Challenge

As Christians, we are called to accept the challenge of being Jesus’ disciple.

There are many challenges that come with being a follower of Jesus and having faith and we can look to the inner strength that is given to us by God to meet those challenges head on.

Although challenges come with having faith, our relationship with God can help us through many of life’s challenges as we always have God’s presence and loving nature nearby.

This week think about the challenges you are facing- who you can ask for help? How can your faith support you through these challenges? Also think about the challenges that others are facing during this time and how you can be a supportive neighbour to others.

Click on a different tabs below each day and explore the different resources we will be exploring at home and in school this week! There are enough things to do one for every day and more if you wish!

Preparing a prayer space at home or in your classrooms:

Changing the environment and atmosphere that we are in can really help inspire our prayer. There are many ways you can do this, for example, you could move into a different room, clear a space or put away your work to help you have a clear mindset. You could change the lighting or the way you are sitting to help you feel more relaxed or you could have an object or image to look at or hold to help you focus your prayer. 

Liturgical Colour: Green- Ordinary Time 

We are in the second week of Ordinary Time and therefore the liturgical colour is green. The colour green signifies hope, life and growth and during this time we explore the life and ministry of Jesus and search to follow in his footsteps and grow as a church. (If you have a piece of green paper or piece of fabric like a blanket, pillow case or cloth you could use the fabric for a prayer focus in your classroom or homes)

Bible“All scripture is inspired by God…” Timothy 3:16

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

Candle or electric candle – (you may have a lamp or fairy lights you could use)

A candle reminds us that Jesus brings light to darkness, and Jesus is the light of the world. Just as a candle burns its wick and sacrifices its body to share light, Jesus gave of his body to save us all and bring light to darkness.

Crucifix – For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. John 3:16

The crucifix reminds us the greatest act of love, Jesus’ sacrifice and death that gives us eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week’s Gospel reflection is from Fr Dave!

Let us pray…

God our Father, You are our Creator and the source of our calling to care for others,

Help us to open our hearts to generously help those in need.

Jesus, God the Son, You gave us the ultimate act of care when you offered yourself on the cross to set us free,

Help us to love and serve others as You did and play our part in creating a world of compassion, peace and justice.

God the Holy Spirit, Peace is one of the 12 fruits you give us…

Help us to live and relate to others in a spirit of mutual respect and bless us all so that we maybe become peacemakers.

Amen

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Let’s find out more about what’s happening in the week ahead in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar…

Monday

Join The Briars team with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way.

If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

Tuesday

Tuesday Mornings- P.E with Jesus

Wednesday

Wednesday Evenings Night Prayer at 8pm with The Briars Team- Join us and leave your prayer intentions in the comments as we pray together from our homes every Wednesday evening. 

Thursday

Thursday Mornings – PE with Jesus

Friday

Friday Night Live show – Every Friday Evening

 Get your household together and join the team for special guests, games and challenges, prayer and reflection!

 

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

The 5-Day Prayer Challenge

Day 1 – Headline prayers

Open any newspaper or a magazine and circle a headline. Write or say a prayer for those people who are effected by the events that have taken place.  What do the people need? It could be a number of things:

  • Guidance
  • food
  • shelter
  • love
  • support

Day 2 – Sensory prayers

Think back over your day and thank God for something you can see, smell, touch, hear and taste. What is it?

For example, last week I thanked God for the crunching of leaves as I walked in my back garden, I thanked him for the frosty air on my face, I thanked him for the warmth in my house and the sun shining down.

What did you do today and how can you use it to thank the Lord.

 

Day 3 – Jar of prayers

At the beginning of the day, cut up some pieces of paper and put them in a jar or container from around the house. On the pieces of paper write down either the name of a person who you think needs your families prayers, or a situation you think needs prayers or even something personal you would like help with and you would like your family to remember in their personal prayers.

Let your family know that they can take a piece of paper at any time during the day as a prayer request. You could also ask your family to get involved and add their own prayer requests into the jar.

 

Day 4 – Colouring prayer

Most people think praying means closing your eyes and putting your hands together. But our hands can be busy creating—words of praise to God, scripture that inspires our prayers or pictures of those we’re praying for–while our thoughts are busy talking to God

Take sometime today to get creative and create a prayer for your family that can be stuck up on the fridge or anywhere you can all enjoy seeing and reading!

 

Day 5 – Scripture prayers

A Prayer for the Ephesians

Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Do you know of anyone who is struggling at the moment and needs to be reminded of God’s love for them.  Offer up a prayer from them today…

Dear God,

I pray that ____ (fill in the blank with the name of the person you’re praying for) will have power to understand how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is.

May _______ know God’s love, that’s so huge it’s beyond understanding.

Amen. 

Celebrate completing your five day prayer challenge with a family or household walk as you pray for family and friends.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

As the word of the week is challenge, we challenge you to take part in the game ‘script or scripture’ by watching the video below.

Can you identify whether the quotes are from script (film, book etc.) or scripture!

Let us know in the comments box below how many of the quotes you got correct!

If you have your own script or scripture quote challenge, write them below for others to guess?!

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Although we are facing challenging times, we can still take positive steps and find reasons to be hopeful Rainbow

Join us for #HappierJanuary with daily actions to boost happiness for yourself and others. Let’s get 2021 off to a happier start! Grinning face

We challenge to explore the action calendar for January and see how many you can complete!

actionforhappiness.org/january

Leader/Student: Let us start our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

The Examen Prayer

The Examen Prayer is a wonderful way for us to examine our day, reflect on how we have responded to Our Lord’s call to discipleship and think about how we can respond better Jesus’ calling the following day.

We invite you to find a quiet space to reflect and meditate on this prayer…

I thank God.
I say to the Lord: I am content with what I am and have. Thank you for stars and universes, for mountains and oceans. Thank you for health and home and work, for those I love and those who love me. Thank you that I know Jesus Christ and am his—for the Church, and sacraments, and hope in eternal life. And thank you for this day.

I ask for light.
Let me see myself and my behaviour the way the Holy Spirit has been seeing me, who am God’s splendid creature, adopted and “set free in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).

I look for God in my life.
I ask what I have done for love—love of God, of others, and of myself. If I have decided to change a habit or to grow a virtue, I give myself an account.

I face what’s wrong.
I accept responsibility for what I have done or not done, rejoicing in the good and repudiating the bad. I do not blame circumstances, upbringing, or others.

I determine what to do now.
I see what I can do to love God better, grateful for what Jesus Christ is doing in me. I watch where the Spirit is leading me.

Leader/Student: We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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