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It is very important to follow the example of Jesus and to make all people feel welcome.

We will start off by thinking about how we make people feel welcome and whether we really focus on the right things.

Next we will be thinking about how we make spaces feel more welcoming by looking at our churches and then at our own classrooms.

Music is a great way to make others feel welcome so we will see how travellers are welcomed by song at the airport and then learn a song which we could use in our Masses and Liturgies to make others feel welcome.

Finally we will be creating a display for our classroom which will remind us that we are always welcome with Jesus and that we will never be left on our own.

Throughout the week try to think about how you can make others welcome and whether there are people that may feel left out that you could welcome into your community.

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!

Romans 15:7

Mark 10:13-16

Matthew 5: 38-39, 44-48

Galatians 3:28

Matthew 10:14-15 

Luke 10: 38-42 

Hebrews 13:2

Psalm 23

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Watch this video from the film “Rio 2” to see one bird being welcomed back by her friends.

Do you think that was a good welcome?

How do you think the bird felt about that welcome?

The singing bird was very enthusiastic about singing his welcome! This can happen to all of us because we get so excited about meeting someone Unfortunately this might mean that we leave our friend feeling confused or not feeling welcome at all!

This once happened to some friends of Jesus because one of them was trying too hard to welcome Him instead of just enjoying His company. Listen to this story to hear what Jesus told them to do.

mary-and-martha-6-GoodSalt-epcas0207As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him in her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the feet of the Lord and listened to his teaching. Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”

The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.”

(Luke 10: 38-42)

So, as Jesus said, once we have welcomed our guests and friends we should spend time with them and listen to them to make them feel truly welcome.

Don’t be like Martha and the singing bird who put too much effort into saying welcome to their friends. Instead be like Mary who respected Jesus by sitting with him and listening to his words.

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Look at these pictures of things near church entrances.

Think about how they welcome people.

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What is this?

What is written on the yellow piece of paper?

How do these signs and notices make people feel welcome?

What signs and notices would make you want to go into that church?

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These are some church greeters.

What sort of jobs to they do?

Have you ever been welcomed by a church greeter?

Have they ever asked you to do a special job in the Mass?

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Do you know the special name for this? (If you need a clue click on the picture and look at the caption!)

Is there one of these at your church?

What do you do if you use it?

What other time have we used holy water on our heads?

Our churches try to do lots of things to welcome people into the church because they want everyone to have the opportunity to be closer to Jesus.

Next time you go to a church look around and think about the things that make you feel more welcome

If you have any other ideas of what would make you feel more welcome in a church then leave your comments at the bottom of the page.

 

Please help us Lord to make everyone feel welcome in our churches so that they can all be closer to Jesus.

Help us to get involved and to do the best that we can to make our churches happy communities.

Amen.

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Welcome-Banner

Your mission this week is to make your classroom as welcoming as possible!

Get into groups and come up with some ideas of how you could make your Class welcoming to other people in the school and school visitors.

Could you have a welcome sign?

Could you have some official Class greeters whose job it is to welcome people into the classroom when they arrive?

Could you have a welcome song so that the whole class can greet people when they come in? (You could change the words to a nursery rhyme or to a song you already know!)

A new place can make people feel uneasy if they do not feel welcome so it is really important that your classroom and the people in it are friendly and welcoming to anyone who is new.

St Paul told the Hebrews to

Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.

(Hebrews 13:2)

We should follow the example of Jesus and welcome everyone who comes to us. It’s even one of the Corporal Works of Mercy to ‘welcome the stranger’!

Practise how you will welcome people to your class. Next time you have a visitor to your class make sure you are ready to make them feel welcome!

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This video shows a surprise welcome for people arriving home at an airport in London.

How did the singing make the people at the airport feel?

How did this video make you feel?

Have you ever welcomed someone by singing to them?

Feeling welcome in a new place is really important. We may feel nervous or confused about the new place so if we are given a warm welcome we will feel much better about being somewhere different.

There is a hymn which we may use at the start of our Masses and Liturgies to welcome everyone to our celebration.

Listen carefully to the words and sing along with the chorus. If you already know this song in your school then you might like to join in with all of it!

Make this song your prayer today and think about the welcoming community of God’s family that we all help to build.

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Our Scripture this week is a Psalm written by King David.

Read the scripture and then watch the video below to find out why we are talking about sheep!

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The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in fields of green grass
    and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths,
    as he has promised.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
    I will not be afraid, Lord,
    for you are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.

You prepare a banquet for me,
    where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an honoured guest
    and fill my cup to the brim.
I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life;
    and your house will be my home as long as I live.

(Psalm 23)

You can start this video at about 40 seconds in to skip the introduction but watch right to the end!

You could pause the video at points and discuss what you think about what you have heard and, what you think might happen next.

How does that video make you feel?

Are you happy to be one of the people that Jesus watches over and welcomes?

As it says in the Psalm, Jesus welcomes us like a very special guest. We are always welcome to spend time with Jesus and He will always watch over us to protect us and guide us.

No one is greater than God so to know that we are always welcome with God is a very special thing and should make us feel like very special people.

To help us to remember that we are all always welcome with God we are going to make a display for your classroom.

Draw a sheep and add your name to show that it represents you.

Draw one shepherd who will watch over your class flock. You might like to print off the picture of the shepherd above!

Put all of your sheep and your Shepherd somewhere in your Class where you can see them all and remember that God welcomes each and every one of us to be a part of His family.