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This second week of Advent, we look at Hamburg Altar (The Tree of Jesse) by Absolon Stumme. Use the video and activity suggestions to help children explore and connect to the season of Advent.
This first week of Advent, we look at Michelangelo’s Isaiah, Sistine Chapel detail. Use the video and activity suggestions to help children explore and connect to the season of Advent.
Working with young children can be a challenge, but children can also be fun and even give you insights into our faith when you look through their eyes of innocence and imagination. With that in mind, here are five tips for working with little children in faith formation sessions.
With a focus on the anticipation of the miracle of Christ’s birth, Loyola Press presents Arts & Faith: Advent, a series of videos featuring carefully curated works of art that focus on key themes and messages of the season. Art historian and theologian Daniella Zsupan-Jerome (Loyola University New Orleans) expertly walks viewers through vibrant pieces of fine art, delving into the Scripture and thematic motifs related to the four weeks of Advent.
by Darcy Osby
Last year was my rock-star year: I graduated with my M.Div., moved to a new state, learned the ropes of ministering as a DRE in a parish with over 800 children, planned a wedding and got married, and recovered from a stress fracture in my foot which required me to wear a boot for several months way too close to my wedding day. I was unstoppable.
Recently one of my catechists asked me how it felt to be in year two. Was it so much smoother than last year? “No!” I honestly replied. This year has been a mess from building renovations requiring us to move planned functions, to overwhelmed catechists, to angry parents, and to serious behavior issues. I found myself at week two in tears, curled up on my couch with a bag of Hershey’s Kisses and a new husband who was clearly wondering what he had gotten himself into.
The next day as I trudged into the church, I stopped in the Eucharistic Chapel. “I’m never going to get through this year without you,” I half-accusingly prayed.
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