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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Teaching Saints

Hey, I need some help.

Have any of you ever taught a class on saints? How would you do it? Have you ever taught a particular or a group of saints? What did you do?

I'm serious here. I'm looking for some wicked creative ideas.

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Blogger Nick said...

If you're into the saints, I'd like to recommend checking out the Dead Theologians Society, which is an official youth program that you can sign up for. I use it in my ministry and it's amazing. The kids totally love it!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Nick- I like the idea of helping teens know more about the Saints, but DTS's black hoodies are over the top for me. In my experience with youth ministry, there are enough struggles with "cliques." We've even had some people accuse the youth program of being some kind of cult, which of course it's not. So I wouldn't want to give our critics more ammo (since I want the critics to JOIN the youth ministry). I'm all for talking about the Saints, but the DTS program wouldn't be my choice. But then, you only threw it out there as an option. If it works for some people, then I suppose they should use it.
Having said that, I don't have any crazy, creative ideas on teaching about the Saints - other than a road trip to a saint's former home or site where a saint/martyr was killed, or something like that. Looking forward to reading the suggestions you get.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Dennis said...

Well, two years in a row, when I was teaching CCD to 6th graders, before I entered seminary, I got this idea about baseball cards.

Most holy cards are kind of pious and over the top romantic. Nothing against that, but it's just kind of syrupy for my taste.

But baseball cards, with stats and trivia and stuff on the back, that's kind of cool.

So I had my kids make baseball cards. Each kid made one for their chosen saint. A picture on one side. Stats and interesting info on the back. When were they born? When did they die? Were they martyred? Did they come up with an idea that helped the Church? Did they stand up for a great cause? Did they help the poor? Just short statements, like the way a baseball card might mention RBI's and HR's and rookie of the year and that stuff.

They made the cards as homework, and then they brought them to class and traded them with other kids. It was fun for 15 minutes. Then I had to move the lesson on to somehthing else.

Maybe too juvenile for high school. I dunno.

11:23 PM  

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