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Gathering together is an important part of our daily lives and of our faith.

In our Music Resource we will listen to a song which we use whilst we gather together to praise Jesus and our Picture Resource will help us to think of the different gatherings that we are a part of and what is important to us when we gather together.

There are lots of Actions to think about and try out by considering what we do to prepare ourselves when we gather together.

The Video Resource tells how Jesus gave us the Lord’s Prayer so that we all have the right words to say when we gather together as a community to pray.

Finally the Scripture Resource shows that Jesus wanted people to gather with Him and He would not turn the children away.

Think about the gatherings that are special to you and the ways that you can make gatherings special and a way to praise God.

Scripture Bank

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!

Acts 2:46

Psalm 122:1

John 14:3

Mark 10:1

Acts 2:1

Luke 17:21

Hebrews 10:24-25

Matthew 18:20

1 Corinthians 14:26

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Psalm 50:5

Acts 2:42-47

Deuteronomy 31:12-13

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This song is all about gathering together to praise God.

Listen carefully to the words and join in if you know it!

What do you look forward to when you gather with others?

How do you prepare when you gather with others?

Where are some of the special places that you like to gather?

When we gather together we are joining with the people around us to try to follow Jesus’ teaching.

Think about what you can do to be a good disciple of Jesus when you gather with your community.

Click here for the Picture Resource

Look at these pictures of different types of gatherings.
Which is your favourite picture of a gathering?

What is important about a gathering for you?

Why do you think it is important to gather with others?

Gathering together reminds us that we are all part of God’s family.

We come together to share friendship, help each another and to praise God.

Thank you God for giving us the opportunity to gather together.

Help those who cannot be with their friends to feel your love.

Amen.

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When we gather together in church for a special celebration there are things that we do to prepare ourselves.

Try some of the actions below and see if you know why we do them as we gather together.

ShhhhWhen we gather together in a Church we start by making sure that we are quiet when we enter that holy place.

Why do we do this?

Although there are lots of times during our celebrations when we make noise, such as singing and speaking, there are also times when we are very quiet.

We should be quiet when we enter a holy space in case someone is praying because we shouldn’t disturb their time with God. A holy space should be peaceful so that everyone has a chance to think and to pray.

Try to be quiet next time you enter a holy space and take some time to pray in a peaceful place.

 

Sign of the crossFollow the instructions in this picture. What is this action called?

It can be a bit tricky to remember what to do, even though it is a sign that we use every time we gather together so here are some top tips:

Use your right hand.

When you move your hand to your shoulders make sure you go across your body first.

The words are just as important as the actions so don’t forget to say them!

We use the sign of the cross to remind ourselves that Jesus loved us so much that He died for us. Next time you make the sign of the cross remember that you are loved!

 

Have you ever seen something in a church that looks like this picture?

What is it called?

What is inside it?

The picture here shows a holy water stoup which is usually by the entrance to the church.

When people gather together and enter the church they dip their hand into the holy water and make the sign of the cross.

If you have holy water in school try blessing yourselves now. If not you could practise with a cup of water, or make the sign of the cross without the water.

 

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The man in this picture shows a genuflection.

This action shows respect and adoration.

There are two times when this is used:

1. In Church in front of the Tabernacle where the body of Christ is.

2. In front of the cross on Good Friday.

Practise genuflecting by placing your right knee on the floor

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It is not always easy when we gather together as a community because it can be difficult to work with others.

Jesus taught us what to do in the times when we find things difficult and need help.

Jesus teaches that we should pray and ask for help when we need it.

He taught his followers The Lord’s Prayer. Read this prayer below.

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

This prayer is a prayer that everyone can share in because it doesn’t use words like ‘me’ or ‘I’ but instead uses words such as ‘us’ and ‘our’.

This prayer means that we can pray for ourselves and each other using the words that Jesus taught us.

Take some time to think about the things that you would like to pray for and then say the Lord’s Prayer together to pray for your needs and the needs of your community.

Click here for the Scripture Resource

When Jesus was teaching there could be quite a large gathering of people there to listen.

Read the story below and watch the video to see what happened to the children when there were lots of people there to see Jesus.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

(Glory to you O Lord.)

Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples scolded the people.

When Jesus noticed this, he was angry and said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Then he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them, and blessed them.

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

Mark 10: 13, 14, 16

 

Why do you think the disciples tried to turn the children away?

How would you have felt if you were one of the children gathered to see Jesus?

What have you learnt about Jesus from this story?

In this story we are reminded that when we gather together we should be like the little children who wanted to see Jesus, we should be eager to meet with Jesus.

How do you feel when you have the opportunity to pray or to go to Mass? Are you eager to meet Jesus?

Are you patient? Do you take the time to just be with Jesus?

 

Help us Jesus to spend more time with you and to be happy to be with you whenever we can.

Amen.