Hi Godly Play Teachers, Welcome to our lesson for July 14, the Parable of the Leaven, found in Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:20-21.
It's also good to share how much three measures of
flour is. I've read that it's enough to make a dozen loaves of bread-
enough bread to feed 100 people!
Be sure to use the
wondering questions to help them tease out their own thoughts from their
heads. I'd love to be
able to share them with the parents in the newsletter, without names
attached, of course.
Idea Sparkers for the Make a Gift to God time.
It might be fun to depict the parable by drawing out exactly how much
bread this tiny bit of leaven can make rise. The children could make a
mural showing the title of the parable, a drawing of a small amount of
yeast, the dozen loaves of bread, and the baker woman. They could write
out the short parable at the bottom, and we could put it on one of our
big bulletin boards. Drawing out the dozen loaves would bring home how
much bread the parable is talking about.
2. Eat bread!
Let children shape croissant dough from the refrigerator aisle of the
grocery store. If there's time, they could even "paint" it before baking
with egg white colored with food coloring.
You could also compare
unleavened bread with leavened bread by sampling each.
older children could work on the question of how do you show your
leavening--or what kind of leaven are you? How do we participate in the
kingdom of God? What things do we do to "make the bread of the kingdom
rise?" To further the God's kingdom- to make the world like God wants it
to be? This could be done in drawings, with a collage, a poster that
the class works on together or separately.
4. Experiment with yeast, testing what
happens to warm sugar water with yeast in it.(We have yeast packets in the resource room.