Listening and sharing are the two most important ways of communicating. This week’s Music Resource shows how music can be shared across the world and how, if we listen carefully enough, we can find a special message in the music we hear.
The Picture Resource will help us to think about good ways and bad ways of sharing and listening and then there will be the opportunity to use these skills during this week’s Action.
One of the ways that we can share information is through the internet so this week we will be watching a broadcast from the Year 11 Becket students who were on retreat at The Briars last week who will be sharing what makes them happy.
Finally our Scripture Resource tells the Parable of the Sower where Jesus explains the different ways in which we can hear and receive the Word of God. Jesus explains the parable to His disciples and there are 2 videos to help you to understand it too!
Think about how you communicate with others this week. Are you a good listener? Do you share the message about the love of Jesus?
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!
Listen carefully and see how many examples of sharing you can hear!
How many ways of sharing did you hear?
What were some of the ways of sharing that you heard?
As followers of Jesus we are called to share in lots of different ways. We may need to share our things, share our food, share our time or share some laughter!
Another way that we are asked to share with others is by sharing the good news about Jesus by telling others how much Jesus loves us and sharing the gifts that God has given us.
The man who sings this song is called Jack Johnson and his special gifts from God are making music and singing.
He shared his talents by travelling all the way from America to a place in Africa called Zululand.
Watch the video below to see how much joy sharing can bring!
Click here for the Picture Resource
Look at these examples of listening and sharing.
For each image think:
Who is sharing? Is it a good or bad example of sharing?
Who is listening? Is it a good or bad example of listening?
How could the examples be better?
Click on each picture for some more questions to think about.
We should all have the chance to share our thoughts and feelings with others but to do this we all must be willing to listen to others too.
Look at the pictures below and see if you agree with the points.
Make a list of any other things that you think makes a good listener. Add your ideas to the comments box below so that all of the schools can see your ideas.
Click here for the Action
This week’s action will hopefully get us all sharing with each other and listening to one another.
You will need a space where you can sit in two rows opposite each other.
Choose one person who will not move during this activity but will sit in the same place all the way through.
Everyone else, when the leader says “change” you should move one seat to the left. If you come to the end of the row then move onto the opposite line. If you come to the person who is staying still then skip their seat and move into the one next to them.
Every time you “change” shake hands and introduce yourself to the person opposite you. Then answer the question on the screen with only that person.
Keep going until you have met everyone on the two rows. Your leader will tell you when there is a new question on the screen.
So don’t forget:
Make sure you are close enough that you can speak to each other without shouting.
Choose 1 person who will not move during the activity.
Always move 1 seat to the left when you hear “change“.
When you meet see someone new introduce yourself, shake hands and answer the question on the screen.
Whiles watching this video think of the words and actions we should do more often?
Share what you think in the comments below!
What part of the video did you find most enjoyable to share in?
Thank you Lord for the opportunity to share the things that make us happy and joyful, we pray that they inspire other people too.
Click here for the Scripture Resource
When Jesus spoke to His disciples and His followers he often told stories to explain the right way to do things. These stories are called parables.
Parables are simple stories used to explain an important lesson or message and Jesus used many of them during His ministry on earth.
Just like us, Jesus’ followers were sometimes confused by the parables that Jesus told and they didn’t understand what they really meant. In this scripture from Mark’s Gospel Jesus explains what the Parable of The Sower means and told us how it applies to us in our lives.
Read the story carefully and see if you understand Jesus’ parable.
This Scripture passage is longer than usual so you might like to divide it between different readers.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.
(Glory to you O Lord.)
Again Jesus began to teach beside Lake Galilee. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it. The boat was out in the water, and the crowd stood on the shore at the water’s edge. He used parables to teach them many things, saying to them:
“Listen! Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil. The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn’t deep. Then, when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants, and they didn’t bear grain. But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants sprouted, grew, and bore grain: some had thirty grains, others sixty, and others one hundred.”
And Jesus concluded, “Listen, then, if you have ears!”
When Jesus was alone, some of those who had heard him came to him with the twelve disciples and asked him to explain the parables. “You have been given the secret of the Kingdom of God,” Jesus answered. “But the others, who are on the outside, hear all things by means of parables, so that,
‘They may look and look, yet not see; they may listen and listen, yet not understand. For if they did, they would turn to God, and he would forgive them.’”
Then Jesus asked them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How, then, will you ever understand any parable? The sower sows God’s message. Some people are like the seeds that fall along the path; as soon as they hear the message, Satan comes and takes it away. Other people are like the seeds that fall on rocky ground. As soon as they hear the message, they receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don’t last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. Other people are like the seeds sown among the thorn bushes. These are the ones who hear the message, but the worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires crowd in and choke the message, and they don’t bear fruit. But other people are like seeds sown in good soil. They hear the message, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty, some sixty, and some one hundred.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)
This video shows a visual interpretation of the parable.
As you watch it see if you can link the explanation that Jesus gave with the video.
What sorts of things are like the bird and take you away from God?
How could you learn more about God so that your interest doesn’t wither away?
What things worry you and get in the way of your relationship with God?
How do you use God’s message and spread it to others?
Although things may worry us and get in our way it is you who decides what you will do with God’s message.
Try to be the faithful person who shares the message of God with others and lets it sink in to their heart.
If all that still doesn’t make sense then try watching this video too to show how the seed is like God’s message in the Bible.