Kingdom – The Becket (27th – 1st Dec)

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We are in the 34th week of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Green 

The Word of the Week this week is…

Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is a place of peace, justice, and love. It is a place where everyone is welcome and everyone is loved. The Kingdom of God is not a place that we will find on a map, but it is a way of life that we can work towards building in our own lives and in the world around us. Think of one thing you can do to make your community more like the Kingdom of God.

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Acts of Worship

Monday – Year 7 and 8 AOW

Tuesday – Year 9 and 10 AOW

Wednesday – Year 12 and 13 AOW, Y11 JOIN VIRTUALLY PLEASE VIA YOUTUBE

 

 

Y12 and 13 Form Briars Retreat – This Week – Wed 29th – Fri 1st

On Wednesday after school, the 6th form Briars group will be meeting in the chapel to get ready to leave for the Briars. Students will return on Friday by the end of the school day.

The retreat is £80. The trip is called 6th Form Briars Retreat on arbor. If you would like to sign up last minute, please see Ruth Tuesday afternoon – there are still spaces available!

 

Year 10 House Boards Competition

Year 10 tutors – please see the email sent from Ruth with instructions for the year 10 Chapel House Boards. The theme is Advent and the deadline is Tuesday 2nd December!

 

Chaplaincy Team Training Day

A massive thank you to all of the students who were a part of the new chaplaincy team training day on Friday – you were brilliant. All of the staff and visitors involved in the day were so proud of you and were so grateful for your service! We are going to read through your voice and preference sheets in the next couple of weeks and more information will be shared soon regarding the branches and rebranding of the team.

A special thank you to the 6th form team who led and supported our younger students brilliantly, we couldn’t have done the day without you!

 

Youth Mass

Another massive thank you to everyone who attended the Youth Mass at Holy Spirit on Saturday- the Church was full and it was a beautiful and joyful celebration of our young people and the Solemnity of Christ the King! A special thank you to all of the students who led Mass parts – our readers, musicians, singers, greeters and altar servers!

 

Year 8 Philosophy Competition

Year 8 tutors, please view the poster below to find out more about Becket’s Young Philosophers Competition. The deadline is Friday 1st December and there are Amazon gift card vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

 

Youth Act of Worship

If you missed last week’s live streamed Act of Worship please make sure to watch it back. A big thank you to 8B for leading us beautifully!

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This week’s Becket Way theme of the week is…

Trust Bucket

Trust means having confidence in the honesty or reliability of someone. Often young people want more independence from parents and teachers. They want to be less controlled; but this requires trust.

Trust does not just come, it has to be built up over a good period of time. Think of it as a ‘trust bucket’. It is easy to spill, but harder to fill. If it is empty, your parents and teachers will not give up control. You can fill your trust bucket by being honest, working hard, being polite, having good manners, following instructions the first time, not complaining, having good self-control, showing acts of kindness.

Work with your teachers and help build trust so that you can be more independent.

· Share with your tutor group – What does the word mean? Why is it important to how we do things at The Becket? How can you build/loose trust?

· Incorporate it within your conversation with students during lesson or unstructured time.

· Include in any roll call that week.

As always, we start our day in prayer, remembering that we meet in the presence of God.

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

In this video, we trace the origins of the word “gospel” and how it ties the story of the Hebrew Scriptures together with the story of Jesus and his announcement of God’s kingdom. Jesus brought God’s rule and reign to the world in a very upside-down way, which is the best news you could ask for.

 

After you have watched the video, discuss the following questions in your pairs or as a form:

What makes a good king?

What qualities does Jesus show as our king?

How are these qualities different to a ‘typical’ king that we might think of?

 

Let us pray…

God our Father,
We thank you for the gift of your love which you give
to every person in the world. We thank you that
because of your love, we are never alone and should
never feel afraid.
We thank you for the gift of faith which allows us to
know you, one God, three persons. We thank you that
because of that faith, the whole of our lives are
directed to living for other people.
Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our friend and
brother, you show us how to love.
Give us the strength we need, through your Holy Spirit, to live lives of love and
faith. May the world come to know your Son
more and more through our actions and words as we
seek to live lives which help to build your kingdom here on earth.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen

 

Leader/Young person: “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.”

As always, we start our day in prayer, remembering that we meet in the presence of God.

