During Lent we try to find ways that we can give to others who are in need and this week’s resources will help us to think about the different ways that we can do this.
The Music Resource gives us a different word for giving which is surrendering and we have the opportunity to think about what we can surrender for Jesus.
In our Picture Resource there is a thought provoking image of how we should go about giving to others by treating them as we would treat ourselves.
We will take Action on our mission of giving during Lent by giving kind words to each other so that we can put a smile on the faces of all of our classmates.
It is not always easy to give what we have and both the Video Resource and the Scripture Resource will help us to understand that we should give cheerfully because God will always make sure that we have enough of what we need.
Try to be generous this week and give to those who are in need.
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.
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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!
Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink?When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’
How do you think this piece of scripture links with the picture?
A teacher of the Law was there who heard the discussion. He saw that Jesus had given the Sadducees a good answer, so he came to him with a question: “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus replied, “The most important one is this: ‘Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. 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.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.”
How do you think this piece of scripture links with the picture?
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This week’s Action is all about giving something to the other people in your Class!
You will need a ball or something else suitable to pass/ throw around the classroom.
To begin, pass the ball around everyone in your classroom and practice throwing the ball safely.
Pass the ball around again but this time, if you are holding the ball, you should give everyone else an interesting fact about yourself. It could be your favourite TV show, a famous person you have met or seen or, an exciting event in your life.
Pass the ball around again but this time, when someone has the ball it is the job of the rest of the class to give them a compliment and to say something that they like about them. Anyone can say something nice, it is all about giving that person something to put a smile upon their face!
Usually if we think about giving we focus on money or gifts but actually the words of encouragement that we can give to each other can make a huge difference too.
Next time you speak to someone think about the words that you are using and what message you are giving them.
Help us Lord to choose our words wisely and to give others confidence and encouragement when we speak.
Help us to give the message of your love in everything that we say and do.
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Although we know how important it is to give to others it doesn’t mean that it is always easy.
Watch this video clip from the Disney film Aladdin to see how Aladdin and his monkey, Abu, react when they see others who are in need.
How does Aladdin react when he sees the children who are hungry? How do you think he felt?
How does Abu react at first? Why do you think he didn’t want to give his food to the hungry children? Have you ever felt reluctant to give something of yours to others?
How did the children react when they were given food?
Why do you think Abu changed his mind about giving his food to the hungry children? Would you change your mind like Abu?
How do you think Aladdin and Abu felt after they had given their food to the children who were in need?
Think about how you feel when you give to others. Do you focus on the things that you are giving away or on the joy you are bringing to others?
When could you be more generous towards those in need?
What could you make a special effort to give during Lent?
Please help us Jesus to be generous and to give to those who are in need.
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This week’s scripture helps us to think about how we give to others.
Saint Paul is writing, in his second letter to the Corinthians, to encourage the people of Corinth to donate money to those who are poor in other countries. The letter reminds us to love God and to care for one another.
A reading from the second letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.
Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop. You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. As the scripture says,
“He gives generously to the needy; his kindness lasts forever.”
And God, who supplies seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God. And because of the proof which this service of yours brings, many will give glory to God for your loyalty to the gospel of Christ, which you profess, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else. And so with deep affection they will pray for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown you. Let us thank God for his priceless gift!
The Word of the Lord.
(Thanks be to God.)
2 Corinthians 9: 6-15
What attitude does Saint Paul say we should have when we give to others?
Who are we helping when we give to others?
How might the people we have helped respond towards you if you help them?
How do you think God makes us rich? Is it with money? With talents to share with others? With patience to help those in need?
What has God made you rich in?
We can only give what we have.
That does not always mean money or riches but instead it can mean gifts that we have been given by God which, when shared with others, can make a big difference.
Just think about a time when someone has given you a smile when you felt sad or gave you some help when you found something difficult.
Think about what you can give to others this week. Time? Friendship? Help? Appreciation? Love?
Make it your mission to try to give something to the people you meet throughout the week, even if it is just a smile and a hello! Remember, when you give to others you are showing love to them and to God!