Discipleship

The diocesan theme we are reflect upon during the Lent term is ‘Discipleship’.

Being a disciple means following a teacher or a way of life, it’s where we get the word discipline comes from. The word reminds us that to follow Jesus we have to live like him and shape our lives in a way that reflects who he was and what he taught.

Jesus is constantly asking us to be his disciples, his co-workers, in and throughout our daily lives, in our school, our home, our parish, and our wider neighbourhood.

This week we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus which marked the start of Jesus’ active ministry. That ministry went on to change the whole world and today we continue to be called disciples of Jesus.

A disciple is someone who is trying each day to move from a ‘me-centred’ relationship with Christ to one that seeks to hear and respond to what Christ may be asking of them: ‘Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will’ (Psalm 40).

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 

This week we move into Ordinary Time and therefore leave the violet, rose, gold and white of Advent and Christmas behind! (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.

 

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!

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Tuesday Mornings- P.E with Jesus

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 Mornings – PE with Jesus

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Enjoy your lunch with the Briars Team as we discuss food choices and the week that has gone by! 

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.

This video is a bit longer, but a really great watch…it’s been created by a Christian Church and discusses what discipleship is, what it means to be a disciple, what obstacles we face being a disciple and what the scripture says about being a disciple- with lots of insight from different people, from different backgrounds.

  • What’s difficult about following Jesus?
  • What’s good about following Jesus?
  • What qualities do we need/ how can we follow Jesus?

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 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 the next 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 behavior 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.

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 BAPTISM OF OUR LORD- Pray as you go Meditation

Click on the link below which will send you to a website called ‘Pray as you go’

Every day pray as you go do short meditations and reflections on scripture. This week’s Scripture is a reflection on Sunday’s Gospel ‘The Baptism of the Lord’

Find a quiet space if you can, press play and close your eyes…

https://pray-as-you-go.org/player/prayer/2021-01-10 

On Sunday we celebrated the baptism of Jesus.

We’ll try to enter the scene imaginatively. As you listen to the reading from the Gospel of Mark, let something of the scene come to you.

Mark 1:7-11

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark,

Glory to You O Lord

He (John the Baptist) proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ 

Picture the scene: John is in the river Jordan baptising people . . . . . . find yourself somewhere in the crowd . . . . . .

what do you see? . . . . . . and hear?. . . . . . and smell?

… are you in the water or on land? . . . what’s that like? . . . find Jesus amongst the crowd . . .

watch him make his way to John . . . how does he seem to you?

… you see him face to face with John now . . . . . .

watch John lower Jesus down into the water and bring him back up again . . . . . .

what seems to be happening for Jesus?

“You are my Son . . . my Beloved . . . I delight in you”

. . . what does this do in him?

Take your turn to be baptised by John . . . let him lower you into the river and feel the water . . .

. . . let him bring you back up again . . . how is God looking at you? . . . do you hear anything?. . .

Find Jesus again, and sit beside him . . . be with him for a while . . . . . .

We pray…
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 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.

As disciples it is our mission to spread the Word of God and Good News out into the world (which makes us missionary disciples!), but this can feel like a difficult task when we are staying at home or not going out as often as we normally would. However, this is where those windows in our houses come in handy again!

Why not create a poster to give people comfort during this time? Stick it on a window at the front of your house that people will see and you never know how that might help someone when they need it the most!

Your poster could include a prayer, scripture, and inspirational message or signs and symbols of hope!

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 first song we invite you listen to and reflect on this week is called Testify and is by a band called NEEDTOBREATHE. Discipleship is all about witnessing Christ and then spreading that love and Word of God.

Testify- Christians can use the term “to testify” or “to give one’s testimony” to mean “to tell the story of how one became a Christian” and to speak of their relationship with God.

 

This second song is also relevant to Discipleship. It’s by Chris Tomlin and is all about making the choice to follow Christ.

 

Leader/Student: Let us 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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