Once your students have arrived, invite them to participate in a discussion.
- How have you stayed connected with your friends throughout the last year? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
This past year has been challenging for many reasons, but friendships have sometimes been challenging to maintain through social distancing, learning from home, and COVID-19 restrictions! It can be difficult to connect with friends through technology after a day of online learning.
- What was the most difficult part of maintaining friendships throughout the pandemic? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
- Think of your best friends. Did you click right away or become friends over time? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
- What makes your best friend your best friend? What bonds you together? (Accept all reasonable answers. For some it may be shared interests or experiences; for others it may be qualities such as trustworthiness, kindness, loyalty, or humor; for others it may simply be that they’ve been friends forever.)
Good friends are a gift from God. But God can also be your friend. Even though we can’t see Him, God is with us all the time, and we can draw close to Him as a friend through quality time and conversation.