Rotation Schedule: the Events of Holy Week

Dutchman's BreechesHappy Lent!

Our current Rotation is a look at the events of Holy Week. Holy Week covers the last days – the last week – of Jesus’ life on earth. Our aim is that kids will be able to sequence the events of Holy Week and re-tell the story of Easter. In the process of this learning, they will come to recognize that Jesus’ journey to the cross (and beyond) was a trip that Jesus made for them because of God’s love for us. This is why we celebrate Easter!

 
To see a growing list of opportunities to foster faith learning at home on the subject of Holy Week and Lent, click here. Might I suggest a few of my favorites? (Click on the pictures or the underlined words, to read.)


Plastic Easter Eggs
Fill eggs with symbols of the story from Palm Sunday to Easter. Use these eggs to help children to learn and re-tell the story. Look for a starter set to come home with your child from our Storytelling Workshop!
an abacus What can your family do to intentionally put God at the center of your life – say for about for 10 – 15 minutes a day? Here are seven ideas for your family’s Lent experience.
a sign says: Look Both Ways
A bit of history about Lent… and a suggestion to take time in this season to notice the sacred in the secular.

Where is the schedule? It was sort of out of date and has been removed 🙂

But here is what we did in each workshop:

  • In the Games Workshop students will play a “Family Feud” quiz game while learning story details.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will create an edible map of Jerusalem, noting the location of the events of Holy Week.
  • In the Storytelling Workshop the contents of eggs found in a hunt help a Bible-times character to tell the story. Students will create their own mini set of storytelling eggs!
  • In the Photography Workshop students will re-enact the events of Holy Week and pose for still photographs of each scene.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of the live-action video The Visual Bible: Matthew, while enjoying popcorn (can’t have a movie without popcorn!).

Check out the Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday school at the original home of Rotation, where many of my lessons are posted under “CreativeCarol.”

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


Photo credits:
Flowers are from my archives.
Easter eggs by kanspice.
Forehead with ash cross by mtsofan.
Look! by Travis Nep Smith. All photos licensed under a Creative Commons License on Flickr.

A month about love: February 2014 Schedule

Jesus was often peppered with questions. The toughest, trickiest one was probably:

Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?
Matthew 22:36

In February, we’ll be studying the answer Jesus gave. His response is so important it’s even named! Appropriately enough it’s called: The Greatest Commandment.

Jesus’ positive prescription?

It’s about love.

Read our story of Jesus’ Greatest Commandment in Matthew 22:34-40. Check out our schedule of Rotation workshops below!

To see a growing list of opportunities to foster faith learning at home for our stories on the Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandment (because they are interrelated) click here.


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

Date Workshop Activity
2/1 Cooking Workshop Prepare snack mix to share with the L.O.V.E. Thy Neighbor program.
2/8 Art Workshop Create a decorative hanging container out of clay, to store a copy of the Greatest Commandment. This case will be modeled after a Jewish mezuzah.
2/15 Worship with your family
2/22 Games Workshop Play a game called “Titanic Challenge.” Learn about how to treat your neighbor.

And on Sundays, at the downtown location…

Date Our workshops…
2/2 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Cooking Games Art
Pine Room Social Hall Room 212
2/9 5th & 6th grade 3rd & 4th grade 1st & 2nd grade
2/16 1st & 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd & 4th grade
2/23 3rd & 4th grade 1st & 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade

Note: In February we are doubling up the classes due to winter vacations and a predicted (unfortunate) increase in illness which can keep kids, and workshop leaders, at home!

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Art Workshop students will create a decorative hanging container out of clay, to store a copy of the Greatest Commandment. This case will be modeled after a Jewish mezuzah. This one will be a keeper!
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will mix up and bag snack mix, to share with the L.O.V.E. Thy Neighbor program. What other ways will your kids help their neighbors?
  • In the Games Workshop students will participate in a game requiring cooperation (and treating your neighbor nicely!). Come join in a fun game of “Titanic Challenge.”

What is this all about? On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings at FUMC our Cool Disciples experience Rotation Model Christian education, as they learn about Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly multimedia workshops. 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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The Ten Commandments: January schedule

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A quizzical-looking boy holds what appears to be ten commandment tablets

In January we are studying the Ten Commandments.

I hate to admit this, but… this may be a Rotation that your kids have trouble grasping.

But there is a way to combat this problem!

+++++Continue the learning at home!

Here is a place to start.

