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2017 Creative Festivals Material Now Available

The Department of Christian Education has published resources for the 2017 Creative Festivals. Creative Festival categories include Art, Creative Writing, Poetry, Photography and Media.

Several items are available for download to assist you as you introduce the theme, "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Mark 11:17)

Lesson Plans: The plans are designed for one (or two) 40-minute classes, and written at four levels: Preschool and Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, 4-6, Middle School and High School. More than enough material is offered, choose what will work for your class.

Theme Song: We have a special theme song each year for the festivals, (sometimes more than one) which is available as an MP3 download. Consider teaching the song to the students and/or playing it as the students do their projects. It may also be played as background if your parish chooses to have an exhibit of the students' work.

Posters: Posters for the classrooms are available to inspire the students. OCEC Cross Reference: There are many lessons from the OCEC texts that relate to the theme. A listing is provided.

Using the Theme Throughout the Year: Suggestions for bulletin boards, activities, and other reminders of the theme are provided so the theme may be incorporated into the church school year.

Find the resources you need to implement the Creative Festivals in your Parish at