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This week we are thinking about Choices. It can be very difficult to make the right choice, or even to know what the right choice is!

We can always turn to God for help with the decisions we make. Even if we make a bad choice and do the wrong thing God will still love us and will always forgive us when we say sorry.

Our Music Resource reminds us to turn to God and to allow Him to guide us and our Picture Resource helps us to think about the times when we need that guidance.

During our Action we will have the chance to be musical and to put some good advice into song!

Our Video Resource and our Scripture Resource will give us some examples of the choices we can make and we have the opportunity to think about how we would respond and what we could do to make the right choices at all times.

Join in with the activities below and try to try to make good choices this week.

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!

Proverbs 16:16

Deuteronomy 30:15

Luke 9:57-58

Jeremiah 29:11

Proverbs 19:21

Jeremiah 29:11-14

Jeremiah 1:5

Romans 8:28

Proverbs 3:5-6

1 John 5:4

Click here for the Music Resource

Listen carefully to this song from the Disney film Pinocchio.

Think about the advice that his friend gives him about how to make good choices.

Pinocchio isn’t sure how to be a good boy and how to make the right choices so Jiminy Cricket tells him to always let his conscience be his guide.

We can’t whistle for Jiminy Cricket to tell us what to do to make the right choice but in the Bible there are lots of things that teach us how to be good people and how to make the right choices. In the book of Proverbs (in the Old Testament) there is this advice:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. If you do, it will be like good medicine, healing your wounds and easing your pains.

(Proverbs 3: 5-8)

If we need help making decisions turn to God and ask Him to guide you.

Take some time now to talk to God about the choices you need help with.

Click here for the Picture Resource

Click on this picture to make it larger and take some time to think about what you can see and what you think it means.

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Which Path do you think the man should choose?

Where do you think the paths lead to?

What are the choices you face now in your life? Where would the paths lead if you were the person in the picture?

What words of wisdom would guide you in your choices so that you follow the right path?

Think about the words you would say to someone to help them if they had to make a difficult choice.

The prophet Isaiah reassured the people of Jerusalem saying:

If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear a voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.”

(Isaiah 30:21)

If we make the wrong choices and take the wrong path then we can always turn to God for help to guide us once again.

Click here for the Action

Sometimes making choices can be very difficult and we don’t know what to do!

In times like these we need words that will reassure us and comfort us that we will be able to make the right decision, it could be some of the words that Jesus used:

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.’ (Mark 12: 30-31)

Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children! (Matthew 5: 9)

….your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5: 16)

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To help you to remember to stay calm and to trust in your ability to make choices, write a short poem, rap, song or a rhyme which you can say to yourself to help you make choices when you find them difficult.

You could include some of the words that Jesus used above!

Share what you have written with your classmates, maybe you can give them some good advice about making choices too!

Click here for the Video Resource

Think about the choices that you would make in this situation.

Would you offer the cookies to your friend?

Which bag of cookies would you choose?

Would you break up your cookie to make your friend feel better?

Would you say thank you if your friend gave you a gift?

We all have lots of choices to make everyday, even if they are small decisions we should always try to make the right choice and to care for our friends. When people make the wrong decision we have to decide whether to forgive them and whether to help them.

As Saint Paul wrote to the Thessalonians:

“See that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but at all times make it your aim to do good to one another and to all people.”

(1 Thessalonians 5: 15)

Try to make the right choices during this week and remember to do good to all people.

Click here for the Scripture Resource

Today we are going to hear The Parable of the Two Sons.

Read the story together and watch the video below. Think about when you may have behaved as the brothers did.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

(Glory to you O Lord)

“Now what do you think? There was once a man who had two sons. He went to the older one and said,

‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’

‘I don’t want to,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing.

‘Yes, sir,’ he answered, but he did not go.

Which one of the two did what the father wanted?”

“The older one,” they answered.

So Jesus said to them, “I tell you: the tax collectors…are going into the Kingdom of God ahead of you.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ)

After Jesus tells this story he explains that if people follow the right path, even if they have done bad things beforehand, they will still enter the Kingdom of God – Heaven.

Jesus is teaching his followers about forgiveness. If we make the wrong choices but want to change and do the right thing then we can still be friends with Jesus because He will forgive us.

Think about times when you have made a bad choice and have done something wrong.

Think about the Parable of the two sons and how you could change what you have done and do the right thing.

Take some time to talk to God to say sorry for the times when we have made bad choices which have hurt those around us and ask to be forgiven. Ask God to help you to make the right decisions in the future.