To be a witness involves two things. The first is seeing something happen that you remember and that has an effect on you. The second is telling others about what you have seen. The first disciples were witness to the resurrection and to Jesus’ ascension which we celebrate this week, but we too can be witness to Christ when we recognise him at work in our world. The question is, how will you tell others what you’ve seen so that the Good News continues to be heard?

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    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

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    This week you will be set a new missionary discipleship task, complete it and send it to Vicki: for it to feature on ‘Friday Night Live’.

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    As Christians we are encouraged to be ‘Missionary Disciples’ which means to go out in the world and actively spread the good news.

    However, at the moment we are living very different times to normal, by staying home and not going out into the world we are saving lives and keeping ourselves and the people around us safe.

    So how can we be Missionary Disciples from our homes?

    Even though our Churches are closed, we can still be the Church. Even though we must stay at home and social distance, there are still ways we can keep connected and spread the Good News. Good luck with this weeks task 🙂

    This week’s song asks a very important question: ‘Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?’

    Listen very carefully to the lyrics to hear some of the people who are witnesses to God and if you didn’t quite hear them then check the lyrics below.

    Get ready for the big finish when they come to the end of the song!!

    Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?
    Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?
    Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?
    Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?
    Oh, I’ll be a witness for my Lord.
    I’ll be a witness for my Lord.
    I’ll be a witness for my Lord.
    I’ll be a witness for my Lord.There was a man of the Pharisees,
    His name was Nicodemus and he didn’t believe.
    The same came to Christ by night,
    Wanted to be taught out of human sight.
    Nicodemus was a man who desired to know
    How a man can be born when he is old.
    Christ told Nicodemus as a friend,
    “Man you must be born again.
    (He said) Marvel not, man, if you want to be wise,
    Repent, believe, and be baptized,”
    Then you’ll be a witness for my Lord.
    You’ll be a witness for my Lord.
    You’ll be a witness for my Lord,
    Soul is a witness for my Lord.You read about Samson, from his birth
    He was the strongest man that ever lived on earth.
    Way back yonder in ancient times
    He killed ten thousand of the Philistines.
    Then old Samson went a-wand’rin’ about.
    Samson’s strength was never found out.
    ‘Til his wife sat upon his knee.
    She said, “Tell me where your strength lies, if you please!”
    Well, old Samsons’s wife she talk so fair
    Samson said, “Cut off a my hair! Cut it off!
    Shave my head just as clean as your hand,
    and my strength will come like a natural man,”
    Samson was a witness for my Lord.
    Samson was a witness for my Lord.
    Samson was a witness for my Lord,
    Soul is a witness for my Lord.There’s another witness,
    There’s another witness,
    There’s another witness,
    There’s another witness,
    There’s another witness,
    There’s another witness,
    There’s another witness for my Lord!
    My soul is a witness for my Lord!

    Think about the question that the song asks, will you be a witness for the Lord?What was good about the witnesses in the song?

    What other witnesses can you think of and what qualities did they have?

    It is often in difficult times that we have to answer the question of whether we will be a faithful witness of God.

    Take some time in prayer to think about the challenges that you might face in being a good witness and ask God for the strength to stay faithful.

    We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    To be good witnesses we need to be alert to what is happening around us.

    If the disciples and prophets who wrote many of the books in the Bible hadn’t been observant then we wouldn’t know as much as we do about God and His great works!

    Look at the two images below and see how many differences you can spot. Are you observant enough to notice them all?

    When you have finished add the differences that you found, along with your name, into the comments box at the bottom of the page and next week we will see who has been the most observant!

    In 2018 there was an opportunity to witness a event that does not happen very often – Football world cup final.

    The video below gives a summary of what happened on the day

    Can you give a witness account of what happened on that day?Share your experiences in the comments box below. What is the same? What is different?

    When we have the chance to be a witness it is a great privilege because not everyone will have had our experience.

    As a witness we have the task of sharing our experience with others. How have you shared your experiences with others? Will you make an effort to be a good witness so that others can share your experiences too?

    In the Acts of the Apostles it says:

    With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God poured rich blessings on them all.

    Acts 4: 33

    We are strong and powerful when we do God’s work and God will reward us if we work hard to do the right thing to please Him.

    Think about your role as a witness.

    What have you witnessed that you will share with others?

    What do you hope to witness in your life?

    How will you share the events that you witness?

    How will you be a witness for God?

    Please help us Lord to be observant and to notice the things around us.

    Help us to react in the right way so that we help those in need, protect those in danger and are thankful for the gifts that we have received.




    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Every Wednesday The Briars Youth Service are leading us through a series called ‘Making sense of it all’.

    During this uncertain time, it can be easy to get worked up and anxious about what is happening in the world. Now we have entered the season of Easter and that’s all about being joyful and giving praise and thanks to the Lord- how can we marry these two emotions together?

    Watch the video below and think about how we can find joy in these difficult circumstances? As Christians, as how can we be the joy in other people’s lives who are struggling?

    Although our routines and where we spend our time are very different, we are still the same people and we have the same needs to keep connected with one another, to love and look after one another.

    To be a good witness it’s not enough just to see and hear what happens and to remember it – you have to brave enough to tell others about it, even if it is shocking and surprising news!The disciples and the people who believed what they said about witnessing the resurrection made sure that they would be able to continue to spread this message by writing it down and recording it and it is these words that we hear at every Mass when the Gospel is read.

    Your task is to create a newspaper article to tell more people about the resurrection of Jesus.

    You’ll need to think about:The_Resurrection004-clipart

    • a headline (title)
    • what details you think it is important to include
    • what happened
    • what was said
    • how the people felt

    If you need to find out more then you can research what is written in the Gospels by reading these references below.

    Matthew 28

    Mark 16

    Luke 24

    John 20

    Remember the resurrection is a joyful event so your article should explain why it is such an amazing and happy event to celebrate.


    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Don’t forget to submit your missionary discipleship work to feature in tomorrows ‘Friday Night Live’ with Naomi!

    Jesus had taught His disciples a lot before His death on the cross but they didn’t quite understand what it meant when it happened.After Jesus rose from the dead He appeared to His disciples many times. The scripture below is from Luke’s Gospel and is just after Jesus appeared to some of His followers who were walking on the road to Emmaus.

    Read the Gospel below and then watch the video to help you to understand what it would have been like to witness Jesus appearing after He had risen from the dead.

    Before you listen to the Gospel you might like to celebrate the joy of Easter by singing a Gospel Acclamation. We do this by singing ‘Alleluia‘ so choose one that you know and sing loud!

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

    (Glory to you O Lord.)

    Then he said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.”

    Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.”

    The Gospel of the Lord.

    (Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

    What emotions do you think the disciples went through when Jesus appeared to them?What do you think Jesus wanted the disciples to do as witnesses of the resurrection?

    What do you think Jesus was talking about when He said ‘the power from above comes down upon you‘?

    Being a witnesses to the Good News and the resurrection isn’t about knowing all the answers all of the time but it’s about having faith and believing in Jesus.Think about how you can be a good witness. Is it through your behaviour? Your words? Your actions? Your faith?


    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    How easy is it to miss something going on right in front of us?

    Think about the things in our world that happen every day that we do not notice. What situations in our world need more attention?

    Lord, help us to see you in our world and to see those in need. Amen


    John 20: 19-20

    It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord.

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Are you afraid of anyone finding out about your faith or do you stand up and share what you believe in? Do you put your trust in what others say or wait until you see the evidence?

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    Every week Issie (Lay chaplain at Trinity and Catherine McAuley Hub) is going to teach you a new song!

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.


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