Cool Disciples Schedule: February 2013

February and a bit of March…

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On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings at FUMC our Cool Disciples experience Rotation Model Christian education. (Click on any of those bold words to find out more about our programs.)

We are currently studying the Old Testament saga of Joseph’s Coat. (Wait a minute, we studied that last month!) That’s right, we are trying out a six-week Rotation to see how it might be if all the grades got to visit all the workshops. (When we did three-week Rotations we offered six workshops but kids only got to visit three of them.) So, stay with us as we experiment and please, give us your feedback!

Read our story together as a family — it’s in Genesis 37:1-36 and 39:1-5. Other resources for this story include the family reading plan with discussion questions. That is here. (Or, you can print out it out by going to this page and clicking on the little printer icon at the top left.)

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

Date Workshop Activity
2/2 Art Workshop Discuss how Joseph’s family could have used a little peace! Create a backpack clip-on as a reminder of peaceful relationships.
2/9 Games Workshop Play a Cranium®/Trivial Pursuit® type of game and learn story details in a fun way.
2/16 Drama Workshop Enact the story with a special guest acting-coach!
2/23 Worship with your family
3/2 Puppets Workshop Tell the story with easy-to-use handle-bag puppets and props, including a special coat!

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

Date Our workshops…
2/3 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Cooking Games Art Video Drama Puppets
Social Hall Room 211 Room 212 Pine Room Room 204 Room 215
2/10 3rd grade 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 4th grade {closed} 1st grade
2/17 1st grade 4th grade 3rd grade {closed} 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade
2/24 2nd grade {closed} 1st grade 5th & 6th grade 4th grade 3rd grade
3/3 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family

What’s happening in each workshop?

5th & 6th graders show off their creations
5th & 6th graders show off their Art creations
  • In the Art Workshop students will create a backpack clip-on to remind them of the story and it’s message. I’ll bet they talk about peace!
  • Backpack clip-ons
  • In the Drama Workshop students will focus on learning the story sequence by hearing about the story characters and their feelings and by enacting the story.
  • 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 students 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.
  • Students make "dirt" pudding out of crushed Oreos
    Students make something good from a “crushing” experience.
  • 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 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.


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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