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

Date Workshop Activity
1/11 Drama Workshop Students will act out modern-day scenarios of the 10 commandments, challenging listeners to determine which commandment is involved.
1/18 Music Workshop Watch two music videos. Sing and dance along to learn about the Ten Commandments!
1/25 Art Workshop Create a keepsake copy of the Ten Commandment tablets.

And on Sundays, at the downtown location…

Date Our workshops…
1/5 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Art 1 Art 2 Drama 1 Drama 2 Music
Pine Room Social Hall Room 204 Room 215 Room 211
1/12 (closed) 4th grade 5th & 6th grades 3rd grade 1st & 2nd grades
1/19 1st grade 5th & 6th grades (closed) 2nd grade 3rd & 4th grades
1/26 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 1st grade 5th & 6th grades

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • A keepsake copy of the Ten Commandment tablets

    In the Art Workshop students will create a keepsake copy of the Ten Commandment tablets. (Both Art 1 and Art 2 will do the same project.)

  • A golden calf

    In the Drama 1 Workshop students will enact the story as it is told by the leader; making use of props & music. Rumor says a golden calf will be there?

  • In the Drama 2 Workshop students will participate in acting out modern day scenarios of the Ten Commandments in action. Which commandment is represented in each scenario?
  • In the Music Workshop students visit the Bible mural timeline (and learn what the peachy-orange color signifies). Then they’ll watch a couple of music videos to learn about the Ten Commandments. (Dancing is optional.) Preview the videos here and here.


We do a different sort of Christian education for kids. We are a Workshop Rotation Model church. 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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The “what is going on” child remixed by Carol Hulbert from an original photo by woodleywonderworks.
Golden calf by allspice1, all via photopin under a Creative Commons License on Flickr.
Tablets photo from my archives.

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Abraham & Sarah: November Schedule

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Abraham looking up at the stars

In November we are continuing the story of Abraham and Sarah. Read our story in Genesis 12:1-9, 13:14b-18, 15:1-7, 15:18a, 17:1-9, 17:15-17, 18:1-15, 21:1-3. Note that this is a long story and portions of Genesis are being skipped on purpose!

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Bonus Question for the Kiddos: Why is Abram star-gazing?


On Sunday’s at the Downtown location…

Date Our workshops…
11/3 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Video Art Games Puppets Cooking
Pine Room Room 212 Room 211 Room 215 Social Hall
11/10 3rd grade 5th & 6th grade 1st grade 4th grade 2nd grade
11/17 4th grade 1st grade 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade
11/24 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 1st grade 4th grade

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

Date Workshop or Activity
11/2 Attend a special worship service with kids in leadership roles.
11/9 Cooking Workshop
11/16 Art Workshop
11/23 Video Workshop
11/30 Worship with your family and enjoy the holiday weekend!

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Art Workshop students will discuss blessings in their lives and how they can bless others. They will create and learn how to make use of a blessing box.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will make sugar cookies to give to others who are blessings in their lives.
  • In the Games Workshop students will participate in a Trivial Pursuit type of game to learn story details.
  • In the Puppets Workshop students will use handle-bag puppets to enact the story.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of an animated video on our story, Covenant Discovery, from the Great Bible Discovery series. Explore how we trust God’s promise.


If you are in the area please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI. On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings, children ages 3 to 6th grade experience Workshop Rotation Model Christian education, as they learn about Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly, fun, multimedia workshops.


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Abram is awed by the number of stars in the sky by Stjepan Mokatelo, via Christian Clip Art.

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Abraham & Sarah: October Schedule

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On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings at FUMC, our kids, whom we call Cool Disciples, experience Rotation Model Christian education, as they learn about Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly multimedia workshops. Scroll down to view our October schedule of workshops. This month we’ll be starting a Rotation on the Old Testament story of Abraham and Sarah.

The Old Testament? Why study the Old Testament?

An old (now out-dated) floppy disk

After all, isn’t it the Old (i.e., Out-dated, Leaden, Dusty) Testament?

While the Old Testament can seem distant from our ways of thinking, there are important reasons why we include it in our studies:

  • It’s the Bible Jesus learned. (In fact, he likely could recite all of it by heart.)
  • Jesus and the apostles constantly refer to it in their teaching.
  • And the story of Abraham and Sarah is of particular interest…

  • It’s the story of God’s interactions with people; calling them to be in a relationship with him.
  • We see Abraham and Sarah on a journey. They took the first step and walked into the unknown, solely by faith. There is an element of mystery in walking faithfully. Abraham and Sarah can be a model for what it means to take a leap of faith.

