by Bernadette Wilson
A child's preparation for First Communion is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is when he or she will come to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread. If you're the one in charge of making this happen, you're probably always on the lookout for helpful new resources. Here's why we think GOD'S GREATEST GIFT is worth your time reviewing.
For Your Children
GOD'S GREATEST GIFT is a fun, hands-on, highly sensory process of preparing for First Communion. It is sensitive to the attention span, energy levels and varied interests of young, enquiring minds. It is designed to be an enjoyable and exciting experience for your children, one that will build a firm understanding of Jesus' immeasurable love for them, one that will set them on a course in life marked by a true commitment to Gospel values.
For Their Families
GOD'S GREATEST GIFT utilises and focuses the special gifts and talents of family members in initiating their child or brother or sister into the sacrament. You will find that not only is the child preparing for First Communion awakened to the tremendous gift of Jesus in the Eucharist, but also the family will experience a renewed understanding and commitment, seeing Jesus once more themselves through the unclouded eyes of children.
For Your Catechists
GOD'S GREATEST GIFT is designed to truly empower and bring out the best in your leaders, even if they're first-time volunteers. They will be able to guide the children easily, yet solidly, to a true understanding of the Eucharist through story, song, activity and discussion. It will be fun for them, too!
Table Of Contents
Take a look at the following table of contents. If you are planning on covering any of these topics with your children, we can make your job easier!
Chapter One — The Gift of Creation
Chapter Two— The Gift of Life
Chapter Three — The Gift of Baptism
Chapter Four — The Gift of God's Word
Chapter Five — The Gift of Friendship
Chapter Six — The Gift of Forgiveness
Chapter Seven — The Gift of Peace
Chapter Eight — The Gift of Joy
Chapter Nine — The Greatest Gift (Eucharist)
Chapter Ten — Our Gift to God
GOD'S GREATEST GIFT is absolutely full of new and creative ways to help your children come to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread.
There is a whole section of special music written especially for this programme, emphasizing and reinforcing the message of each chapter.
And there's lots to keep little hands busy, too! Every chapter offers several options for projects that are fun, informative and easy-to-do.
Each chapter contains a special story adapted from the scriptures, in language that your children can understand, enjoy and remember.
Several activities, such as roleplay, are suggested in each chapter, showing the children how the different gifts are used in everyday life.
All in all, it's just a great programme. We're confident both you and your children will enjoy the latest editions of GOD'S GREATEST GIFT!
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