Mental Health Awareness Week – 2021/22

Mental Health Awareness Week

For the next few months we are going to have mini Acts of Worship in our forms as we can’t get into the Hall. It will either be a recorded Act of Worship or a script for you to read and follow. If it’s a script, open each section in order and read it through, choosing a different person to lead each section!

Today we are going to have an Act of Worship based on Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme of loneliness. Your tutor has been sent the PowerPoint this morning, so they will need to open their email from Issie and download it if they haven’t already. The script is in the notes section on each slide.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Yesterday we looked at the Act of Worship based on Mental Health Awareness Week. If you haven’t already done that, please go and do so now! Today we are going to have a bit more of a think about loneliness and what it means.

We all feel lonely at times. Spend some time either in pairs or as a form discussing times when you have felt lonely. Can you pluck up the courage to share with others? Or maybe even just put your hands up if you’ve ever felt lonely. You’ll be amazed at how many people have felt the same way (if you’re all honest!).

Let us pray together:

Heavenly Father, I need your comfort as I am feeling lonely. Help me to remember that you see me even when others don’t. Be with me through this trial I am going through. Help me understand that I am going through this for a reason and that you will see me through this; that I can conquer this because you are with me. Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today we are going to focus on mindfulness. Mindfulness is the skill of paying attention to what is happening in your mind and body right now, without judgement. When practicing mindfulness, we can use one or all five of our senses: touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing.
Thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations can come and go – try not to get caught up in these thoughts and feelings, but simply notice them passing through your mind. This mindfulness exercise is an example of how we can use our senses to draw our focus away from unhelpful distractions.

(TEACHER TO LEAD)

Take a moment to relax your body in the chair. As you take a couple of deep breaths in, notice how your body feels. [PAUSE]

Do you feel tense or stiff anywhere in particular? If so, try to gently stretch out that body part, feeling the tension release as you breathe out. [PAUSE]

I am going to guide you through a short mindfulness exercise. If you feel comfortable, you can close your eyes, or focus on a point in front of
you. Take a deep breath in through your nose for three seconds, 1, 2, 3… and out through your mouth for three seconds, 1, 2, 3.Let your breathing settle into its natural rhythm and bring your awareness to this, feel your body rise and fall. [PAUSE]

We are going to guide our attention to our sense of hearing, focusing on one sound – the sound of tapping. I will begin by tapping out a beat (use a table to tap out soft, slow beats). Draw all your attention to this beat. [PAUSE]

Once ready, try and copy the beat by tapping on your lap. You may notice other sounds around you, or thoughts popping into your mind. That’s ok. Let them pass through your mind, without judgement, and refocus your attention back on the tapping. [PAUSE]

You may notice the tapping beat change. Listen carefully and try to match your tapping to the beat. I will change the beat now. (Change the beat, remember to keep to a simple and slow beat.

Keep going with the beat for a few moments). [PAUSE]

Listen to the beat change now. (Change the beat). [PAUSE]

Continue to focus on the beat for a few more moments. (Gradually slow the beat right down until a stop).

Now bring your focus back to your breath, and take a couple of deep breaths in.

Breathe in…1,2,3…Breathe out …1, 2, 3. [PAUSE]

When you are ready, open your eyes and return to the room.

We often practice these things without realising it. We also try to do guided reflections within liturgies at school to remind ourselves that God can also help us with our mindfulness and wellbeing.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This weeks scripture video is brought to us by Tom from the Briars and another special guest.

Let us pray…

Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd. You know each of us and You call us by name to serve You in faith. Help us to respond generously to Your voice.

Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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