Is your RCIA open all year-round? Ditching the videos and PowerPoints

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  1. I enjoy interaction with the seekers – hearing their input gives me an idea of what they understand and some of the questions they ask can be a challenge. keeping a relaxed atmosphere and simple discussion creates a great environment for learning – I love the way Jesus taught by telling stories

  2. You may be interested on a current experience I m having with an enquirer who is Iranian and speaks Farsi. His English is limited but improving, and my farsi is non-existent. We have been looking at Gospel stories of Jesus- birth, death, resurrection over an extended period of about 10 months. As may be imagined any complex explanations are impossible. I have been setting him a passage to read in his Farsi bible each week. When we meet on Sunday, I read it in English and we talk about it. Recently we looked at the Road to Emmaus. Then I showed him a short video in English of the same reading. When we got to the disciples sitting down to break bread, there was light-bulb moment of connection with his experience of seeing people receive communion — “the bread” in his words. I was delighted! We then went on to talk about Jesus presence in the Eucharist.

  3. We tried using video presentations a couple of years ago. We would show the video, ask the group if they had any questions. They would say “no” and that would be the end of our class. About halfway through the year we abandoned the videos. We realized that we were not making personal connections with the group and we were not getting to know them.
    When we went back to the personal teachings, the group, team, Cathechumens, Candidates grew closer together and became a very close, tight knit group.

  4. We use powerpoints and videos as the to present the main ideas to discuss for the session. This will lead into small group discussions with the sponsors where the sponsors will need to faciliate the sharing. I find that it is important to have the powerpoint/video sessions to place everyone on the same page for the discussion otherwise everyone will be starting from different perspective. The quality of facilitating will be crucial, thank God that we always have a lively discussion more often than not.

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