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Giving is a big theme during Lent and the way that we receive the gifts and blessings that we have been given is extremely important.

In the Music Resource we will learn two graces that can be used to say thank you to God before meal times – try using these graces this week before your lunches and you could even teach them to your friends and families at home!

Through the Picture Resource there is the opportunity to reflect on the gifts that we have been given and through the Action there is a chance to say thank you to God by writing our very own song!

In the Video Resource we will meet Zin Thu Thu from Myanmar and will think about what we can give to those who are in need.

Finally, the Scripture Resource will remind us of the brave actions of one young boy who influenced 5,000 people who had crowded around Jesus to hear His teaching.

Throughout the week think about what you have that you can give to others and do your best to receive gifts by saying thank you and using them wisely.

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!

Luke 6:38

Proverbs 11:24-25

Acts 20:35

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Matthew 6:1-34

Hebrews 13:16

James 1:17

Philippians 4:19

Hebrews 13:5

Luke 14:12-14

John 3:16

1 Chronicles 29:9

Deuteronomy 16:17

2 Corinthians 8: 1-24

1 Timothy 6: 17

Mark 12:44

Matthew 22:1-46

Deuteronomy 15:10

Proverbs 3:27

2 Corinthians 9:11

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When we receive something we should always remember to say thank you.

Before Jesus broke bread with His disciples at The Last Supper He thanked God for the food and drink that they were about to share because He recognised that they were gifts from God.

It is really important that we follow the example of Jesus and try to remember to thank God for the food and drink that we enjoy everyday.

This week’s Music Resource is not one, but two songs that you could use to thank God for the food and drink that you are lucky enough to have.

Listen carefully to the Key Stage 4 Chaplaincy Team from The Becket and copy them for the actions to the Graces below!

Try using some of these graces before and after lunch at your school and if you know any other graces then we’d love to hear from you – just add them in the comments box at the bottom of the page!

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What is the best gift you have ever received?

What sort of gifts do you like to receive?

What gifts have you received from God?

What gifts can you give and share with others?

The gifts that we receive are only as good as what we do with them.

When we have received a gift we need to use it to give to others, as St Paul says:

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.

Romans 12: 6-8

Think about the words that Saint Paul uses, do you have any of these gifts that you can share?

 

Help us Jesus to share our gifts with us and to gratefully receive the gifts that we are given.

Amen.

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We have been given many gifts from God that we should be thankful for.

Food, water, shelter, clothes, sweets, toys, games, schools, churches, family, friends and so many other things too!

Go around your Class and say something that you have been given that you are thankful for.

 

Listen to this song which is all about saying thank you for everything that God has given us.
For this week’s activity you need to create your own verses to this song. Use the same tune and fill in the blanks, try to use some of the things that you have just discussed that you are thankful for.

God you’re so good to me, you give me all I ever need.

God you’re so good to me, you give me all I ever need.

You give me                                                           you give me                                                                

You give me                                                           and                                                                

For all these things I’d like to say….

Thank you, for all you’ve done for me,

Thank you, for all you’ve said to me,

You’ve put a smile upon my face,

I’ll sing to you for all my days!

 

When you have prepared a few verses try singing it with the music below and don’t forget to create some actions too!

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This week’s video is from a charity called CAFOD.

In this video you will meet a girl called Zin Thu Thu who lives on the other side of the world.

Listen carefully to her story and look for examples of where you can see giving and receiving.

What are the difficulties that this village in Myanmar face?

What does the community have to do if a storm comes?

What preparations have they made if a storm does come?

How do you think you could help Zin Thu Thu and her village?

During Lent one of the 3 things that we are asked to do is to give to others who are in need, this is called almsgiving.

Try to come up with some ways that you could help others in need, you could:

  • Help a friend with their work
  • Help your family with chores at home
  • Help someone in your local community
  • Raise money for people who are in need.

Spend some time thinking of ways that you could help others individually or as a school community and maybe this could be something that your school could do together?

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In this week’s Scripture there are some examples of giving and receiving, see if you can spot them all!

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

After this, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias, as it is also called). A large crowd followed him, because they had seen his miracles of healing the sick. Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. The time for the Passover Festival was near. Jesus looked around and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, so he asked Philip, “Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?” (He said this to test Philip; actually he already knew what he would do.)

Philip answered, “For everyone to have even a little, it would take more than two hundred silver coins to buy enough bread.”

Another one of his disciples, Andrew, who was Simon Peter’s brother, said,“There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But they will certainly not be enough for all these people.”

“Make the people sit down,” Jesus told them. (There was a lot of grass there.) So all the people sat down; there were about five thousand men. Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and distributed it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted. When they were all full, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces left over; let us not waste a bit.” So they gathered them all and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left over from the five barley loaves which the people had eaten.

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

John 6: 1-13

Share your ideas on where you saw examples of giving and receiving in the story above.

Who had brought the food that day that Jesus used to feed the crowds with?

It was the actions and generosity of one little boy that made such a difference to thousands of people around him.

What could you give to others?

Do you think you could make a difference to others around you?

What can you give to Jesus in your life?

Help us Jesus to be generous and to make a difference to those around us.

Give us the courage to stand up in the crowd and to share what we have in your name.

Amen.