Yesterday, we covered Creation in Catechism. Anyone who has sat through years and years of Catechism class in their childhood knows how dry and BORING it can be. My teaching helper and I are on a mission to change that… and not just for our group of 27 (!!!!!) students, but for the entire program at our parish.
So… we will be leaving the book (mostly) in the dust and teaching the information in more exciting ways. We haven’t quite figured out how we are going to accomplish this… chances are it will be ever evolving.
The photo is our prayer table I set up prior to Mass. The Bible is open to James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
The globe represents our entire world and everything within it. The plant (a prayer plant, btw… how fitting) represents all living things. The candle holder represents the universe (stars, moon, and the sun glowing on top). The mirror was for the children to look at themselves as a reminder that each one of them are God’s precious gift (check out my totally adorable skirt in the mirror, lol). The green cloth is for the liturgical calendar which corresponds with the Priests robes, we also have a cross and holy water out each week.
We talked about the 6 “days” of creation and the 7th of rest. We explained the concept of time and the possibility that each of the days could have represented a lengthy period of time, however, in the time the Bible was written down the days of creation likely corresponded to the normal workweek of the Israelites. The story of creation is not intended to be a scientific study, its not an exact recording of God’s work within a certain time frame. It is the story which revealed to God’s people the truths about creation. That everything in existence was created by God.
“God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” Genesis 1:31