To teach the children to work together to share and carry out ways of serving the Kingdom of God
The children will explain why friends are special in helping each other spiritually and practically to serve the Kingdom of God.
Saint Scholastica and her brother Saint Benedict grew up together in the hills of northern Italy. They were best friends. When they moved apart they missed each other very much. Benedict went to study in Rome. Scholastica stayed close to home. She loved to study and to take care of people who were poor or sick. Later Scholastica started a community of nuns. It was about five miles from the monastery where Benedict had started a community of monks. Scholastica and Benedict met once a year in a little house nearby. They prayed and talked about their love of God. At the end of one visit, Scholastica asked her brother to stay longer. When he refused, she prayed that he would stay. A powerful storm started and Benedict could not leave. Scholastica explained that since he would not listen to her, she had asked God. She said God had heard her prayer. They talked and prayed all night.
Scholastica's feast day is February 10.
Benedict's feast day is July 11.
Emphasize the value of the whole group working together to accomplish goals.
Encourage the children to accept all of the children in the group as friends.