An adapted process, Lectio Divina in Community, is a wonderful tool for reflecting upon the Scriptures with children. For children, it is suggested that passages be chosen which have a setting, characters and plot.
1. The teacher or a strong reader reads the Scripture passage reflectively. Students are asked to listen for a word or a phrase that strikes them. After the reading, they are invited to share this word or a few words with the class. The word/s might be the same or different to the word/s of another student. [The process is voluntary, so if a student does not wish to voice a word, they can say “pass.”] The first time the text is read, students are not asked to comment on why those words appealed to them. They simply ‘enter’ the text by expressing a word.
2. The passage is read a second time. After this reading, students are asked to express a word or phrase that strikes them (it can be the same word as the first time or a different one) and to say why. This time, students are taken to a deeper level of reflection.
3. Students can then be invited to share how their understanding of this passage could influence their life today. They might also express their interaction with the Scripture through journaling or artwork. The session concludes with a prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer or Glory Be.
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