Read about our story in Genesis 12:1-9, 13:14b-18, 15:1-7, 15:18a, 17:1-9, 17:15-17, 18:1-15, 21:1-3. Note that this is a long story and portions of Genesis are being skipped on purpose!

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

Date Workshop Activity
10/5 Drama Workshop One more week on the story of Jesus in the Temple as a young boy. Enact this story using masks in the form of a Greek drama.
10/12 Puppet Workshop Starting on the story of Abraham and Sarah by using “handle bag” puppets to enact the story.
10/19 No Workshop this week Worship with your family
10/26 A Special Workshop Make preparations to help lead worship on November 2nd and make a Halloween snack.

On Sundays at the downtown location…

Date What’s happening…
10/6 Enjoy worship and World Communion Sunday.
(Leave the service with your child after the children’s moment for Rev. Nancy Lynn’s Family Communion Class, and rejoin the service in time for Communion. Recommended for age K and up.)
Our workshops…
Art Cooking Video Games Puppets
Room 212 Social Hall Pine Room Room 211 Room 215
10/13 3rd grade** 5th & 6th grade 1st grade 4th grade 2nd grade
10/20 4th grade 1st grade 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade
10/27 Attend a special worship service with kids in leadership roles.

** 3rd graders will be receiving Bibles in worship during the children’s moment. Then they’ll have a special class!

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Art Workshop students will discuss blessings in their lives and how they can bless others. They will create and learn how to make use of a blessing box.
  • In the Cooking Workshop students will make sugar cookies to give to others who are blessings in their lives.
  • In the Games Workshop students will participate in a Trivial Pursuit type of game to learn story details.
  • In the Puppets Workshop students will use handle-bag puppets to enact the story.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of an animated video on our story, Covenant Discovery, from the Great Bible Discovery series. Explore how we trust God’s promise.

We’ll be continuing our study of Abraham and Sarah next month!
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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Floppy disk by “Great Beyond,” who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

Jesus as a boy, in the Temple: September 2013 Schedule

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At FUMC on Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings, our Christian education for children is based on the Workshop Rotation Model. In September kids will spend four weeks learning about Jesus when he was a young boy of 12-years old. Each week they will encounter a different kid-friendly multimedia workshop. When they are done they really know the stories!

Read this month’s story in Luke 2:41-52.

Jesus in the Temple as a boy

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

Date Workshop Activity
9/7 Art Workshop Create a unique book of God-given talents. The design of this book makes it a keeper! It will be easy to add more pages.
9/14 Cooking Talk about Passover and make unleavened bread.
9/21 Video Watch a video that tells the story and one that covers the story theme.
9/28 Games Play a game of “Concentration” and learn story details.

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

Date Our workshops…
9/1 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
Cooking Games Art Video Drama
Social Hall Room 211 Room 212 Pine Room Room 215
9/8 3rd grade 5th & 6th grade 1st grade 4th grade 2nd grade
9/15 4th grade 1st grade 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade
9/22 5th & 6th grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 1st grade 4th grade
9/29 1st grade 3rd grade 4th grade 2nd grade 5th & 6th grade

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Cooking Workshop students will make unleavened bread. They will learn about Jesus’ celebration of Passover and his experience in Jerusalem – feeling at home in his “father’s house.”
  • In the Games Workshop students will participate in a game of Concentration — with a twist! This game will help them to learn story details.
  • In the Art Workshop students will create a “Book of Gifts” to record skills and talents God has given them. Their book will have a unique cover done with a marble painting. Ask them the significance of the cover!
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of the live-action video Jesus, and the video Finding Nemo.
  • In the Drama Workshop students will enact the story using a Greek Drama complete with masks similar to those used over 2,000 years ago.

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


Photo credits:
Biblical illustration by Jim Padgett, from now-out-of-print
Read’n Grow Picture Bible, circa 1984; via Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Sweet Publishing, Ft. Worth, TX, and Gospel Light, Ventura, CA. Released under a Creative Commons license.

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Summer schedule 2013

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What’s up for kids and Christian Education in July and August at FUMC?
Starting July 13th and 14th, we’re off to the movies! Our special summer film series will feature six selections from the “What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver” series.  It will be a fun way to enjoy a change of pace while learning some really cool stuff! (This video series is by the creator of Veggie Tales!) And, we voted on special days! Check out the schedule below.

Here’s a preview of this film series:

Here is the schedule for July and August and the beginning of September:

Date Green Wood location
Saturday evening
Downtown location
Sunday morning
July 13/14 Both locations introduced the What’s in the Bible video series.
(And we voted for special days!)

