Clergy & Kids (Sabbath Intro Day) 


Rev. Sandra Fischer sat with the children of Kaleidoscope Corner this morning and spoke about Sabbath.  She related it to "recess" for the children to understand the concept.  Then she continued and re-introduced "prayer fingers" as Sabbath is about rest, prayer, and reflection on previous week.  Each finger, when clasped together for prayer, has a meaning to help a children to remember who to pray for.   

  • The thumb - those closest to you (family)
  • Point er finger - those near to you (friends)
  • Middle Finger - points to God, so things we are thankful for (air, water, shelter, animals)
  • Ring Finger - is the weakest finger - so that that are in need that need our prayers (those sick)
  • Pinky Finger - you
  

After Sandra left the group, Stacey Kroninger, continued to speak about Sabbath.  We discussed what God created and why he created Sunday as Sabbath.

Stacey asked the children to share what they did Monday - Saturday.  She wrote down on a chart and then after she wrote what God did Day 1- 6. 

  

  • Day 1 - God created light and separated the light from the darkness, calling light "day" and darkness "night."
  • Day 2 - God created an expanse to separate the waters and called it "sky."
  • Day 3 - God created the dry ground and gathered the waters, calling the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters "seas." On day three, God also created vegetation (plants and trees).
  • Day 4 - God created the sun, moon, and the stars to give light to the earth and to govern and separate the day and the night. These would also serve as signs to mark seasons, days, and years.
  • Day 5 - God created every living creature of the seas and every winged bird, blessing them to multiply and fill the waters and the sky with life
  • Day 6 - God created the animals to fill the earth. On day six, God also created man and woman (Adam and Eve) in his own image to commune with him. He blessed them andgave them every creature and the whole earth to rule over, care for, and cultivate.
  • Day 7 - God had finished his work of creation and so he rested on the seventh day, blessing it and making it holy.
Finally we discussed Sunday, Sabbath and how it was difficult to create all the God had done and that he wanted a day of rest and reflect.  She read Genesis 2:2-4 to the children. 

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.


We completed the intro to Sabbath by listening to the song "This is the way... " Mulberry Bush to relate to how children would remember all that they had to do each day and how the song helped them to remember their daily chores.
 
The children made a prayer hand diagram using the outline of their hands and wrote on each finger what they wanted to pray for.  They then brought those home and were encouraged to hang the diagram somewhere they would see everyday to help them remember those they wanted to pray for.
 


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