Prayer Resources – Week 3

empathyLast week was a great chance to explore the idea of who we are as people. On Friday we saw that individuality when we wore our own clothes to school, but we weren’t just doing it for fun.

Friday’s non uniform reminded us that even though we are individuals we have a collective identity too – we belong to a school that is part of the Catholic church. We celebrated that identity by helping other people with the money we raised and showing other people about what we believe and who we follow.

It also helped us think about other people, which is something we don’t always do. This week were going to think about putting ourselves into other peoples shoes, understanding how other people live and realising how we can connect with them.

Monday

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We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Understanding other people isn’t always easy. Those people that understand us are often those people who love and care for us. In the book of Isaiah, we hear God say that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” God is telling us that he understands us and loves us for who we are.

Your big question for today is this:

Who understands you the best?

Talk through in pairs and then share your answers and see if there are any similarities.

Morning Prayer: Thank you for the people who understand us and love us for who we are. 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 someone been understanding to you today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

How well do we understand other people? It’s often got alot to do with empathy.

In case you’re not sure what that means – watch this!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_1Rt1R4xbM


Pick somebody from the list below and try to imagine how those people feel and what we can do to help them feel better.

  1. The Site Team
  2. The Office Staff
  3. The Teachers
  4. The Teaching Assistants
  5. The Kitchen Staff
  6. Support Staff

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us understand others and to care for them in the things we do. 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 empathised with someone today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

It’s time to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Your task for today is:

As a form make a list of all the things that you are experiencing at the moment. A new school, harder work, having to choose you options etc. It’ll be different for everyone.

Put that list inside the outline of a shoe (you can pick what sort!) and put your shoe in your window. That way when people walk around school today they’ll be able to understand a little bit better what people in different years are going through and be about to put themselves in your shoes.


Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to be more tolerant and to be thoughtful of what others are going through. 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 thought about how someone else was feeling this week?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today for out PSHCE we’re going to look at the question:

Do young people care about the world?

Use the Key Process of “Numb3rs” to explore the following questions.

How many young people (aged 18-24) voted in the last General Election? (Between 1-100%)

Answer at the bottom of the page!


Have a discussion as a class as to what that figure tells us and think about why the amount is what it is.

In St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he describes us as “One body with many parts” If we are part of a bigger body do we have a responsibility to the other people we are connected to?

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us take responsibility for the world around us. 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 seen something today that you want to change?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross.

On a Friday we always reflect on Scripture and this week we are going to look the scripture we heard a quote from yesterday – one body with many parts. If this week is all about understanding and caring for other people then this piece of scripture shows perfect how we can do it.

This is from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians Chapter 12

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

What does this mean for us today? Write your answers in the comments box below

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to play our part and be there for the people who need us the most. 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 helped someone today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Numb3rs Answer

44% of Young people turned out to vote!

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