build.plant.grow. is a free faith formation program for schools, parishes, and families. Lesson plans pair scriptural readings with classic children's books to highlight the virtues in the stories. Activities, a case study, and a closing prayer complete the lesson.
Faith formation aims to promote knowledge, character virtues, and life-long spiritual participation. build.plant.grow, which is based on the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church, provides a foundation of exactly what the Liturgical Year of the Church consists, and explanation of those seasons that comprise such a calendar. The program has a Spanish edition.
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce...multiply there and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare, you will find your welfare. - Jeremiah 29:5-7
build.plant.grow. is a faith formation program for people of any age who build, plant, and grow the word in their lives. In our weekly lesson plans we follow threads that pass through the Sunday readings, suggesting how we might live our daily lives as Christians at our best.
Each lesson plan includes references to three Sunday readings and a brief summary of the key ideas in each reading as well as the moral attitude or virtue encouraged. After discussing the First Reading, Second Reading, and the Gospel in the Catholic lectionary, we move to an engaging children's story that exemplifies the virtue using a common routine from children’s lives. Complete texts are available at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Select a date from the Calendar to view the readings in English or Spanish.
Activities, a case study and a closing prayer complete the lesson. Friends are welcome to adapt the lessons for their use across settings and faith traditions.