Cool Disciples Schedule: January 2013

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At FUMC, on Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings, our Cool Disciples experience Workshop Rotation Model Christian education, as they learn about Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly, fun, multimedia workshops.

To kick off the new year we are returning to the Old Testament, and studying the sequel to our Jacob and Esau story from October and November. What would that be on? Joseph, the 11th (and the favorite) son of Jacob! Read about our story in Genesis 37:1-36, 39:1-5.

For Sundays at the downtown location, here is the schedule of workshops…

Date What’s happening
1/6 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Drama Cooking Video Puppets Art Games
Room 204 Social Hall Pine Room Room 215 Room 212 Room 211
1/13 3rd grade 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 4th grade {closed} 1st grade
1/20 1st grade 4th grade 3rd grade {closed} 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade
1/27 2nd grade {closed} 1st grade 5th & 6th grade 4th grade 3rd grade

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Drama Workshop Joseph's brothers react to his dreamsstudents will focus on learning the story sequence by hearing about the story characters and their feelings and by enacting the story.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will learn about “crushing” experiences – those that can break us down and can separate us from family and friends. They’ll learn that good can come from what seems like bad and we are never separated from God!
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of the animated video Joseph King of Dreams. They’ll compare the video to the Bible story. Does it get the story correctly?
  • In the Puppets Workshop Our Handle-Bag Puppetsstudents will use handle-bag puppets to re-tell the story of Joseph and his brothers; how a special coat and strange dreams cause trouble in Joseph’s family.
  • In the Art Workshop students will create a backpack clip-on to remind them of the story and it’s message.
  • In the Games Workshop students will participate in a game that involves answering questions, singing, acting, drawing, and sculpting – a Cranium®/Trivial Pursuit® type of game. In the process of having fun, they’ll learn about story details.

For Saturdays at the Green Wood location, here is the schedule…

Date Workshop Activity
1/5 Cooking Make a tasty snack from a “crushing” experience.
1/12 Video Watch portions of the animated video Joseph King of Dreams.
1/19 A special lesson related to MLK Day. Activities will include stories and origami.
1/26 Drama Students will focus on learning the story sequence by hearing about the story characters and their feelings and by enacting the story.


If you are in the area please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI


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