One of the things we teach in Godly Play is the circle of the church year. It sounds as if it would be a dry subject but the children love it! I think it makes them feel part of the in-group when they understand the color changes on the altar and the flow of the year.
The first thing they look at when they come into the Godly Play room is the large circle of the church year we have on the wall. To help young children learn to tell church time we have a pointer that we move each Sunday to show where we are on the wheel of the year. This helps them learn the number of weeks in each season and the liturgical colors.
The church tells time by celebrating the events of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit. The church year is basically composed of Sundays occurring in 6 seasons: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Since the date of Easter moves every year, the exact length of some of these seasons changes every year.
The liturgical colors are BLUE for Advent, WHITE for the Sundays of Christmas, GREEN for the season after Epiphany, PURPLE for Lent, WHITE for the Sundays of Easter, RED for Pentecost, and GREEN for the Sundays after Pentecost.
The summer is almost over and we will soon start a new cycle of lessons with the LCH children. And they will be able to follow along with the church seasons on their own church year circle. Knowledge gives them a sense of power!
Come join us at 9:15 this coming Sunday, August 31, for the installation of the new Sunday school teachers. After service, at about 10:30, we will have a blessing of our Godly Play room and a open house of our wonderful materials.