Join us for a night of fun.
I would like (indicate how many) at $8 each:
_____ Italian Wedding
_____ Chicken Noodle
_____ Vegetarian Chili
Paid/Owes:________ Pick-up Date:_______
Boing putty, frogs that fly, Nerf darts, koosh balls, pastel coloring crayons…what do these items have in common? Believe it or not, they are just a few of the items included in our Buzz curriculum boxes. Sure, you’ll find the tradititional Sunday School supplies like Bible stories but beyond that; this curriculum is certainly not the traditional Sunday School.
So what’s it all about? Why do the kids love coming to their classes each week? Here’s a quick tour of Buzz….
Regardless of grade level the flow is pretty much the same. Each lesson starts with conversation starters. For the younger parishioners, these are pretty basic. “What did you do this week to show God’s love?” “How does God show love for you?” For the older kids, it’s a chance to chat with their peers about what’s on their mind. “What are you excited about this week?” “What is worrying you?” These questions lead to great discussions and create an atmosphere of building relationships and making connections with each other.
Next, the “theme” of the lesson is introduced. The theme is the main point of the Bible story for that particular week. Bible stories included in Buzz are often those that are lesser known, which is helpful for keeping kids engaged.
Following a short discussion of the theme, the rest of the lesson is really guided by the kids. Through a quick game, the students decide which activites they do. There is a wide varitey of activities and they are different each week. Everything from acting out a skit, to playing with clay, dancing or more traditional arts and crafts. With Buzz–if the students are losing interest–the teacher is able to re-engage them by moving them right on to the next activity.
After the activities, the students wrap up with a prayer. Depending on the grade level, students will perform an activity that helps them select what to focus their prayer on that particular week. This might be a prayer for their family or a particular concern they would like to work through. When the bell rings at the end of class, each student is given a small card with an activity they can do at home.
It’s clear our students love Buzz, but what about our teachers? Feedback we’ve received from teachers has been consistent. They love waking up on Sunday morning knowing their lesson is already planned and the supplies are organized and waiting for them right in their Buzz box.
We will be using Buzz for the remainder of 2017. During the summer, the curriculum commitee will meet to evaluate student and parent feedback and decide if Buzz is the curriculum of choice for next year.
As always, we value and NEED your feedback! Please reach out to me (Amanda McNally) with any comments or concerns you have. If you are considering teaching next year, we welcome you to sit in on any one of our Sunday School classes to catch Buzz in action!
Church will be open for Parish Breakfast at 9:00 am followed by Sunday Service and Sunday School at 10:00 am. Please be sensible, take care, and don’t venture out if the roads are not safe in your area!
Join us for Name Tag Sunday
Sunday, January 8
Hosted by the Good Shepherd Greeters
During the Parish Breakfast and 10:00 service
If you are serving, please wear your name tag.
If you are a server but not serving, you are welcome to wear your name tag.
You can even bring your own snazzy name tag, if you like!
Plenty of name tags will be available.
How many people do you recognize but don’t know (or remember) their name?
We at Good Shepherd are known for our warm welcome,
Let’s warmly welcome each other by name!