Peter is Forgiven — Workshops we’ve used to teach this story

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The Workshop Rotation Model of Christian Education at FUMC rocks! Here are a couple of reasons why:

  • A Bible story is explored in-depth through a variety of creative teaching mediums (“workshops”) over a period of 5 weeks.
  • Kids from age 3 to 6th grade, whether attending Sunday’s downtown or Saturday’s at Green Wood, are all focusing on the same story, which allows families to share learning at home.

In April, we are continuing our study of Jesus’ forgiveness of Peter.
Can you imagine how Peter felt when he heard the rooster crow?

An angry-looking rooster

What had Peter just done? What was it that Jesus had told Peter about a rooster crowing? Ask your kids! Read our story in John 13:33, 36-38 and John 18:15-18, 25-27 and John 21:1-17.

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

Date Workshop Activity
4/6 No workshop Worship with your family.
4/13 Art Workshop Create a positive space/negative space cut-paper or a stencil collage using symbols from the story.
4/20 No workshop It’s youth-led worship!
4/27 Games Workshop Participate in a quiz game.

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

Date Our workshops…
4/7 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Games Drama Cooking Video Art
Room 211 Room 215 Social Hall Pine Room Room 212
4/14 3rd grade 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 4th grade 1st grade
4/21 Youth-led worship! Attend with your family.
4/28 4th grade 2nd grade 1st grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Drama Workshop students will enact the story of Peter’s denial and restoration using shadow drama.
  • In the Art Workshop students will create a cut-paper collage using symbols from the story and the Japanese design principal of “Notan” (dark and light).
  • In the Games Workshop students will participate in a quiz game (using the game wheel) to reinforce their knowledge of story details.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will create Peter’s Trail Mix and tell the Easter story with each ingredient.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of the live-action video The Gospel of John, exploring the story of Peter’s denial and restoration.

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

Photo credits:
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Rooster by Christopher Craig, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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