When we hear the word “home” we might picture a house but a house is made a home by the people who live in it and the way that they treat each other. It’s not about the type of bricks or how many rooms there are inside it is how we behave towards the people that we live with and the time that we share together.
This week’s song shows that we can start to feel at home with the people around us even though we aren’t inside a house and our scripture reminds us that we will only build a good home on strong foundations if we listen to the teachings of Jesus and try to live as He has taught us to.
It is important to remember that there are people in our communities that do not have a home and we will start to think about what we can do in the next few weeks, as the weather gets colder, to make life better for them too.
No matter where you call home, if love is at the center of how you live your life then you will have a strong and sturdy home.
Ephesians 6: 1-4
Matthew 7: 24-29
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This week’s song tells the story of two bears who will overcome all the obstacles to get home!
How did they behave at the start of their journey?
Did this change during the journey?
Sometimes we really miss the place that we call home and it can feel a long way away.
On their journey the bears became closer and they made even more friends along the way. There is a saying “home is where the heart is“. This means that your home doesn’t have to be one house or one place but that your home is wherever you are loved and you love the others around you.
There will be times when we want to get back to that place that we call home but we must remember that a home isn’t just 4 walls and a roof it is the people that are there and the happy times we share together.
Help us to remember that we build our homes not from bricks but from love and friendship.
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What do you think makes a home?
What is important to you about your home?
A home is a special place to us. Home will be different for everyone, just like each of the hands in the picture above are different. For some of us it is a warm, safe place, for others it is a fun, lively place. Whatever your home is to you it is built by the people in it, not just the bricks and materials that make the walls and the roof. The way you treat each other and the time you spend together define what your home is to you.
Think about how you could make it the best place to live in for you and the people that you live with.
Will you have a football pitch in the garden so you can all play together or will you have a cinema room so that you can all watch a film together?
Will you have a calm room so that people are peaceful with each other and will you have funny pictures and jokes on the walls so that everyone stays cheerful and shares in lots of laughs?
Add labels to your drawing to show how your design will make that place a home.
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Read this scripture from Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do. “Respect your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise added: “so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.”
Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction.
(Ephesians 6: 1-4)
Do you like it? Do you think everyone always follows this scripture?
Get into small groups and then split yourselves into two groups of parents and children.
Try to decide what will happen in the following scenarios. Think about your character – can you make a decision that follows the scripture?
1. The parents want the children to do their homework but the children want to watch their favourite television programme.
2. The parents asked the children to tidy their bedrooms at the weekend, but they didn’t. Now the parents have tidied the children’s bedrooms but now the children can’t find where their clothes and toys are in their room.
3. The children have been looking forward to playing in the garden but the parents have now said that they all have to go shopping.
It can be really tricky to do what God asks us to do. We might get annoyed or frustrated with the people in our homes because things don’t always go the way that we have planned.
We must always try to remember to love those around us in our homes because if we put love at the center then we are following the commandments that Jesus taught us and it will be easier to live in peace and harmony with each other.
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Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a home. Many people are homeless and do not have a warm bed to sleep in or food to eat everyday.
Watch this video which shows a famous actress Angelina Jolie talk about her experiences, and the experiences of her children when they visited child refugees who had no home.
Saint Paul told the Romans:
Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.
We may not have a spare room for homeless people to come and stay in but there are ways that we can ‘be part of something in the world’ so that we can have a happier life.
There are lots of ways that we can help those who do not have a place to call home. By raising money, collecting donations for food banks and Charities such as Emmanuel House during Harvest time and praying for people who are in difficult situations we can all do our bit.
For some people, their school is an important family and community to be a part of and it may seem like a home to them. This week your school will be taking part in a fundraiser to help with our Trust Charity ‘Building Hope for Bunkpurugu’. Whatever way you are helping to raise funds encourage the people in your home to get involved and try to make a difference in the world.
Will you help if you have a chance to do something to help other people?
Help us to do whatever we can to help the homeless and to love our neighbour as Jesus taught us.
We ask Saint Vincent de Paul (patron saint of the homeless) to pray for us as we try to help others.
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Jesus taught his followers that by listening to his teaching and following his words they would be like a wise builder. Read the scripture below to find out how we can be wise as we build our homes.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
(Glory to you O Lord.)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
The Gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)
(Matthew 7: 24-29)
The firm foundations that Jesus was talking about were His commandments to love God and to love our neighbour.
If we listen to Jesus’ teaching and try to bring more love into our homes then we are wise people. If we ignore what Jesus has taught us to do and we put more efforts into our possessions instead of people then we will be like the foolish man who did not use firm foundations and therefore his house fell down!
God knows that we struggles sometimes to show love and to do the right thing but He loves us and forgives us when we are sorry for doing wrong.
What could you do if things don’t go your way?
How could you help others?
Could you make something or do something for someone in your home?