Happy new year! Welcome back to 2016 – hopefully you had a brilliant holiday and you’re still enjoying a brilliant Christmas. Whilst our trees may be put away and the festive season might seem like a distant memory – it’s still Christmastide in the church – until Wednesday that is! That means it’s still time for rejoicing, sharing love and celebrating the birth of Jesus.
On Wednesday we remember another important feast – the feast of the Epiphany. This is the day we remember the visit of the ‘Wise Men’ or ‘Magi’ to the newborn baby Jesus bearing the now famous gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This feast is the reason we give our own gifts at Christmas and the story which we know so well continues to be an example to us of generosity, kindness and right judgement.
This year is also a special year in the Church – The Year of Mercy. You might have heard about it before we broke up – and you’ll certainly hear about it this coming year in school. It’s an amazing opportunity for our church to show the kindness and generosity of the Wise Men to those in need and to make a real difference in the world. As we are inspired to give this week by the story of the Epiphany let’s think about the things people actually need and the things we can do to really make a difference to people’s lives.
The ‘Word of the Week’
Those who commit terrorism deserve mercy not retribution – discuss!
Each day you’ll be able to see what other people are thinking in the other forms and have a chance to respond with your thoughts/comments. Come back to the discussion each morning if you can!
What is mercy to you?
In your planner – on a Monday this term – write down your definition and a reminder to come to the chapel and capture your ideas on film. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy being on camera – still write your definition anyway!
Each day when you’ve finished your discussion/activities spend a few moments in silence to think about the day ahead.
If anybody has anything or anyone they would like to pray for then don’t be afraid to share this with everyone before your end your form time AoW.
You might even want to create a prayer box that you can put intentions into each week if you don’t feel like saying it out loud.