Role-playing the Children of God
What does your parish do for ecumenism and interfaith relations?
At your table in the school cafeteria, a fellow student is being criticized for organizing a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter. She is accused of "trying to get attention" and "pretending to be a saint when we all know what she's really like."
The football team is on the bus, heading for a rival school. Two players are plotting ways to insult and provoke the opposition players to ruin their concentration. The two players then discuss how they can get away with damaging property at the rival school. They are overheard by three teammates.
A group of young people outside a mall encounters a shabbily dressed man who is drinking from a bottle hidden in a paper bag. He stumbles and falls. Other passers-by laugh and make comments about the "wino."
Name the qualities of the children of God you have role-played.
Illustrating a Good LeaderMost modern people have never met a shepherd. Imagine what kind of person in today's world Jesus might compare himself with to illustrate the sort of leader he is. Then sketch or write a description of your version of the Good Shepherd. Explain your choice.
The CornerstoneIn the first reading, Peter refers to Jesus as the cornerstone of the Church. Illustrate this on a bulletin board. Give each child a stone drawn on a piece of construction paper. Have the children cut these out and glue torn pieces of gray or tan paper on the stones in mosaic style. Have the children write their names on their stones. Make one large stone and write "Jesus" on it. Use this as the cornerstone as the base stone of a church building. Use the children's stones to make an outline of a church on the bulletin board.
The Good ShepherdIn today's gospel, Jesus refers to himself as the Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep and whose sheep know him.
Play the good shepherd game. Have all the children sit in a circle on the floor. Select one child to be the good shepherd. Have the good shepherd close his eyes or turn his back away from the children. Point to one child and signal to that child to leave the room or hide behind a desk. Then have all the children baa like sheep to alert the good shepherd that one sheep is missing. Have the good shepherd try to figure out who is missing. Then have that child rejoin the group and become the good shepherd. Continue until all children have had a turn being the good shepherd.