This term we are thinking about families, whether that is our own family unit or the family of God, but it is important to think about ourselves and to understand who we are as individuals and what role we play in our families.
This week we will look at lots of different things about ourselves. We will think about how we make decisions and what is important to us. We will be celebrating some of the great gifts, skills and talents that we have and we will share them with our Class.
We will take some time to reflect on how we live our lives and our relationship with God by spending some time in calm and quiet.
We will also look to the future, thinking about what we would like to be better at and what our hopes and dreams are.
Each of us is different and unique and it is important to learn more about those around us and to celebrate all the wonderful things about ourselves.
Philippians 4: 4-9
Colossians 3: 12-17
1 Peter 4:10
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The song for this week shows a difficult decision in the musical, Les Miserables.
In this song a man called Jean Valjean is being chased by the police for a crime he committed a long time ago. But the police make a mistake and capture an innocent man who looks just like Jean Valjean!
Now he has to make a tough decision, does he let the innocent man be arrested and put in prison or, does he tell the police that they have made a mistake and hand himself in – even though this will mean that all the people in his factory won’t have a job any more?
Jean Valjean believes in God and has a strong faith so this has a big part to play in his decision.
Listen carefully to the lyrics of the song to see what he decides to do.
What did Jean Valjean decide?
Do you think he made the right decision?
Although our decisions may not be as big as the ones in the song we all sometimes have to ask the question “Who am I?”
Everyday we have decisions to make about the people that we want to be. Will we be honest? Will we look out for other people? Will we be the people that God asks us to be?
Close your eyes and think about some of the decisions that you have to make in your life.
Think about the question “Who am I?” What is important to you?
Think about the person that you want to be and how you will behave when you have decisions to make.
Please be in our hearts and minds Lord as we make difficult decisions.
Help us to be strong people who know what is important to us. Help us to remember your love in all of our decisions.
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Here are some pictures showing what these people are good at. They are gifts, talents and skills that they are proud of.
Think about what you can do that you are proud of.
Are you an artist, a footballer, a musician, a singer, a dancer, a basketball player?
Choose something that you are proud of and share it with the rest of your class.
You could stand up and say it out loud, you could draw a picture of you doing that activity or of a symbol that shows your talent. You could even have a catwalk in your classroom where you show everyone the skills that you have and you can celebrate this together!
Thank you Lord for giving us so many different skills and talents.
Please help us to always be proud of the great things that we can do and to remember to use our gifts wisely.
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Today we are going to spend some time thinking, reflecting and praying. We can sometimes be so busy looking after other people that we don’t remember to take care of ourselves. Today we are going to focus on ourselves and think about our own relationship with God.
Find a space where you are going to be comfortable. It might be lying down on the floor, curled up in a corner or even sat at your desk.
Close your eyes so that you are not distracted.
Breathe slowly and deeply so that you are calm and relaxed.
Press play on the music below and then scroll down to read the scripture below which will help us to start to think about ourselves.
May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!
Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.
In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.
(Philippians 4: 4-9)
First, we will think about what has happened in the past.
The scripture talks about being joyful but there are sometimes things that get in the way of that.
Is there anything you have done which has got in the way of you being a friend of Jesus? What has happened that has stopped you from being joyful?
Take some time now to think about this and to say sorry to God.
Now let’s think about the present.
If we need help or are worried about anything then we should turn to God for love, help and support.
Think about the things that you need. Think about the things that you worry about.
Take some time now to pray and to ask God for what you need.
It is important to look forward to the future and to aim to be the best people that we can be.
Saint Paul tells us to fill our minds with things that are good.
Think about how you can be a good person. Think about the things that you can do for yourself, think about the things that you can do for others and think about the things that you can do for God.
Although we are all individuals with our own unique identities we are all part of God’s family.
Jesus taught us that if we want to pray to God our Father then we should use the following words.
Join together as we say:
Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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Today’s video is thinking about our dreams and hopes for the future.
Listen carefully to the dreams of these people. Do you share any of the same dreams?
It’s not always easy to know who or what we want to be in the future because it seems like a long way away and we don’t know what our lives will be like then but it is still important to have goals and to aim to be something great and something that we really believe in.
Write a speech to say what your hopes and dreams are for the future.
It doesn’t have to be very long but try to include why those things are important to you.
Take some time in your Class to listen to each other’s speeches. Think about whether there is something you can do to achieve your dreams or even if there is something that you can do to help others to achieve their dreams.
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This week’s scripture gives clear instructions on how we ourselves should behave and act towards others.
A reading from the letter of St Paul 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. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.
The Word of the Lord
(Thanks be to God.)
(Colossians 3: 12-17)
There are a lot of things to think about from that piece of scripture.
Look through the scripture to find some of the things that you already do. Are you good at forgiving others? Do you sing songs?
Think about the things that you are not as good at. Find one thing from the scripture that you are going to make a special effort to do this term.
Write down the things that you are going to try harder at. You could write the word or action really big so you can display it in your classroom or you could have it on a small piece of paper to put in your tray to remind you how to behave.
Please help us Lord to make an extra special effort to be the people that you want us to be.
Help us to continue to do the things that we do well and help us to be even better people.