Every other week we're focusing our blog on an activity or resource from Janice Truitt, our Children's Minister. Janice worked in public education for 34 years as an art teacher (33 in Plano ISD). Her experience and creativity are helping shape our children's ministry.
I found using finger puppets helps to engage children’s when reading stories based on scripture. The book I read from was Ralph Milton's Lectionary Story Bible, Year C. The kids loved these finger puppets of Bible characters I found at Hobby Lobby.
The Lectionary Story Bible is a good source for parents because it contains illustrated stories that follow the church year for children 5 and older.
Here I'm retelling our weekly Bible story using finger puppets.
More about Janice:
My desire to work with children goes back to my high school years. In high school I volunteered to assist with the preschool children at our church, and I helped with first grade art at a private school in Dallas.
As an adult, I worked in public education for 34 years; 33 of those years were for Plano ISD. I had the pleasure of teaching elementary through college level art. For 15 years I was the Art Coordinator for the district where I facilitated the development of the art curriculum to be taught in the schools.
I have found this experience of curriculum development very helpful as I create the lessons for Sunday School. While being taught the liturgy, the children experience a craft project that reinforces the meaning of the reading.
I hope to bring to the children and families of Resurrection Episcopal Church an opportunity for families to talk about what was taught in church. I would love to see this program grow to include more children and eventually more adults experiencing the joy of teaching God’s love; I am hoping to develop an engaging three-year curriculum that follows the church
I feel called to be a Children’s Minister because the experience brings great joy as I see the children learn about God. This process helps me view God’s meaning from a new perspective and reinforces my understanding of the generosity of our Lord.