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There are all kinds of special people in our lives and in our community and we are taking some time this week to think about who they are and what they do.

In our Music Resource some children from Saint Patrick’s School will help us to think about the special people that build our communities.

In our Picture Resource we will look at some of the special people that you might recognise and we will think about the ways that they have tried to be like Jesus through their actions.

This week our Action is a fun game where we get to try out being many different special people and in our Video Resource we will learn a little bit more about a very special person who is the head of our Church community, Pope Francis.

Finally, in our Scripture Resource we remember that we are all special people and that God has an important plan for each of us.

Think about the special people in your life and across your community. Think about who thinks that you are a special person and think about how you can share the love of Jesus with them.

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!

Deuteronomy 7:6

Galatians 3:28

Matthew 5:1-48

1 Peter 2:9-10

Ephesians 2:19

Acts 10:34-35

Matthew 1:1

Luke 10:25-37

Matthew 7:12

Matthew 19:13-15

John 19: 25-27

Luke 6: 12-16

Mark 16: 1-11

Click here for the Music Resource

This week our Music Resource is being provided by some of the children at Saint Patrick’s School who worked with Tom and thought about the special people that are part of a community.

Over the next few months there will be the chance for all of our schools to get involved with the prayer resources so that we can all share something special with the other schools across the Trust.

Listen carefully to the song and join in with the words and the actions as they teach it to you!

Click on the video window to open it in YouTube.

Help us to remember Lord that we are part of a community which is made up of many different special people and that we should try to share love with everyone in our community.

Amen.

Click here for the Picture Resource

Look carefully at the pictures of these special people.

See if you can work out who is who from the names and faces below.

Saint Bernadette

Pope Francis

Saint Mother Teresa

Saint Peter

These people are special because of their actions.

Do you know what they have done/ are doing?

These people have tried to follow the call that Jesus has made to them by trying to act with love towards others.

How could you show love to others through your actions?

Please help us Jesus to be more like you in the actions we take and the words we say.

Amen.

Click here for the Action

This week’s Action Resource is a game that you might usually know as “King of the Jungle”.

Read the instructions below and then enjoy being some of the special people you can think of!

Start by thinking of some special people that you know in your community.

You will need to sit in circles in groups of roughly 10 people.

Each individual needs to choose a character from the community that they will be and an action that represents that person. For example: a teacher, a nurse, a policeman, a priest, a shop worker, a mechanic, a nun, a park warden, a doctor, a pupil. Make sure that you choose sensible actions to represent your community member.

Once you have all decided go around the circle and share your character and your action – listen carefully because you will need to remember them!

Now the game can begin!

Choose someone who will start – they must say who they are and show their action and then they must say the name of another community member and do their action. For example: “I am the policeman (action), and you are the teacher (action)”.

That community member must then say their character e.g. “I am the teacher(action)” and then introduce another community member e.g. “and you are the nurse(action)”.

See if you can get through all the characters in your community without any mistakes or hesitation. Listen carefully because if someone forgets their character then you must start all over again!

(If you find this easy then every time a mistake is made everyone in the circle must move one place to the left and they must take on the new character that was sat in that place!)

As we think of all of the special people that make up our community please help us to appreciate everything that they do to help us and to care for us.

Help each of us to be a good person within the community and to help those who need us.

Amen.

Click here for the Video Resource

One very special person that you will have seen in our Picture Resource is the head of the Church on earth, Pope Francis.

This video is from Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in 2015 and shows how he surprised some children who used to live on the streets and how happy this made them.

There is some loud cheering at the start of the video so don’t have the volume too high!

Do you think it was a good surprise for the children to meet such a special person?

How would you feel if you met Pope Francis?

Would you have anything to say to Pope Francis? Would you ask him any questions?

We are surrounded by lots of special people every day and it is important to appreciate them and to celebrate the joy and happiness that they bring to our lives.

Make it your mission today to tell a special person in your life that they are special to you.

Click here for the Scripture Resource

This week we have been talking about special people in our community and around the world but we also need to remember that we are special people also.

Listen to this scripture which tells the story of when God called the prophet Jeremiah:

A reading from the book of Jeremiah.

The Lord said to me, “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.”

I answered, “Sovereign Lord, I don’t know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say that you are too young, but go to the people I send you to, and tell them everything I command you to say. Do not be afraid of them, for I will be with you to protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

The Word of the Lord.

(Thanks be to God.)

(Jeremiah 1: 4-8)

As the Lord said to Jeremiah, before we were even born God had chosen us for a special job, this makes each and every one of us very special people!

Jeremiah felt afraid when he was told this news but the Lord said that he shouldn’t be worried because he was young. This is the same for you – just because you are in school doesn’t mean that you aren’t important!

God is there to protect us and to help us all the time and we need to be brave and do what God has called us to do.

Help me Lord to remember that I am a special person.

Help young people to be brave and to do the special job that you have for us.

Amen.