In Session 8 of Finding God, Grade 3, children are led through a reflective prayer service. As the catechist, you may choose to play a song from the Finding God music CD, called “Here I Am, God,” as the children settle and prepare for the prayer service. Once relaxed and ready, guide children through a meditation in which they imagine meeting Jesus and Peter. Tell children that this is an opportunity to use their imagination in prayer. Children are encouraged to note the colors, the sounds, and the smells of the landscape they are in, and what Jesus and Peter and the other Apostles talk about. Then guide the children to picture themselves in the scene and to speak with Jesus. Allow the children a few moments of silence to speak to Jesus in their hearts.
When finished, say: Like the sower in this painting, we do our best to carry on God’s work even when we come to a crossroads or barrier in our path. Whenever we feel uncertain, we should talk to Jesus, meet him in our prayers, and ask for strength to continue on our faithful journey. Encourage children to think of themselves as the sower, toiling away in the golden sun, when they have difficult choices to make. Remind them that God is always with us.