ Creed expresses our faith and begins “I believe in God.” We believe, we give our lives to God, and we actively seek to show our faith in action. We are called to love and serve God, and we can do this by confidently sharing our faith with others.
Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
- To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to:
- pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) and
- your Serve with a Heart like Jesus Journal (as indicated).
- After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your children in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suit your family’s needs.
Begin your lesson with prayer –
- Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross (CCB pg. 1992)
- As a family, read Hebrews 11:1-3 (CCB Page 1905)
- End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross
God created us to live in this world. He gave us five senses that we can use. Talk as a family about what these senses are and how we use them (refer to image below).
Try this activity as a family to have fun with your senses –
- Pick one of your 5 senses that you’d like to focus on.
- Give each family member a paper lunch bag.
- Each person should go and find something to place in their bag for the other family members to guess by using one of your 5 senses.
- For example, smell: choose an item to place in your bag with a scent.
- Come back together. Each family member will take turns trying to guess the item only by smelling.
Look at the picture below and talk about how you would use your five senses if you were at this picnic. What would you see? What would you hear? What would you smell? What could you taste? What could you touch? Take turns discussing your responses.
There are some things that we cannot use our five senses to experience, but we know that they exist. For example, we know that there is air surrounding us even though we cannot feel it, smell it, see it, hear it, or touch it. Another example is love, we know what love is without using our five senses. With these five senses the invisible God becomes visible to us.
Family Activity – Check out this video that demonstrates something invisible becoming visible and send each family member an invisible message that they can make visible.
When Jesus gave us the seven sacraments he created them with things that we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. Let’s look at two of the sacraments and see how he did this.
Parents, note that there are five other Sacraments that Jesus gave us: Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. However, in this lesson we are only focusing on the two shown above. If you look carefully at each of these Sacraments you will see how Jesus has connected his invisible love and care for us into things that we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. Our Faith makes these connections.
- God created you with love and has been with you every moment of your life. Your faith connects you with God. What can you do to make the invisible God in you visible to the people in your life?
- Write or draw your response in your Serve with a Heart like Jesus Journal
- Sign of the Cross: (CCB Page 1992) When you make the sign of the cross you make a visible sign of your love for God that all can see. It is a prayer that reveals the invisible God within you and that his love is important to you. Have you ever seen people on TV or the movies making the sign of the cross? What did you learn about their faith when they did this? Start and end your day with this visible sign. Use it when something good happens, when you need help from God, for someone you love, to give thanks to God, or just to let God know you are thinking about him.
- Grace Before or After Meals: (CCB Page 1993) Make this a habit at home with every meal and your invisible love of God will be known to those eating with you. Take this habit on the road and use it at school, in restaurants, and any time you have a meal. Use this visible sign often and you will be sharing your invisible love for God with people who may not have faith.
- Displaying your Faith – Make or purchase something that you can wear that displays your faith. For example, make or buy a cross or crucifix necklace, rosary bracelet, a hat or shirt.
- Word Art – This program creates a word cloud that you can print and even put into a frame to display. Type as many words that come to mind from this lesson into the spaces provided, generate your word cloud and print your design.
- Decorate a plain T-shirt (or any wearable item) keeping in mind this scripture verse: Hebrews 11:1-3
- Make and display this Bead and Clay Cross that uses items you probably already have in your home.
- Color and Cut out these Faith Badges. Bring your favorite colored cut out to the Faith Formation office to turn it into a faith badge that you can wear or put on your back pack. All who see this visible sign will see evidence of your invisible connection to God.
End your lesson with prayer –
- Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
- As a family say, once again, the Act of Faith (CCB pg. 1996)
- End prayer with the Sign of the Cross