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This week we are thinking about being sorry.

It is not always easy to be a good friend and to make good choices and sometimes we will make mistakes and we will have to say sorry to others.

We will take some time to think about when we have done something wrong and we will think about what we have to do to be better friends once again.

When we say sorry we must mean it. We must want to start again and want to do something to show others that we will not go wrong again.

As you go through the resources below think about the times that you have apologised to someone and what you could do so that you can be the best of friends with them and with God.

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Listen to the words in this song.

Doc McStuffins – 'Forgive and Forget' – Music Video

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What was your favourite line in this song?

In this song it says it is good to “forgive and forget”.

When we forgive someone we forget about what they did wrong and we are friends again.

Think about what you could do to show that you really have forgiven someone.

Could you play together?

Could you give them a hug?

Could you help them?

If we forgive and forget then we follow what God has asked us to do because we are showing love to one another. This is what Jesus taught us:

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.

(John 13: 34-35)

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grumpy facesClick on the picture to enlarge it.

Try to pull a face like the girls in this picture.

Do you ever use a face like this?

What do you think has happened in this picture?

What do you think the girls in this picture will do next? What should they do next?

Sometimes we feel grumpy and guilty when we have done something wrong so we find it difficult to say sorry because we are embarrassed about what we have done.

As God told the prophet Isaiah:

…if you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon.

(Isaiah 58: 10)

In this piece of scripture from the Bible, God is telling us that if we do good things to show love to other people then we will not be grumpy but instead we will be happy!

Think about a time when you have done something wrong and have pulled a grumpy, sad face.

Talk to God and ask him to help you to do something that will make you and the people that you love happy again.

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For this activity you will need some strips of paper in two colours – white and purple would be great!

purple strips of paper

We have been thinking about being sorry but we first have to think about what we have done that was wrong. For example, we hurt others when we are rude, or mean, or do not share.

Take a purple strip of paper each. On this paper write something that you have done wrong and that has spoilt your relationship with others and with God.

When we do the wrong thing we have turned away from God. It becomes difficult to be friends and to work with others.

Take some time now to pray. Say sorry for what you have done wrong and ask God to forgive you.

Take a white strip of paper and write the words “God’s Love” on it.

It is God’s love for us that means we can always say sorry for what we have done wrong and be forgiven. This means that we can make a fresh start.

God’s love means that the things that we have done wrong no longer separate us from God or from others. St Paul explains this in his letter to the Romans:

For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below – there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:38-39)

Take your pieces of purple paper and make them into a loop (you could use glue or your teacher might staple them together for you!).

Thread a strip of white paper through the purple loop to begin a chain.

Then link your loops of paper with other links in your class. Make sure there is a clear pattern of white, purple, white, purple.

You should now have a beautiful paper chain!

In this chain we can see that even though we have done things that are wrong, God’s love can always unite us and bring us back together. God’s love is present all around the chain and there is nothing big enough to separate us from God’s love.

Take some time to pray to God to thank Him for His mercy and forgiveness.

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to make the right choices and to do the right thing in the future.

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Watch this video of Nellie and Ned.

Learn to Apologise – Good Manners

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Nellie says that we should apologise because it is polite. Why do you think we should apologise when we have done something to hurt others?

Jesus said this in John’s Gospel:

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.

(John 13: 34-35)

If we do what Jesus tells us and show love to each other then we must say sorry when we have done something to hurt others.

We show love by forgiving other people when they have hurt us, just like Nellie forgave Ned after he said sorry for hurting her.

Part of forgiving someone is leaving the bad things behind. When Nellie and Ned were friends again they went outside to play together.

Think about a time when you have hurt someone OR when someone has hurt you and you have had to forgive each other.

Think about how you could leave the bad things behind and become better friends by showing love to each other.

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Today we are going to hear the story about Jesus and Zacchaeus.

Watch the video or read the Scripture story below.

Zacchaeus luke 19

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A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

(Glory to you O Lord)

Jesus went on to Jericho and was passing through. There was a chief tax collector there named Zacchaeus, who was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was a little man and could not see Jesus because of the crowd. So he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus, who was going to pass that way.

When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to Zacchaeus, “Hurry down, Zaccheus, because I must stay in your house today.”

Zacchaeus hurried down and welcomed him with great joy. All the people who saw it started grumbling, “This man has gone as a guest to the home of a sinner!”

Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Listen, sir! I will give half my belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much.”

Jesus said to him, “Salvation has come to this house today, for this man, also, is a descendant of Abraham. The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The Gospel of the Lord

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ)

When we are sorry for doing something wrong we must mean it and we must show that we mean it.

What did Zacchaeus do that showed how sorry he was for what he had done wrong?

Think about how you could show that you mean it when you say sorry.

Could you give your family a hug to say sorry?

Could you give back something extra if you took something that wasn’t yours?

Draw a picture to show what you would do to show that you are sorry.

Try to show that you are really sorry by doing something extra for the people that you have upset.