This year, we use Echo as our storytelling to help us relate to God’s story to discover meaning and develop fresh insights. It is our prayer that you can engage with your family using creative writing, drawing, and conversation.
Each week, students will use an Echo Journal to complete the weekly activities. If you like an Echo Journal at home, please contact Heather.
Find a Candle that you can light, and keep it with your Club 56 gear
Invocation: the act of inviting or welcoming or acknowledging that God is present in our space.
As you light your candle, say this invocation out loud: “I light this candle in the name of God, our Creator; Jesus, our Savior; and the Holy Spirit, our Inspirer. The three in one!”
What is something that amazes you? Why does it amaze you?
The material we are using is called Echo, so let us echo the last section 🙂 Review the previous sections with your student (Jesus’ birth, baptism, his followers, and the Hope and Healing Jesus can give us). Is there any new insight or questions that you have reflected on?
Each story has its own symbol, it will help us remember the story. Right now, turn to page 72 and students will draw their own version of Miracles.
Parents and students, read together page 74 and 75 from your journals.
What do you think it was like to live in the first century? What modern comforts would be most difficult to live without?
Read and Imagine
Students, open your journal to pages 76-77, pull out your pens or markers, and doodle or sketch what comes to your mind as you listen. Once you have completed sketching the images, share what you’ve done with a parent.
Parents, this week you will read to your student, Miracles as you are reading they will be sketching.
Capture what you noticed
Use pages 78 and 79 in your journal. What stood out to you? What did you see or sense? What questions do you have about this story? ANYTHING (we mean anything) is okay to ask. A few that I have: How strong was the roof that 5 men could stand on?! Did Jesus REALLY calm the storm or was this another story to prove a point? How frustrated were the disciples when Jesus simply said: “Feed Them”? (Seriously… I would have been overwhelmed).
Keep these questions handy, every so often, we’re inviting a Pastor to discuss with us! Send your questions to Heather and she’ll get them on our list.
In today’s stories, we had a few examples of the Miracles of Jesus. In the story of that paraplegic, Jesus forgave his sins as well as healed his body. How do you think that healing and forgiveness are related?
If you were in the boat with Jesus during the storm, what you have thought? Would you have asked Jesus your questions?
How would you have felt if you were a disciple and you were just told to feed 5,000 people? How would you have felt if you were one of the people being fed?
When you pray…
Maybe you’re inspired to write or speak your own, if so, please do so! If you’d rather, you can just read together with the following:
Creator God, thank you for these stories that shows us how our faith helps us. Show us love everyday. Help us explore, ask, and wonder about your creation, your story, and help us find our story too. AMEN
Thank you for joining us today! If you have a student in Grade 5 or 6, sign them up for Club 56 today! If you have questions about this resource or would like additional information, please contact Heather or Pastor Ben.