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EasterHappy Easter! Hopefully you all had a brilliant holiday and a brilliant Easter. It’s such an amazing time where we remember the single most important event ever! With that in mind, the focus of our form time AOW this week and for the next few weeks are all about celebration! Lent is a very reflective time which helps up prepare, but Eastertide is a time for celebrating that Jesus is alive and that because of him we can have new life too! In our PSHCE we are going to be looking at “Right and wrong” which again links with the Easter theme of Jesus’ ressurcetion freeing us from the things we’ve done wrong.

Your job then, over the next few weeks, is to celebrate and be happy! Whether you’re celebrating the end of Yr 11 of Yr 13 or just celebrating that fact that the sun is shining a bit more, make sure you find a reason to be happy an enjoy these next few weeks because rejoicing is what we are called to do!

Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have  a look at this:

httpv://youtu.be/ZJpHP2Cv-T8

Light can be incredibly powerful, especially if there was once darkness.

The Easter Triduum concludes with the Easter Vigil on the night before Easter Sunday. The first part of that incredible liturgy is the ‘liturgy of light’. During this time the pascal fire is lit and blessed, then the pascal candle is lit from the fire to bring light back into the church (which is in complete darkness). This is to show that the darkness is over and Jesus is alive and risen from the dead.

Light in the darkness can have a really powerful effect. When light is brought into an empty space it brings life and hope.

St Francis of Assisi famously said that:

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”

Easter reminds us that the light of the world – Jesus – can never be extinguished no matter how dark things get. All of us have a responsibility to bring that light to others so just for a few moments think about how you are going to bring light to others this week.

Lord, help us to let your light shine. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you done something to lighten up someone’s day?

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. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

AlleluiaDuring Lent there is a word omitted from all the liturgies in church. It’s the word – Alleluia!

The first time that word appears again in liturgy is again during the Easter Vigil. The word means “praise God” and is essentially the most joyful word we have in the liturgy so not using it for the season of Lent shows us just how much we have to celebrate at Easter.

Your job is to make an “Alleluia” Sign for your form room windows but inside (or around the letters) you need to think of things beginning with those letters that bring you joy! For example you might pick “Awesome teachers!” for A or “Laughing so hard that you cry” for L and so on! The idea is that when people see the signs all around school they’ll be reminded of just how many things we have to be joyful for this Easter!

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to find joy in our lives. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Has something brought you joy today?

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. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Forgiveness was a key theme of Lent but over the Easter holidays a story broke about a member of parliament who’s found it hard to find the forgiveness of others.

Using the Key Process of “Breaking News” discuss the news story below (You can download and print off the word file if you want copies for everybody!)

Do you think she did the right thing? Should she have resigned or should she have been forgiven?

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to understand our world and the difference between right and wrong. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you made any good decisions today?

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. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nV_5Heqw5g

It seems only right that we should focus on the resurrection for our scripture this week. In Matthew’s account below think about the reaction of the different characters. Think particularly about the end of the passage. Here Jesus gives his commandment to go and spread the good news – it says that “Some doubted.” Why do you think the disciples found it hard to believe? Do we have the same struggle? Write your comment in the comments box below.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them,“Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him awaywhile we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to find the courage to believe. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.


Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

What do you believe in?

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. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.