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

Reader 1: Jesus used parables (short stories) to help teach people moral or spiritual lessons. In the Gospels, Jesus tells many parables to help us to understand what the kingdom of heaven was and how we can build the kingdom of heaven here on earth. Matthew’s Gospel explains the Kingdom of God through a series of parables. Read through the parables below and match them to the correct explanations that Jesus used when describing the kingdom of heaven.

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Reader 2: Match a parable with an explanation…

Parable…

The kingdom of heaven is like…

The good shepherd Vineyard workers A wedding feast A dragnet (fishing net)

Explanation…

a) – They sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous.

b) – The landowner then says, “The last will be first and the first will be last.” Those people who consider themselves the most important in the Kingdom of God because of their good deeds will be surprised – this is not how God’s grace works.

c) – “Many are invited but few are chosen”. The Jews believed that because they were God’s chosen people that was all that was required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is open to everyone, not only Jews.

d) – The kingdom of heaven is accessible to all, even those who are sinners or stray from God’s path. Jesus teaches that the shepherd searches high and low for his 1 sheep that goes missing and rejoices in his return.

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Answers:

The good shepherd – The kingdom of heaven is accessible to all, even those who are sinners or stray from God’s path. Jesus teaches that the shepherd searches high and low for his 1 sheep that goes missing and rejoices in his return.

Vineyard workers – The landowner then says, “The last will be first and the first will be last.” Those people who consider themselves the most important in the Kingdom of God because of their good deeds will be surprised – this is not how God’s grace works.

A wedding feast – “Many are invited but few are chosen”. The Jews believed that because they were God’s chosen people that was all that was required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is open to everyone, not only Jews.

A dragnet (fishing net) – They sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous.

How many of the parables did you get correct? 

Reader 3:

The parables teach us that…

The Kingdom of God is a mystery (it grows secretly). It is present in the lives of those who believe. People respond differently to the message of the Kingdom of God. It begins with Jesus’ words and teachings. The Kingdom of God starts small with the individual and increases to include the whole of society. The Kingdom of God is a future reward.

 

Matthew’s message about the Kingdom of God was to be of comfort to the early Christians. He tells them not to give up, their faithfulness will be rewarded.

If you have time, have a go at the crossword below and find the words linking to the Kingdom of Heaven parables!

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Leader/Young person – “Let us bow our heads and pray together…”

Heavenly Father,

We are co-workers with Jesus. We are his body on earth.

May we continue to do small actions with great love to help build the kingdom of heaven and help others to recognise that they are parts of Christ’s body.

Amen.

 

 

Leader/Young person: “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.”

The School Council have been busy campaigning for rental of a three tap, freestanding water machine that provides filtered, chilled water for Becket students. The Council did an excellent job earlier this year at presenting to Trust and School leaders on this issue, making the convincing case that improved water options (and less reliance on purchasing single-use plastic water bottles) would save students and their families money in the long run and decrease Becket’s carbon footprint significantly.

The water machine will be installed as soon as possible in the new year but we have some funds to raise first, and we need your help!

In order to help us cover the cost of the machine, the School Council would like you to share the following fundraising initiatives with your form groups (I will ask for this to be put on Be Inspirational Notices too):

1) Becket Secondhand Book Sale

Please encourage students to bring books from home they have finished with to me in B12 / the English Base this week. The Book Sale* will be in B12 over three lunchtimes next week (Mon 4th Dec – Wed 6th Dec), so please encourage students to attend with some cash to get good deals!

(*This is separate to the LRC book sale, but as they need cash for both, it’s definitely a good idea to plan ahead and bring some money in.)

I am also keen to do a version of this in the staffroom, so any books staff are happy to contribute, please bring in and place on the tables by the soft chairs in the staffroom. I’ll place an honesty box there too for cash donations to the water fund.

2) Becket Christmas Jumper Day 

This will be a festive non-uniform day on Friday 22nd December, with the specific requirement of festive attire! Partial uniform is not needed, on the understanding that they will enter into the spirit of the festive theme and wear clothing appropriate for school, so please emphasise this to form groups.

I will provide class lists and plastic wallets for form tutors to collect the £1 contributions before the final day, to ensure we raise as much as possible before the event. As tutors gather money, you can give it to me or put it in my tray in the staffroom and I will add it to the total and take it to the office.

3) ‘Becket Hydrates’ fund on Arbor

Parents have received communication about the Council’s work on this and have the option to make a contribution on Arbor; please remind students this is an extra way to contribute.

Thanks in advance for promoting these events. There will be posters going up this week and also in tutor wallets for form group boards.

