This week is all about unity and that means we are thinking about friendship and how we come together as a family of God.
Our Music Resource will remind us that ‘We’re all in this together’ and we must be united in the friendship that we can see in our Picture Resource.
There are lots of Actions to remind us of the Christian unity that we share with others all around the world.
The Video Resource and Scripture Resource look at the unity that Jesus wanted for all of His followers and reminds us of what we can do to help us when we struggle with this by saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Throughout the week think of how you can be a better friend who is united with others.
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!
Unity is about coming together and making each other stronger and that’s what this song is all about!
You may recognise it from the film High School Musical.
In the song they talk about a team called ‘Wild Cats’, what teams are you a part of?
How do you support others in your teams?
Have you ever achieved something as part of a team?
How do others help you when you work together?
To work together well as a team you must think about others as well as yourself. Think about some ways that you could do this.
Help us Lord to work well in a team.
Help us to be generous and to give our time and support to others.
Click here for the Picture Resource
Look carefully at these images of unity.
Which is your favourite image of unity?
What does it tell you about unity and friendship with others?
What do you think is important about being united with others?
We can be united with others by treating them as our friends.
Think about the ways that you can be a good friend to those who are around you.
Make it your mission to be united with others and to be a good friend to those who need you.
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When we gather together in church for a special celebration there are things that we do to prepare ourselves.
Try some of the actions below and see if you know why we do them as we gather together.
Remember that these actions are things that Christians all over the world do and they are outward signs of respect and unity with one another.
When we gather together in a Church we start by making sure that we are quiet when we enter that holy place.
Why do we do this?
Although there are lots of times during our celebrations when we make noise, such as singing and speaking, there are also times when we are very quiet.
We should be quiet when we enter a holy space in case someone is praying because we shouldn’t disturb their time with God. A holy space should be peaceful so that everyone has a chance to think and to pray.
Try to be quiet next time you enter a holy space and take some time to pray in a peaceful place.
Follow the instructions in this picture. What is this action called?
It can be a bit tricky to remember what to do, even though it is a sign that we use every time we gather together so here are some top tips:
Use your right hand.
When you move your hand to your shoulders make sure you go across your body first.
The words are just as important as the actions so don’t forget to say them!
We use the sign of the cross to remind ourselves that Jesus loved us so much that He died for us. Next time you make the sign of the cross remember that you are loved!
Have you ever seen something in a church that looks like this picture?
What is it called?
What is inside it?
The picture here shows a holy water stoup which is usually by the entrance to the church.
When people gather together and enter the church they dip their hand into the holy water and make the sign of the cross.
If you have holy water in school try blessing yourselves now. If not you could practise with a cup of water, or make the sign of the cross without the water.
The man in this picture shows a genuflection.
This action shows respect and adoration.
There are two times when this is used:
1. In Church in front of the Tabernacle where the body of Christ is.
2. In front of the cross on Good Friday.
Practise genuflecting by placing your right knee on the floor
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It is not always easy to stay united together and it can be difficult to work with others.
Jesus taught us what to do in the times when we find things difficult and need help.
Jesus teaches that we should pray and ask for help when we need it.
He taught his followers The Lord’s Prayer. Read this prayer below.
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.
This prayer is a prayer that everyone can share in because it doesn’t use words like ‘me’ or ‘I’ but instead uses words such as ‘us’ and ‘our’.
This prayer means that we can pray for ourselves and each other using the words that Jesus taught us.
Take some time to think about the things that you would like to pray for and then say the Lord’s Prayer together to pray for your needs and the needs of your community.
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This week’s Scripture is a prayer that Jesus prayed to God the Father for His disciples.
It is also a prayer for each of us because we are ‘those who believe in me because of their message’.
See if you can work out what Jesus is praying for.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
(Glory to you O Lord.)
“I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message. I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me. I gave them the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one: I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me.
The Gospel of the Lord.
(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)
(John 17: 20-23)
Find a partner and discuss what you think Jesus was praying for.
What do you think it means when Jesus says ‘may they be one’?
When we all work together we can achieve more than if we work against one another.
Jesus is praying that not only the disciples will be united together but also that we will be united as people who have followed the words and example of the disciples.
How can you be better at working with others?
How could you be better at communicating?
Could you encourage and help others more?
Help us Jesus to work together and to be united in your name.
Help us to communicate well and to help each other when we see a friend in need.