Moses was given 10 Commandments in the Old Testament which are rules that we should all try to keep.
Jesus said that the two most important rules are: to love God and to love each other.
As you think about rules this week try to spot whether the rules in our lives match the rules that Jesus taught us.
If we break the rules it is important that we say sorry and try to make a fresh start. Jesus taught us to forgive others so if they do something wrong and say sorry for upsetting us then we should forget the past and be friends again. If we keep these rules about forgiveness then we will keep the rules that Jesus taught us about love.
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A man asked Jesus which of the Commandments was the most important, Jesus replied:
“The most important one is this: ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.”
(Mark 12: 29-31)
We love God by saying that we are sorry when we have done wrong, and by forgiving other people when they have done something wrong.
A time when we show great strength and use our mind, heart and soul is when we are singing!
Listen to this song and try to join in.
This song is all about loving God and celebrating how wonderful God is. Try to remember to thank God for the amazing world that we live in – singing along with this song is a good way to start!
You could use this song during Liturgies or during Mass.
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Choose one of the pictures below which shows how you feel about rules. Read the caption underneath the picture too!
Jesus taught us that the biggest rule that we have to keep is to:
…love one another, just as I love you.
This rule means that we can all feel special and feel loved.
Although rules can be tricky to keep they do keep us safe, give us freedom and teach us to love each other.
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One person will need to stand at the front to give the instructions. (It might help to think about dance moves and actions!)
If the game leader says “Do This” you must copy them. Try this now.
However, if the game leader says “Do That” you must not copy them! Just stay still or continue with the last action you were doing.
Have a practice and then try playing the game.
That game is a lot of fun and it only has two rules.
Sometimes even following just 2 rules can be difficult, we can be confused by others or we do not listen carefully to what we have been told to do.
We should try to listen carefully to what God has asked us to do and to keep his rules to love each other.
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The children have been on their school holidays and are trying to remember the Schools Rules.
You could pause the video as you watch and see if you can get the right answers before Peter, Chris and Dee do!
All the rules that the children discussed are very important because if we keep those rules we are showing love and respect for others around us, just as Jesus taught us to.
Your teacher could be the Game Show host or maybe someone in your Class could be brave and ask the questions.
Each person or group in the Class should invent one question for the Game Show.
Your questions could be about rules in school or rules that we have heard about in the Bible.
You could even go into another Class in KS1 and ask them your questions!
Here are some rules from the Bible that you could ask people questions about:
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This week’s scripture is from a letter. The letter was written by Saint Paul to a group of people called the Colossians. Paul’s job was to tell the Colossians about Jesus and tell the Colossians how Jesus wants people to live.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Colossians.
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.
The word of the Lord.
Look at the words in bold.
These are the things that St Paul told the Colossians that they must do. These are the rules that he gave them.
Draw a picture to show how we can behave as St Paul taught us to. Write your word at the top of your picture.
Try to use these rules in your lives everyday.