Transformation is a big word and it explains how we can change from one thing into something which is hopefully a bit better. Our Music Resource gives us a great example of how we can transform ourselves into a confident person just by letting go of our worries that hold us back.
The Picture Resource makes us think about how we can transform things so that they become more useful. By changing energy into electricity we can make a big difference but we can do this in our own lives too.
Our Action will test our creative thinking because, by following the example of the Transformers we have the task of creating gadgets which will help and protect others!
Finally, our Scripture Resource helps us to think about how we can transform our lives so that we use them to do good things which serve God.
Think about the changes that you can make in your life so that you become a better person who is more like 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!
This week’s song is one that many of you will know very well from the Disney film Frozen!
In this song we hear that by changing our attitude we can transform ourselves into the person that we want to be.
Listen carefully to the lyrics and think about the transformation that takes place.
How did Elsa feel at the start of the song? What were some of the problems that she faced?
How did Elsa change her attitude? What worries did she let go of?
How did Elsa transform as a person? How did Elsa feel about herself at the end of the song?
Transformation sounds like a big process where we have to put in lots of hard work to change the person that we are but actually it may be as simple as letting go of fears and worries.
Worries and concerns can hold us back and sometimes the best way to move forward is simply to let them go and to become more confident in the person that we truly are instead of worrying about what other people think of us.
Is there anything that you worry about?
What could you do to help you with those worries? Remember, whenever you have a worry you can always talk about it with a member of staff, or another adult that you trust.
What holds you back from being a confident person?
How could you become more confident and let go of any worries or fears that you have?
Please help us Jesus to let go of the things that hold us back and make us worry.
Help us to change and transform ourselves into people who are confident and proud of the way that we live our lives by following the Gospel.
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One transformation that we use every day is energy!
There are lots of different types of energy which we transform into electricity so that we can turn the lights on, charge our phones and watch our televisions.
Look at the pictures below and try to work out what the different types of energy are and where the energy comes from.
If clever scientists didn’t transform the sun and wind and waves into energy then we wouldn’t be able to use that energy for electricity.
We all have the potential to use our energy to do the good things that Jesus has asked us to do but we have to use the gifts that we have been given.
For example, we have ears but we can make them so much more! We can use our ears to hear the Word of God. We can use our ears to listen to those in need. We can use our ears to listen for God’s call.
Click on the images below and think about how you can transform them and use them for Jesus’ work.
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Have you heard of Transformers? Can you describe what they are?
Transformers are toys that change so that you have two completely different toys in the same object!
For example look at the Transformer ‘Optimus Prime’ below. This transformer is both a truck and the lead ‘Autobot’ who wants to protect the other Autobot Transformers.
Being able to transform something can make it twice as good and it can be very useful in a tricky situation!
We are all called by God to do good and to show love to our neighbour but we could use a helping hand!
Today you are going to use your imagination to come up with some useful gadgets and items that transform to create something that will help us to do good.
Draw a diagram of your gadget and label it so that we can see what amazing things it helps you to do.
You could have a bag which carries food for the homeless which transforms into a boat if it floods or a computer with a secret app which gives compliments to others to make them feel better.
Be creative and remember to try to do good!
Post your ideas in the comments box at the bottom of the page so that we can all share in your creative ideas of how to do good.
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This week’s scripture is longer than usual because if is a full chapter from St Paul’s letter to the Romans!
In the second verse St Paul tells the Romans (and us!) to let God transform us and he goes on to give lots of advice on how to do that.
Share reading the scripture amongst you and try to think about how you can let God transform your life.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans.
So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you. 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. 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.
Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.
Ask God to bless those who persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise.
If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.
The Word of the Lord.
(Thanks be to God.)
There is a lot to reflect on in that Chapter from the book of Romans. To help understand it better split into small groups and focus on a section of the scripture each.
Each group should prepare a scripture reflection on your part of the scripture. You could do this by creating a poem, some writing, a piece of artwork, some drama or a song.
Help other people to understand what Saint Paul is teaching us so that each of us can allow God to change us and transform us.
Help us Lord to be open to You and to allow You to change us so that we can do Your great work.