Spending time in prayer each day is really important and special as it can help us to feel closer to God. In our prayers we can reflect on the things that we are thankful for, sorry for or the things we would like some help with. God is always here to listen to us, no matter where we are or what we want to talk to him about!
There are lots of different prayers and resources that you can explore and participate in each week in your homes or at school. You can do these activities on your own or you can get your family involved too!
There are enough activities to do a different activity each day of the week- one day you might feel like exploring some scripture, one day you might feel like watching a video and on another day you might feel like learning a song! There are so many ways in which we can pray and explore our faith.
We hope you enjoy exploring the resources and have a great week!
Remember to comment in the comments box below to let us know how you are getting on 🙂
The word of the week is Witness!
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?
We are in our 6th week of Eastertide- let’s see what is going on in the Church’s calendar this week!
Join Tom from the Briars with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way. If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂
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. This is completely natural. Now we have just entered the season of Easter which is all about being joyful and giving praise and thanks to the Lord- how can we marry these two emotions together?
You can take part in the Big Schools Get Together on demand if you missed it! Get your pen and paper ready for a quiz!
Every Friday evening at 6pm, Naomi from The Briars hosts the Friday Night Live show with guests, games, reflection and prayer. You can join us live at 6pm or watch previous episodes on demand on NDCYS YouTube Channel. We hope to see you there at 6pm!
As Christians we are all called to be witnesses to the Gospel… in the words that we use, the way that we behave and through the love that we show to our neighbour. Being a witness is not always easy though and this week will give us the chance to reflect on how we can be a better witness.
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!
You can explore this scripture in your own Bibles if you have one at home or you can use the below links to search the scripture!
Our video resource this week helps us to understand what the word witness means and why it is linked to our faith and relationship with God!
A Witness is a person who sees something amazing and important!
There are so many witnesses in the Bible. People who see and experience God and share their experience with other people in the world! These witnesses help people get to know God and experience God themselves.
As the video explains, Moses is one of the many witnesses we hear about in the Bible. We hear a lot about Moses in the book of Exodus, in the Old Testament. Moses was a witness to God when God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and on Mount Sinia. Moses then shared all the good things he knew about God with everyone he met, including the ten commandments.
Which other Biblical characters can you think of that are witnesses of God?
Have a look through a Bible in your homes or search online for inspiration and comment as many witnesses as you can think of in the comments box below!
Help us to be a witness to you.
Help us to see you in our world and to see those in need.
Help us to listen to you and be guided by our faith every day.
To be the best witness possible we need to not only see and hear the Good News but 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:
a headline (title)
what details you think it is important to include
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.
Remember the resurrection is a joyful event so your article should explain why it is such an amazing and happy event to celebrate!
If you would like your article to appear on the Be Inspirational site then comment at the bottom of the page! You can email us your poster to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Our music resource this week is a song is called ‘Rescuer (Good News)’ and was created by one of our favourite Catholic bands called Rend Collective.
Did you know that the Gospel means “Good News”? And in the Gospels we hear all about the life of Jesus. Jesus is the Good News, he is our rescuer. He came down from heaven to rescue each one of us.
As the song says ‘There is good news for the captives. There is good news for the shamed. There is good news for the one who walked away. There is good news for the doubter, the one religion failed. The good Lord came to seek and save.’
It doesn’t matter who we are or where we come from, Jesus has come for every single one of us. He is a friend to us all.
It is our job, as Christians and witnesses of Jesus to share this good news.
Easter is brilliant because it is a time to be joyful and celebrate and share the Good News we hear in the Gospels!
Have a think about the different ways in which you can share the good news?
Listen to the song and join in with the lyrics once you get to know the tune!
We are strong and powerful followers of Jesus.
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?
Give me the strength and courage to be your witness.
May I always be true to myself and stand up for my faith and beliefs.
May I spread the Good News with the people I meet so that they may feel your love and joy in their lives.
Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
The Ascension of the Lord is a very important feast in the Catholic Church and is celebrated forty days after Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. The word “ascension” means “going up“. Today we celebrate Jesus ascending (going up) to heaven to be with God the Father.
We invite you to watch the short video below which tells us a bit more about the Ascension of the Lord! The story focuses on Jesus’ ascension after his resurrection and the message that he gave to his disciples right before he was taken to heaven. It also tells of the coming of the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus. Based on Acts 1:6-11; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24: 50-53; John 20:17.
Why not explore one or more of these scriptures in the Bible today?!
Before Jesus left them, Jesus promised his followers a great gift, what was it?
What are the symbols that we use to depict this?
Jesus tells his followers they are to be his witnesses and gave them a special job to do after he had gone, what was this mission?
Imagine you were present with the disciples when Jesus ascended to heaven. Close your eyes and picture the events and think about how you would feel if you were there.
Become a Missionary Disciple…This term, every school across the Nottingham Diocese will be exploring the theme ‘Missionary Discipleship’!
How can we play an active role in the wider community and be the face of Christ for others?
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”(Matthew 28:19)
Each week we are inviting you to take a Challenge from below!
Read a Bible story every weekend or ask a grown up to read one to you.
Tell your favourite Bible story to a friend or family member.
Ask a friend to share with you a Bible or religious story that is special to them.
Make a poster about Jesus and put it on your bedroom window so people can see it.
Learn the names of Jesus’ Twelve Disciples. Who is your favourite disciple and why?
Say a prayer for someone who is struggling, ill, or felling sad.
Find a new charity to help.
Ask for help to live stream a Mass. There are links to different Mass times and parishes on our home page!
Look for an opportunity every day to do an act of kindness for someone.
10. Be joyful – Jesus loves you!
One of our Chaplains – Joe is going to lead us through a type of prayer called meditation. This may be your first time doing meditation or you may have done it before.
Before you start the video, try and find a space in your house or garden in the quiet where you can relax. You may find it comfortable to sit down or you may want to lie down.
Listen to the words Joe is saying and spend some time in the quiet being still and knowing that God is with you.
Every week Issie (Lay chaplain at Trinity and Catherine McAuley Hub) is going to teach us a new song!