The Gospel was Matthew 5: 1-12 (the Beatitudes). Funny enough, our 'words' were Gospel and Jesus, so they were both sort of gimmies. :)
Deb came up with this activity from a book of her daughters, where the kids would make their own 'Prayer Books' and 'Mass Books' by cutting out these pages, and we photocopied them, yadda. It didn't turn out as well as hoped, because the copies had lost the page numbers at the bottom, so the kids couldn't figure out which pages were meant to go in what order...we sorted it out, but it took *much* longer than it should have...
The 'random running conversation' of the day was shock and dismay over the fact that I'm 27 and don't have a boyfriend or a husband. *head desk* I'm not even joking. We were working on the books, and M, one of the girls, asked me if I had a boyfriend (I have no idea where this question was meant to go, cause we never got there...), I said no, and then she sort of did that, 'no wait, I meant husband', and I told her no, I wasn't married either. *shock* as the room suddenly falls silent. '*How* old are you Miss Amber?' '27' 'And you don't have a boyfriend? Why not? Have you tried? How about blind dates? Speed dating? (okay, they totally didn't know the term speed dating, but they described it.) *Why* don't you have a boyfriend?' The conclusion they came to is that it's a tragedy, I'm pretty so I need a boyfriend and they can't understand why I haven't got one. You and me both, kids. You and me both.
Another discovery is that we're going to have to go over Genesis, at least briefly. At least one of the boys had *no idea* who Adam and Eve are. Seriously. These kids are 6/7, on up to 12. How do you get to that age, raised in a nominally Christian household, and not have heard those names? I am boggled.
See, here's the thing I really don't get. They boy, J, was asking about angels, and if they really had names. I said yes, they did, but we don't know all of them, because there're so many, and he was talking about a show he'd watched that was talking about angels and their names and the hierarchy, and M asked about the devil, so we were talking about that, and I mentioned Adam and Eve, and J was...'who's Adam?' Soo....his parents let him watch History Channel stuff about Kabbalah and angels, but they don't bother to tell him Genesis? What?