There are thousands and thousands of books in the world but this week we will be thinking about a special collection of 73 books which make the Bible!
In the Music Resource we will learn the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament and then we will hear a catchy song which will help us to learn the books in the New Testament.
The Picture Resource gives us a test to see if we can work out which books some of our favourite Bible stories are from.
Our Action will be to create our very own books which tell our story with Jesus and our Video Resource will give us an opportunity to think about what the Bible is and how we describe it.
Finally, the Scripture Resource reminds us that Jesus read some of the very same books as we read today and reminds us of our Mission to tell the truth about the Bible to others, even if we find it a bit scary!
The Bible is a big book so this week try to explore it and read a new story that you haven’t heard before. Listen to the Word of God and tell your friends and family the great messages that it holds inside.
If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to this topic then you can use some of the scripture references below.
Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Just remember to change the Bible translation to ‘Good News Translation’ when you click on the link!
If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them!
The word Bible means “collection of books” and the Catholic Bible is a collection of 73 books.
These books can be split into 2 sections:
1. The Old Testament – which is made of the promises that God made with His chosen people before Jesus
2. The New Testament – which is the promise made between God and all peoplethrough Jesus.
To help us to learn more about some of the books of the Bible listen to these songs and see how many of the books you recognise.
Can you remember any of the books from the songs?
Do you know which books are the 4 Gospels?
Next time you hear a reading in a Liturgy or during Mass see if you know whether it is from the Old Testament or the New Testament and think about what this means about the scripture that the book is from.
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This week we have some pictures of Bible stories for you to look at, all you need to do is to work out which of the books of the Bible these stories come from by using the list below.
8. The wise men travelled to visit Jesus – Matthew 2
9. Jesus washes the feet of the disciples – John 13
10. Pentecost – Acts 2
All these wonderful stories just go to show what an amazing book the Bible is.
If there were any stories that you didn’t know make it your mission to go and find out more about them so that you can enjoy even more books of the Bible!
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Reading books and learning about the stories inside them can be very exciting and can be a great way to understand other people.
This week your activity is to make your own book all about your story with Jesus.
The following instructions are guidelines, if you have lots of things to put inside your story you could make a book with more pages and you could add a cover to your book.
Start by taking an A4 piece of paper and folding it in half. (It can be white paper or coloured paper.)
Create your cover page by writing:
My Story with Jesus
Draw a picture of a you on the front cover.
Inside your book you need to tell the reader about your life with Jesus so far.
You could draw a picture of a special time you have shared with Jesus, it might be your baptism, it might be during Mass, it might be during a Liturgy, or it might be when you have felt the love of Jesus through words or actions.
You could add some writing to your story with Jesus. You might start your sentences by saying:
I shared a special time with Jesus when…
Jesus is my friend because…
I know Jesus loves me because…
The best thing I know about Jesus is…
Your story with Jesus is not over yet, Jesus will be with you all the way through your life so to finish your book write a prayer asking Jesus to help you with the next part of your story together.
You might want to ask for help with praying, or being brave when you tell others that Jesus is your friend, you could ask for your friends and family to be closer to Jesus so that they can share their story too.
When you have finished your books think about who you want to share them with.
They could go on a display in your classroom of they could be taken home to share with your families. Perhaps you could go into other classes and read your stories to the other children.
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These children were asked the question “what is the Bible?” Listen carefully to the answers that they give and see if you agree.
Do you agree with the answers that the children gave?
What do you know about the Bible?
What do the Bibles you have seen look like?
Can you name any of the books that are in the Bible?
What is your favourite story from the Bible? Do you know which testament or book it is from in the Bible?
Thank you Lord for giving us the Bible with all of its stories and advice.
Help us to understand your Word.
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We know that the books of the Bible are very special to us but many of them were also very special to Jesus.
In this scripture story we will hear how Jesus went to his home town of Nazareth and read from the book of Isaiah (a book that is from our Old Testament). When He read it He told the people that the scripture had come true (because He was the Messiah) but they did not understand or believe him so they were cross.
Read the story and watch the video below.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
(Glory to you O Lord.)
Then Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath he went as usual to the synagogue. He stood up to read the Scriptures and was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.”
Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him, as he said to them, “This passage of scripture has come true today, as you heard it being read.”
They were all well impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that he spoke. They said, “Isn’t he the son of Joseph?”
The Gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)
Luke 4: 16-22
To watch this video without the introduction start at 1:13.
How does it make you feel to know that you are reading some of the same special books that Jesus read when He was your age?
How do you think you would feel if you heard Jesus reading the scriptures to you?
The Bible is the Word of God so we should listen to the important messages it gives us and try to do what God is asking of us.
Please help us Jesus to recognise the truth in the words that we hear.