(If you missed this week, to be introduced to all of the characters in this series watch this short video.)

July 20/21 Attend worship with your parental units Stuffed animal day. Kids brought their stuffed animals to the movies! We learned about Genesis. Here’s an important message from today’s lesson.
July 27/28 Attend worship with your parental units. Missing hearing the theme song? (I figured you were. Here it is.) We’re fast-forwarding to the New Testament. Here’s the trailer.
Date Green Wood location
Saturday evening
Downtown location
Sunday morning
August 3/4 Stuffed animal day! Today we’ll learn about the first book of the Bible: Genesis. Watch a portion of what we’ll see. Attend worship with your parental units
August 10/11 Pajama Day! What a fun way to view a video; all cushy-comfy in your jammers. However, it would be wise if you at least wore shoes. Or would it be smart? I wonder what the difference is between wise and smart? We are going to find out! Pajama Day! (It will be so easy to get ready for church!) We’ll be watching part two of the Gospels. Here’s something that the adults might be interested in watching. (Kids can watch too but it’s a message for the grown-ups.)
August 17/18 Wear your funky hat day. Yikes, I hope it’s not too hot to wear a hat! Regardless, come and watch part one of the Gospels. You know the Gospels right? (Here’s a review.) Nothing special day? But wait! When YOU are there it’s special! This week you won’t want to miss. It’s all about the special gift that Jesus promised his disciples. That’s right, the Holy Spirit. Is this gift available for us today? Come and watch and see!
August 24/25 Pajama Day – again! Today we’ll be continuing on with the Gospels. There is lots to learn about: healing and miracles and teachings and things that aren’t even talked about in the Bible! But they are important concepts to understand. Watch this one about the Trinity. Pajama Day #2 (just in case you missed the first one.) We’ll be learning about the books of the Bible called the “Writings.” Can anyone name a book in the Writings section? Here’s one.
Aug. 31 /Sept. 1 Backwards Day. That will be strange. Hey, we’ll be talking today about what happened on Pentecost. Now that was amazing strange! Attend worship with your parental units. Have you been singing the theme song?

We are a Workshop Rotation Model church! Yeah for fun, meaningful learning! Join us in two locations: On Saturday evening at Green Wood, or downtown on Sunday mornings at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI.


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Joseph in Egypt: June 2013 Schedule

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

In June, we are continuing to cover part two of the Old Testament Joseph story. Read in the Bible all of the passages we’re covering in Genesis 39:1-5, 39:20-45:28, 46:1-7, 50:15-21. Yes, it’s too much to read in one sitting! Here’s the answer: Use the reading plan for this Rotation to help with how to break it down into manageable chunks. This reading plan includes discussion questions – talk about it over the family dinner table and apply this story to your lives.

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers (a painting of unknown origin, in the public domain
Joseph reveals himself to his brothers (Genesis 45:1-15)

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

Date Workshop Activity
6/1 Plant flowers! Support the Green Wood clean-up day and help to beautify the church exterior.
6/8 A visit from Pastor Doug! We’ll play some get-to-know-you games and hear what he thinks about the story of Joseph.
6/15 No workshops today. Worship with your family.
6/22 Photography workshop Retell the story by creating frozen pictures of story scenes.
6/29 Musical Storytelling Tell the story in a musical way! Watch portions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Sing along!

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

Date Our workshops…
6/2 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family
6/9 The big game! Are You Smarter than a 6th grader?
Puppets Games Video Musical Storytelling Photography
Room 215 Room 211 Pine Room Social Hall Room 204
6/16 4th grade 5th & 6th grade 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
6/23 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade 4th grade 1st grade 2nd grade
6/30 2nd grade 4th grade 5th & 6th grade 3rd grade 1st grade

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • In the Games Workshop students will play a quiz game using the life-sized game board and an over-sized game die.
  • In the Photography Workshop students will create a series of tableaux (still photographs) of each portion of the story. These will later be made into a slideshow with narration.
  • In the Puppet Workshop students will use handle-bag puppets to enact the story of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt.
  • The Storytelling Workshop tells the story with a musical! Experience Joseph’s feelings and events in his life by viewing and discussing parts of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • In the Video Workshop students will watch portions of the animated video Joseph King of Dreams.


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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Painting of Joseph revealing his identity, from an unknown origin, in the Public Domain. Courtesy of La Vista Church of Christ. Licensed under a Creative Commons License.