YOUR AT-HOME SUNDAY SCHOOL TIME
for the week beginning May 24th
This is Ann, your Sunday School teacher at First-St Andrew’s United Church. This week I was watching the many animals and birds that live in my back year! I saw two ground hogs and some rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels. I also saw blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, robins and woodpeckers. The birds like to eat seeds from my bird feeder. Do you have a bird feeder in your back yard? Have you seen any butterflies or bees? With the help of your older brother or sister, Mom or Dad, see how many animals, birds and insects you can name that are living in your back yard? Planting trees and flowers and having a bird feeder is one way to help look after God’s many animals, that live in our back yard.
CAN WE LOOK AFTER THE ANIMALS ON THE EARTH?
Three weeks ago, we learned how God created the oceans, lakes and rivers, the plants and all the many different types of animals. God wants us to look after our planet Earth, and, in particular, the animals that live on earth with us. It is important that we share the earth with the many different mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
An animal is AT RISK or ENDANGERED when there are not very many of them living on the earth. Did you know that there are over 200 ENDANGERED animals in Canada? Some of these AT RISK and ENDANGERED animals are pictured on the left. How sad it would be if these beautiful animals were no longer on the earth! By having clean water and air, oceans, and forests where the animals can safely live, we can help look after Gods animals.
This week I thought you might like to watch the two videos on the left side of the panel. The second video describes some animals in Canada which are AT RISK and ENDANGERED.
Beluga whales live in the Arctic Ocean, which is why they are white, to match the snow and ice in the ocean where they live. They can live for 30 years. Belugas are extremely sociable whales, and they live together in groups or ‘pods’ of ten or more whales. With the earth warming, melting the ice and snow in the Arctic, and people on earth polluting the oceans, Beluga whales are considered AT RISK.
Print off the Beluga Whale puppet sheet on white paper
Cut out the Beluga shape
Fold in ½
Colour the whale with a white crayon. Amazingly, the Beluga whale is white-the only white whale on earth!
Glue the two sides of the whale together, and glue a popsicle stick in between
I hope this Beluga puppet reminds you that we must make sure we share the water, air and the land with all of God’s animals, and keep them clean, so we can all be healthy while living together!
I hope your Mom/Dad has some goldfish crackers in the house. Have some goldfish crackers when you are doing your craft.
I will email you again next week with another Church School lesson and story.