This week we are thinking about our community both locally and in the wider world.
Our Music Resource is a song that teaches us all about who builds our community and it is being led by some of the children from our Academy Trust community!
The Picture Resource gives us a chance to think about the different roles that people have within our community and the game that forms our Action Resource gives us the opportunity to try out some of these roles.
In our Video Resource we have an opportunity to look to our wider community and to think about the actions of Pope Francis and how we can be more like Jesus.
Finally our Scripture Resource reminds us of our mission to use our skills and talents for our community and to help those who are most in need.
Think throughout the week about your role in your community and how you can be more like Jesus in your words and actions.
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!
This week our Music Resource is being provided by some of the children at Saint Patrick’s School who had already been thinking about who is 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 people and that we should try to share love with everyone in our community.
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This picture shows many of the people that make up a community.
See if you can work out what role each one of them has.
A community is made up of many people who work together and respect each other.
Can you think of any other people in your community that aren’t included in the picture?
Who are the important people in your community?
What is your role in your community?
We each have a part to play within our community and we do this in the way that Jesus did, by showing love to our neighbours.
Help us Jesus to be good and loving people within our communities.
Give us the patience to be understanding and to respect those around us.
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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 trying out different characters from 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 different people that our community is made up of 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.
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At the head of our community of our Church on earth is Pope Francis.
Although Pope Francis is in charge of many important people and has lots of jobs and lots of people to see he still makes the effort to visit people who are in need.
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.
As you watch the video see if you can think of anyone else that you know who did something like this?
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?
Did you work out who Pope Francis was behaving like?
In Matthew’s Gospel we hear a story of when Jesus was very busy but He still made time to see the children:
Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
He placed his hands on them and then went away.
Matthew 19: 13-15
If we are to going to be good members of our community we must try to live like Jesus and that includes showing love to the people around us.
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.
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Being part of a community means that you don’t just think about yourself but instead you put other people and their needs before your own.
There are times when this can be very difficult because it makes life harder for us and because we may not feel very special in our community.
This scripture from St Paul’s letter to the Romans explains to us what it means to be part of a community, not just with each other but with Jesus also:
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. 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. So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.
Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.
The Word of the Lord.
(Thanks be to God.)
(Romans 12: 4-13)
As the scripture encourages us, even when it is difficult we should help those who are in need. We don’t have to do everything but if we have a special skill or talent then we should try to use it for the good of others.
Think about the special gifts and skills you bring to your community.
Do you share these things with the people who need them in your community?
Can you think of any ways that you could do more for those who are in need in your community?
Help us Jesus to feel part of our community and to give to those who are in need.
Help us to do our best to follow in your footsteps.