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dreamingtogether-288x300Over the last few weeks we have been thinking about how the world was created, the treasures that were made in it and the neighbours that we have all over the world.

This week we are thinking about how our Church has spread all over the wonderful world that God created.

We will be thinking about our Christian family across the world, praying for them, singing about them and thinking of ways to spread our Church and the message of Good News even further across the world!

Even though thinking about the huge world which we live in might make us feel very small we each have a part to play.

If many people do lots of small actions we can make a huge difference!

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We are all part of a Universal Church. This means that there are people all over the world that care for us, pray for us and love us.

This is something to celebrate!

As it says in St Paul’s letter to the Romans

In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.

(Romans 12:5)

This means that we are all part of God’s family and God will love us, protect us and guide us in our lives.

Listen to this song and create some cool moves to show that we are celebrating having a huge family that loves us all over the world.

There is 30 seconds for the introduction so you could begin with a quick role play or action that gets everyone involved in joining in with the song.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsLBEjN9mUE

Thank you Lord for making us a part of your family across the world.

We thank you for the love that we are shown and ask that we can share this with our brothers and sisters.

Amen.

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Have a look at these pictures of St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham.
Now look at these pictures of the Cathedral of St Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

 

These are two Cathedrals that are on the other side of the world from each other.

They look very different at first but what things can you see that are the same for both Cathedrals?

Although we celebrate our faith all over the world with different colours, different languages and different songs we know that we are all celebrating the same love of God as we worship.

No matter where we come from in the world we are all part of the same Church. We all have the job of spreading the good news and we are all loved and cared for by God.

Lord, even though we are all different in many ways please help us to remember that we are all loved by you.

Help us to show love and mercy to everyone we meet, wherever they are from in the world and no matter how different we are.

Amen.

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Today we are going to take some time to think about and pray for all the people in our Church around the world.

We are going to use a different style of prayer called the “Hands Prayer”.

Work through the instructions and refer to the picture below for help.
We will start together by making the sign of the cross.

Put one of your hands out in front of you. Look at your hand.

We use our hands all the time, to eat, to play, to work and to help others.

Jesus used his hands to help others by healing them:

After sunset all who had friends who were sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus; he placed his hands on every one of them and healed them all.

(Luke 4: 40)

There are people all over the world who need our help so today we are going to use our hands to pray for those people.

 

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We will start by using our thumb.

Our thumb is the closest digit to our bodies so we will start by praying for those who are closest to you.

Think about your friends and family and say a prayer for them.

You might like to share your prayer with others or just close your eyes and speak only to God.

Take a few moments to do this now.

 

The next finger is your index finger.

This finger is usually the one which you point with and explain to people how to do things.

Let’s think about those people who teach us and help us. Say a prayer for your parents, your teachers, your sports instructors, swimming teachers and all of the people who help you to learn.

You might like to share your prayer with others or just close your eyes and speak only to God.

Take a few moments to do this now.

 

Our middle finger is the tallest finger.

Take some time to think about the big important people in our lives, those who lead us.

Say a prayer for the politicians, governors, headteachers and priests who have authority and lead us in our lives.

You might like to share your prayer with others or just close your eyes and speak only to God.

Take a few moments to do this now.

 

The fourth finger  is the weakest finger.

There are many people in our world who feel weak. They might be sick, or have lots of worries.

Pray for those people who are weak, think about those who need help and ask God to take care of them.

You might like to share your prayer with others or just close your eyes and speak only to God.

Take a few moments to do this now.

 

The last finger is your little finger.

When we think about all the other people and prayers in the world it can make us feel very small but we must still remember to pray for ourselves.

Think about the things that you need help with in your life and ask God to guide you.

You might like to share your prayer with others or just close your eyes and speak only to God.

Take a few moments to do this now.

 

Even though the people you have prayed for might be thousands of miles away you have used your hands to help them today.

Try to always use your hands for good and to help others.

Let us bring all of our prayers together by saying a prayer that is said all over the world:

Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be they 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.

We will end our prayer today by making the sign of the cross.

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We are part of a Church that has people all over the world. Just as they love us and pray for us we have to love them and pray for them.

There are people all over the world who are not as lucky as we are in the UK. They don’t always have clothes to wear, they aren’t always allowed to go to school, they might not even have clean water to drink.

So what can we do about it?

Watch this video where the Kid President thinks about issues in our world.

The video can be stopped at 3 minutes.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z7gDsSKUmU

The Kid President talked about different ways that people think about the world, how do you think about it?

The Kid President tells us that the world is changed by ordinary people – little people living out big love!

In the video we saw some ideas of how we can change the world – like giving socks to homeless people and making their lives better.

Take some time to think about this question:

How do you think we can make the world better?

Please help us Lord to make a difference in the wonderful world that we live in.

Help us to find ways to make the world more awesome and to share big love with others.

Amen.

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This week our scripture explains why our Church has become so big so that there are Christians all over the world!

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Last of all, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating. He scolded them, because they did not have faith and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive. He said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. Believers will be given the power to perform miracles: they will drive out demons in my name; they will speak in strange tongues;

The Gospel of the Lord.

Jesus tells his disciples to tell people all over the world about God’s love and the message that we are all part of one family.

The disciples did this and visited many many different countries so that as many people as possible knew about Jesus.

Watch this video to see how the disciples started to spread the Good News.

It all began at Pentecost and then the disciples continued to share the message around the world, even though there were some people who made it very difficult!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRgqiUTL39w

If you were going to take a message of Good News about Jesus to someone in another part of the world what would your message be?

Create posters or even a video so that you can take these messages out into your local community so that these messages of Good News can be shared with everyone!