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We often give up things for Lent but fasting is not just about going without chocolate. It’s about going without something you don’t need to focus on the things you do. You might fast from watching TV or going on your phone and spend more time with your family and friends. What can you give up for lent that will help you understand the really important things in your life?

This week is also Lenten Fundraising. It’s a time to help those people in need and we could perhaps bring some of the money we’ve saved by fasting to help those people at Emmanuel House and in Bunkpurugu.

Make sure you use the last moments of each morning to come together in prayer, starting and finishing with the Sign of the Cross and reflecting on what your discussions mean for you today. You could also take the opportunity to share the situations and people that need your prayers this week with each other.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As the girls challenged you to do this morning; think about what you could give up to make some time for something a bit more important this week!

Lord, help us to go without so others can have what they need. Amen

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Does fasting make a real difference during Lent?

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This afternoon is Lenten fundraising. It’s about making sacrifices to help others. Check this out:

Your money today will make a really difference to peoples lives. It starts with a sacrifice and ends with the world being a better place.

Spend a few minutes in silence thinking about what you’re doing today. Think about how much fun you’ll have and how your joy will actually bring joy to the people we will help.

Lord, help us to have a fantastic Lenten fundraising. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Understanding the people we will help is a way of understanding what Lenten fundraising is all about. The money we raise is not just for feeding mouths but for feeding minds.

Before we embark on our activities let’s pray together.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As always we take time to listen to a reading of Sunday’s Gospel to help us reflect on what God is saying to us. Watch this animation of this week’s scripture – what is it saying to us?

Take some time to think about what God is saying to you.

Lord, help us to listen to your word and hear your voice in our lives. Amen