 

The School Council have been busy campaigning for rental of a three tap, freestanding water machine that provides filtered, chilled water for Becket students. The Council did an excellent job earlier this year at presenting to Trust and School leaders on this issue, making the convincing case that improved water options (and less reliance on purchasing single-use plastic water bottles) would save students and their families money in the long run and decrease Becket’s carbon footprint significantly.

The water machine will be installed as soon as possible in the new year but we have some funds to raise first, and we need your help!

In order to help us cover the cost of the machine, the School Council would like you to share the following fundraising initiatives with your form groups (I will ask for this to be put on Be Inspirational Notices too):

1) Becket Secondhand Book Sale

Please encourage students to bring books from home they have finished with to me in B12 / the English Base this week. The Book Sale* will be in B12 over three lunchtimes next week (Mon 4th Dec – Wed 6th Dec), so please encourage students to attend with some cash to get good deals!

(*This is separate to the LRC book sale, but as they need cash for both, it’s definitely a good idea to plan ahead and bring some money in.)

I am also keen to do a version of this in the staffroom, so any books staff are happy to contribute, please bring in and place on the tables by the soft chairs in the staffroom. I’ll place an honesty box there too for cash donations to the water fund.

2) Becket Christmas Jumper Day 

This will be a festive non-uniform day on Friday 22nd December, with the specific requirement of festive attire! Partial uniform is not needed, on the understanding that they will enter into the spirit of the festive theme and wear clothing appropriate for school, so please emphasise this to form groups.

I will provide class lists and plastic wallets for form tutors to collect the £1 contributions before the final day, to ensure we raise as much as possible before the event. As tutors gather money, you can give it to me or put it in my tray in the staffroom and I will add it to the total and take it to the office.

3) ‘Becket Hydrates’ fund on Arbor

Parents have received communication about the Council’s work on this and have the option to make a contribution on Arbor; please remind students this is an extra way to contribute.

Thanks in advance for promoting these events. There will be posters going up this week and also in tutor wallets for form group boards.

 

 

Prayer Journals

Leader/Young person: “We enter into a time of prayer as we make the Sign of the Cross.”

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

During his ministry, Jesus constantly speaks about the Kingdom of God. Jesus uses lots of metaphors and symbolism in his teachings to help us to understand the beauty and peace that is God’s kingdom, we hear the kingdom of heaven being described as a mustard seed, hidden treasure, a wedding feast and much more throughout the scripture.  We believe that God’s Kingdom is a place of justice and peace and that we are called to help build up that Kingdom here on earth.

Please turn to the ‘Kingdom’ pages in your prayer journals. On one of the pages we would like you to draw or write your idea of the Kingdom of God.

How do you imagine God’s Kingdom to be?

What can you see, hear, smell, touch?

Who is there?

What does it feel like to be there? 

How can we build God’s kingdom here on earth?

As you create your ideas of the Kingdom of God, listen to the song below ‘Build your kingdom here’ by Rend Collective:

 

 

Let us pray…

Loving God,
Awaken within us our calling to be a living witness of your love in the world today.
Open our eyes, so that we may see that no one is beyond the reach of love.
Open our hearts so that we reach out in love to all those in need.
And open our minds, so we understand that the love you have for us is:
a love that protects,
a love that hopes and
a love that trusts,
and a love that will never fail, no matter what.
And may we be witnesses of this love,
so that we too can help transform our world to be a
reflection of the Kingdom of God today.
Amen.

Leader/Young person: “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.”

The School Council have been busy campaigning for rental of a three tap, freestanding water machine that provides filtered, chilled water for Becket students. The Council did an excellent job earlier this year at presenting to Trust and School leaders on this issue, making the convincing case that improved water options (and less reliance on purchasing single-use plastic water bottles) would save students and their families money in the long run and decrease Becket’s carbon footprint significantly.

The water machine will be installed as soon as possible in the new year but we have some funds to raise first, and we need your help!

In order to help us cover the cost of the machine, the School Council would like you to share the following fundraising initiatives with your form groups (I will ask for this to be put on Be Inspirational Notices too):

1) Becket Secondhand Book Sale

Please encourage students to bring books from home they have finished with to me in B12 / the English Base this week. The Book Sale* will be in B12 over three lunchtimes next week (Mon 4th Dec – Wed 6th Dec), so please encourage students to attend with some cash to get good deals!

(*This is separate to the LRC book sale, but as they need cash for both, it’s definitely a good idea to plan ahead and bring some money in.)

