This week we are thinking about God’s people and the great work that they do.
There are many people in the Bible that have answered God’s call and there are also many people who have done and seen amazing things who have been made Saints for their work.
But it’s not just about people from years and years ago, it’s about us! We are all part of God’s family, we are God’s people.
We have all been called to do God’s work and to spread the message of God’s unconditional love.
As we go through this week think about what it is that you have been called to do. Think about whether you are sharing God’s love just as the great people throughout history who have gone before us have done.
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’s song is one that you might recognise because it’s from Ice Age 4!
Listen carefully and try to pick the lyric that you think is the most important.
This song is all about being part of one family.
We are all people of God and we are part of the family of God.
Just as the scripture says:
See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children—and so, in fact, we are.
(1 John 3:1)
Think about the people that are in God’s family.
Your friends, your family, your neighbours, your classmates, your teachers, the people you see in your local community, people on the other side of the world, and even the people that you don’t always get on with.
Think about what it means to all be part of the same family. Do we always treat our brothers and sisters around the world as we should?
Lord please help us to remember that we are all part of the same family.
As we go throughout the week help us to think about other people around us and how our actions affect others.
Help us to show love to everyone in our family and to forgive others.
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Saints are God’s people because they have given their lives to God and have done great things.
This week you have to try to identify which Saint or holy person is in each picture.
If you know any information about that holy person then share it with your Class.
God’s people have lots of things in common. Although they sometimes make mistakes and make bad choices they always try to live as God taught them to.
This week your task is to make a person of God!
You could draw around someone in your Class, you could draw your person of God on your own or, you could build your person in a team using all kinds of resources.
Think about how your person would behave and what features would help them. For example, if they are always helping others then they might have large hands.
Think about what they would look like. If they are smiley and friendly to others then make them with a huge smile on their face.
Think about what they have with them. If they are spreading God’s word then they might have a Bible with them, or some messages about love.
Create your person of God and then share why your person looks the way they do.
Remember that every detail counts because every part of your person will have a different function that does God’s work.
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.
You might like to choose a job for the person that you build. There are lots of different jobs that can be done, as St Paul writes and tells the Corinthians
There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. The Spirit gives one person a message full of wisdom, while to another person the same Spirit gives a message full of knowledge. One and the same Spirit gives faith to one person, while to another person he gives the power to heal. The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles; to another, the gift of speaking God’s message; and to yet another, the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not. To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues, and to another he gives the ability to explain what is said. But it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.
(Corinthians 12: 6- 11)
We are all God’s children and we should try our best to be friendly, loving, kind and caring just like the people of God that we have made today.
Display the people that you have made so that it reminds you to be like them.
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This week’s video is all about Saint Paul. It will be his feast day (along with Saint Peter) on Thursday 29th June.
Paul used to go by the name of Saul and he hated Christians and persecuted them but on the road to Damascus Jesus spoke to him and Saul changed his ways and changed his name to become Paul!
The video below shows all the different places that Saint Paul visited to spread the Good News. It shows how this one man helped to make the Church as big as it is today by travelling a very long way.
Did you recognise any names of the places that Saint Paul travelled to?
Do you know where we can find any of the things he said or the letters he wrote to the people that he visited in all of those different places?
Saint Paul wrote 14 of the books in the New Testament! These are known as The Pauline Epistles or, The Epistles of Paul.
These books of the Bible were letters which were written to the people that Paul visited. The letters were about the questions people had about Christ and the problems the people had in the areas that Paul visited.
In general, Paul’s letters greet and pray for a community, provide teaching and sometimes correction about Christian beliefs, explain his travel plans and end with more advice and a farewell.
Think about the places where people need to hear the Good News that God loves us. It could be places where people feel lonely, it could be places which are far away and no one has heard the good news about Jesus before, it could be places where there is fighting and hatred.
Write a letter to those people telling them about the ministry of Jesus on earth and about God’s love for all of us.
You might like to include some of the words below that Paul used in his letters.
From St Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians
We urge you, our friends, to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 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: 14-15)
From St Paul’s letter 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.
(Romans 12: 4-5)
From St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians
Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptised into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink.
For the body itself is not made up of only one part, but of many parts. If the foot were to say, “Because I am not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, “Because I am not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” that would not keep it from being a part of the body. If the whole body were just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell? As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be. There would not be a body if it were all only one part! As it is, there are many parts but one body.
So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Nor can the head say to the feet, “Well, I don’t need you!” On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker; and those parts that we think aren’t worth very much are the ones which we treat with greater care; while the parts of the body which don’t look very nice are treated with special modesty, which the more beautiful parts do not need. God himself has put the body together in such a way as to give greater honor to those parts that need it. And so there is no division in the body, but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness.
All of you are Christ’s body, and each one is a part of it. In the church God has put all in place: in the first place apostles, in the second place prophets, and in the third place teachers; then those who perform miracles, followed by those who are given the power to heal or to help others or to direct them or to speak in strange tongues. They are not all apostles or prophets or teachers. Not everyone has the power to work miracles or to heal diseases or to speak in strange tongues or to explain what is said.
(1 Corinthians 12: 12-30)
From St Paul’s letter to the Colossians
You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you.
(Colossians 3: 12-13)
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The Bible is made up of 73 different books written by God’s people.
Some of the books focus on a specific person. For example, the book of Ruth is all about Ruth and the book of Jonah is all about Jonah. The four books in the Bible called the Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and they are all about the life and work of Jesus.
This week you are going to choose one of God’s people from the Bible and share a piece of Scripture about them, or written by them. Try to find someone new who you didn’t know about before.
You might like to find out some more about that person and do a presentation about them to your Class, or to your School.
You might find it easier to start off by finding a person from a story Bible and then looking up your scripture in a Good News Bible.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started….
There are lots of stories in the Bible about God’s people who have done God’s work.
They were asked to do great things and they said yes!
Lord please help us to be brave enough to answer your call and to say yes to you.
Help us to do great things like the people who have gone before us.