After a break from school we are now back, ready to continue our school journey. We will be thinking about different types of journeys this week, how we can prepare for them and how God will help us on our way.
Our Music Resource will get us thinking about the advice that God has given us for the journeys that we take.
This week’s Picture should still be in our minds from the celebrations over the weekend and we will think about the gifts that we bring forth to Jesus.
There is a test of our memory in our Action this week as we think abut what we would need to take with us on a journey.
As it is the start of a New Year the Video Resource is helping us to think about the promises we will make and the goals we want to achieve as we journey throughout 2018. Will you be able to show love to others as Jesus has asked us to?
Finally, we will take some time away from all of our busy journeys to stop and think about the wonderful world that God has created for us. We will focus on the sky and the amazing things that it holds before completing some activities that help us to celebrate that.
All year we will be on our journey throughout life so take some time this week to think carefully about what you want your journey to be like and what sort of person you want to be on that journey.
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!
Listen to this song about how we go about our journeys – join in if you know the song!
When we are going on a journey people often give us advice to help us along the way.
What advice have you been given before you go on a journey?
Did someone tell you the way to go?
Did someone tell you what to take on your journey?
Did someone tell you what to expect when you got there?
Did you try to be like Jesus on your journey?
Did you see Jesus in others as you met people along your journey?
God is always there with us whatever journey we take, big or small.
In the book of Isaiah where it explains how God will bless His people it says:
If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.”
This is the advice that God gives us and that we can follow. God will always be with us and even if we go the wrong way God will welcome us back to Him.
Thank you God for taking care of us and being with us.
Please help us when we do not know the right way to go.
Click here for the Picture Resource
It might already seem like a long time ago but can you work out what is happening in this picture?
What animals can you see in the picture?
Who is riding on them?
How do they know which way to go?
Do you think they have any gifts with them?
Who are they going to see and give gifts to?
Read this scripture from Matthew’s Gospel to see if you are right:
And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshipped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.
Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.
(Matthew 2: 9-12)
Jesus brought hope, peace, joy and love to the world.
Think about what gifts you could give to Jesus. Not just precious things such as gold but gifts of love, your talents and your hard work.
Share you ideas with others so you can start to give your gifts to Jesus today.
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If we are going on a long journey then we may have a long list of things that we need to take with us.
Think about the things that you would want to take on a journey with you.
It could be a faith journey, an outdoor journey or even a journey to a friend’s house.
To help us to remember all the things that we need to take for our journeys we are going to play a game, you may have played something like it before.
Going around the group everyone needs to start by saying:
“I went on a journey and I took with me…”
Then each person must come up with something that they need to bring on the journey.
Try to keep the items in alphabetical order for example:
“I went on a journey and I took with me…an apple (as a snack), a bike (to ride on), a camera (to take pictures)…”
See how long you can make the list and see how good you are at remembering what you need for your journey.
Please help us Lord to remember the important things for our journeys and to remember that you will be with us to help us wherever we go.
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Watch this video where children talk about their New Year’s Resolutions
A New Year’s Resolution is a special promise that we make at the start of a new year which we try to keep during our journey throughout the year.
Which promise, or goal, did you think was the best from the video?
Have you made any promises that you are going to try to keep this year?
This scripture from John’s Gospel reminds us of the promise that Jesus makes with us, that He would send the Holy Spirit to help us in everything that we do.:
“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you.
(John 14: 15-17)
Jesus promises to give us help and all that we have to do in return is to keep Jesus’ commands.
Jesus told us to love our neighbour and if we can do that then we are keeping our promise with Jesus.
Help us Jesus to keep our promise with you.
Help us to be good people in this new year and to love others.
Click here for the Scripture Resource
Before we set off on a journey it is important to think about where we will be journeying and the world that God has created for us.
Read this Psalm which describes God’s glory in creation.
How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory! How plainly it shows what he has done! Each day announces it to the following day; each night repeats it to the next. No speech or words are used, no sound is heard; yet their message goes out to all the world and is heard to the ends of the earth. God made a home in the sky for the sun; it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom, like an athlete eager to run a race. It starts at one end of the sky and goes across to the other. Nothing can hide from its heat.
(Psalm 19: 1-6)
Think about the amazing things that you can see in the sky and see how many ideas you can come up with. These can be at night or in the day, creatures or even things that humans have put in the sky.
Whatever journeys we take the sky still holds all of these wonderful things and we don’t always take the time to look at it and to enjoy the beauty in it.
Think of a way that you can celebrate the wonderful sky and world that God has created for us to journey in.
You might like to create a beautiful sky for your classroom ceiling which shows some of the things that you discussed earlier.
You might like to go outside and watch the clouds go by and see what shapes you can spot.
You could draw a special picture of the night sky and see the shapes of the stars and the size of the moon.
Thank you Lord for the wonderful world that we live in.
Help us to appreciate everything that you have given us and to take care of it.