I am also keen to do a version of this in the staffroom, so any books staff are happy to contribute, please bring in and place on the tables by the soft chairs in the staffroom. I’ll place an honesty box there too for cash donations to the water fund.

2) Becket Christmas Jumper Day 

This will be a festive non-uniform day on Friday 22nd December, with the specific requirement of festive attire! Partial uniform is not needed, on the understanding that they will enter into the spirit of the festive theme and wear clothing appropriate for school, so please emphasise this to form groups.

I will provide class lists and plastic wallets for form tutors to collect the £1 contributions before the final day, to ensure we raise as much as possible before the event. As tutors gather money, you can give it to me or put it in my tray in the staffroom and I will add it to the total and take it to the office.

3) ‘Becket Hydrates’ fund on Arbor

Parents have received communication about the Council’s work on this and have the option to make a contribution on Arbor; please remind students this is an extra way to contribute.

Thanks in advance for promoting these events. There will be posters going up this week and also in tutor wallets for form group boards.

 

Leader/Young person: “Let us begin 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.”

An Introduction to Advent

On Sunday, we start a new season and a new Liturgical Year with the first Sunday of Advent – exciting times! On Sunday, at Mass, you will notice a change of Liturgical colour, as well as the return of some Advent signs and symbols. Advent is a time of preparation as we get ready for not only Jesus’ Birthday on Christmas Day but we are reminded that we are always getting ready and prepared for Jesus’ second coming.

In pairs or threes, have a piece of plain or scrap paper at the ready to take part in this morning’s Advent pub quiz!

Answers will be marked at the end!

 

Question 1

What day of the week does Advent always start with?

 

Question 2

What is the Liturgical colour for Advent?

 

Question 3

What are the four themes that make up the four weeks of Advent? AND can you put the themes in order?

 

Question 4

Can you draw and label an Advent Wreath with colours, meaning and number the order in which the candles are lit? Remember everything has a meaning on an Advent Wreath!

 

Question 5

The Liturgical colour changes in week 3 of Advent, what colour is the third week of Advent?

 

Question 6

In the Gospels, who announces that Jesus the saviour is coming and we need to prepare the way for the Lord?

 

Question 7

Who visited Mary to reveal that she would be the mother of God?

 

Question 8

What season follows Advent?

 

ANSWERS

ANSWERS

Question 1

What day of the week does Advent always start with?

Sunday (the date changes but Advent always starts on a Sunday)

 

Question 2

What is the Liturgical colour for Advent?

Advent is the start of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church.
The liturgical colour for Advent is purple – a colour of both penance and of royalty.

 

Question 3

What are the four themes that make up the four weeks of Advent? AND can you put the themes in order?

There are 4 weeks of Advent and each focus on a different theme:
Week 1—Hope
Week 2—Peace
Week 3—Joy (Gaudete)
Week 4—Love

 

Question 4

Can you draw and label an Advent Wreath with colours, meaning and number the order in which the candles are lit? Remember everything has a meaning on an Advent Wreath!

There are 5 candles on the Advent Wreath. Four of the candles represent the 4 weeks of Advent and together they symbolise the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Saviour.

1st Week of Advent, purple candle for Hope

2nd Week of Advent, purple candle for Peace

3rd Week of Advent, pink candle for Joy

4th Week of Advent, purple candle for Love

Christmastide, 1 white candle for Jesus

All 5 candles are on the Advent Wreath throughout the whole of Advent but they are only lit when we have reached that point in Advent. As the light grows it reminds us that the Light of Christ is coming into the world.

The bottom of the wreath is made from holly, ivy and red berries and is in the shape of a circle. The circle shows the everlasting life found in Christ.

The green of the evergreen plants show that God’s love is always with us and signify continuous life.

The red berries represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.

 

Question 5

The Liturgical colour changes in week 3 of Advent, what colour is the third week of Advent?

Pink! Joy Week, also known as Gaudete. We are over half way on our journey through Advent!

 

Question 6

In the Gospels, who announces that Jesus the saviour is coming and we need to prepare the way for the Lord?

John the Baptist!

 

Question 7

Who visited Mary to reveal that she would be the mother of God?

The angel Gabriel

 

Question 8

What season follows Advent?

Christmastide! In the Catholic Church, we celebrate 12 days of Christmas.

Christmas Day to the feast of the Epiphany. 

 

How many did you get right? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Leader/Young person: “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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