Thursday, November 13, 2008

November Gathering

This month Claire taught about a saint very close to her heart, St Andrew.
Here is some info -
St. Andrew , like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" Andrew understood that Jesus was greater. At once he left John to follow the Divine Master. Jesus knew that Andrew was walking behind him, and turning back, he asked, "what do you seek?" When Andrew answered that he would like to know where Jesus lived, Our Lord replied, "Come and see." Andrew had been only a little time with Jesus when he realized that this was truly the Messiah.
From then on, he chose to follow Jesus. Andrew was thus the first
disciple of Christ. Next, Andrew brought his brother Simon (St. Peter) to Jesus and Jesus received him, too, as His disciple. At first the two brothers continued to carry on their fishing trade and family affairs, but later, the Lord called them to stay with Him all the time. He promised to make them fishers of men, and this time, they left their nets for good. It is believed that after Our Lord ascended into Heaven, St. Andrew went to Greece to preach the gospel. He is said to have been put to death on a cross, to which he was tied, not nailed. He lived two days in that state of suffering, still preaching to the people who gathered around their beloved Apostle. Two countries have chosen St. Andrew as their patron - Russia and Scotland.
Whilst learning about St Andrew the kids were asked to draw on the window (hope they don't get any ideas!) which they really enjoyed, no doubt.
They drew Symbols that represented his life. They then went to the table and using the symbols on the window they created their own mini stained glass window(s). This craft was an absolute hit as they all fully engrossed themselves in it till they finished. Thanks Claire for a great lesson and a wonderful craft.
We then had a relaxing lunch out the back in the beautiful spring weather, chatting away while the kids played. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Christmas party. Danielle.

1 comment:

Leonie said...

Wow, looks like everyone had a great time - and thanks for the report, too.