Youth – The Becket (20th – 24th Nov)

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We are in the 33rd week of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar

The Liturgical colour is Green 

The Word of the Week this week is…

Youth

Young people have a vital role to play in the life of the Church and in the world. They offer hope, inspiration and courage. In the scripture, Jesus tells us that we are all called to be young in our outlook, faith and our attitude. We can see in young people an example of how to live life to the full. Make the effort to have a positive and youthful attitude this week. Help others to see hope in difficult situations.

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Acts of Worship

Monday – form prayer

Tuesday – form prayer

Wednesday – form prayer

Thursday Whole School Live Streamed Act of Worship (to be accessed via the Be Inspirational prayer resources) 

Friday – form prayer

 

Form Tutors

Please make sure that you have watched this video with your forms.

 

Form Tutors – Please Read

Please click on the link below using your Becket email (otherwise the link will not work). Please read the top of the page of the google doc, find your tutor group and amend the list where applicable. Please do this on Monday and/or Tuesday form time. We need to have a finalised list by Tuesday morning. Thank you.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CsiNy9wJF2-VB92HHN65ABFZJz4EjWnNDT0fmQd6zOw/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

Youth Mass

On Saturday 25th November there is a Mass at Holy Spirit Church in West Bridgford for all youth! There will be a Mass and then a gathering after Mass with pizza and games! It doesn’t matter if you are from the Annunciation parish or not, all young people are invited and very welcome to join the celebration – bring your friends!

There are lots of jobs for young people to help lead. If you can help with reading, greeting, serving, singing or playing an instrument in the band with Beth Richards (who previously worked at the Briars and is now a Trust chaplain) please see Ruth in the chapel or ask your form tutor to pass your name on.

 

Year 10 House Boards Competition

Year 10 tutors – please read the email sent from Ruth with instructions for the year 10 Chapel House Boards. The theme is Advent and the deadline is Tuesday 2nd December!

 

Year 8 Philosophy Competition

Year 8 tutors, please view the poster below to find out more about Becket’s Young Philosophers Competition.

Deadline is Friday 1st December and there are Amazon gift card vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

 

This week’s Becket Way theme of the week is…

Self Control

The word control means you have power to influence something. We have control over our thoughts and judgments, depending on how we think, we may get upset, sad or angry. To be happy we need to not worry about the things that are outside of our control such as other people’s actions or rules that we cannot change. Instead we need to focus on changing what is in your power, such as our thoughts, opinions and reactions. It is important not to complain but instead think your way through difficulties. Giving into anger is weakness, self-control is strength. The more you practice self-control the better you get at self-regulating your actions. Self-control breeds success.

Share with your tutor group:

What does the word mean?

Why is it important to how we do things at The Becket?

How does self-control help you be more successful?

Tutors – Please make sure that you have read the notices tab with your tutor groups  (there are a few new ones!) and please make sure to have made changes to the Chaplaincy Team list google doc that can be found under the notices tab and has been emailed by Ruth.

 

As always, we start our day in prayer, remembering that we meet in the presence of God.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

The word of the week is youth. You have 30 seconds to tell the person next to you, what is special about young people and children? Or what do you enjoy about being a young person? (e.g. children are funny, children are creative!)

What words came up in your discussions? Why are young people so special and amazing? Please comment some of your thoughts in the comments box!

 

Today we are going to watch another episode from the David Wells series ‘Bad ideas about Holiness’ (David works as a motivational speaker, he also worked at The Briars on his gap year when he was 18!)

This week we are celebrating youth and recognising just how important young people are in our churches. Hopefully you would describe children and young people as playful, fun and joyful but sometimes people have the idea that ‘Church is for serious people’. Although Jesus tackled some serious topics in his ministry, Jesus encourages us to be cheerful, happy and child-like in our faith and outlook on life.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-3

 

In the video, David reminds us that joy is at the centre of our faith and churches, and often children and young people are the source of joy for people. You have power – think about how you can have a positive and playful attitude this week and bring joy to other people’s lives.

 

Let us pray…

We pray for all young people that they recognise their power, influence, importance and just how special they are to the world. May all young people know that they are a gift to the world and they loved so much by God. 

Amen. 

 

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Tutors – Please make sure that you have read the notices tab with your tutor groups  (there are a few new ones!) and please make sure to have made changes to the Chaplaincy Team list google doc that can be found under the notices tab and has been emailed by Ruth. Today is the deadline to make changes.

 

As always, we start our day in prayer, remembering that we meet in the presence of God.

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

On Wednesday, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Cecelia, the patron saint of music and the patron saint of our music department.

St Cecilia was born in the 2nd century in Rome, and although she came from a rich family, she cared for everyone, no matter what their social status was. She taught hundreds of people about God and inspired many people to become Christians. When the governor heard what she was doing, he sentenced her to death. It is believed that St Cecilia was praising God through song when she was killed. The liturgical colour on Wednesday, for her feast day will be red as Cecelia is a martyr. She was killed because she had a strong faith and stood up for what she believed in.

 

 

Discuss in partners and in your form groups:

What are your favourite worship songs?

What songs would you like to sing at school?

Please click on the google link below and share your favourite hymns!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YGcgSIwmey4OeWM52FOFlrE0QfOPO7BU1zlTh4rnAPw/edit?usp=sharing

If you have time, spend some time this morning listening to form’s favourite hymn.

 

We pray…

Heavenly Father, help us to serve you through our gifts and talents.

Amen. 

Saint Cecelia, pray for us. 

 

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Prayer Journals

Leader/Young person: “We enter into a time of prayer as we make the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

In August 2023, Lisbon in Portugal hosted World Youth Day and in this celebration Pope Francis had a message for all young people.

Pope Francis said:

(Say your form groups name e.g. 7R…..)

“……….You are not here by accident. The Lord has called you, not only in these days, but from the very beginning of your days. He called you by name. Let us listen to the word of God that called us by name. Try to imagine these three words written in large letters. Then consider that they were written within you, on your hearts, as if setting the direction of your lives, the meaning of who you are: you have been…..

called

by

name

Each of us is called by name. You, you and you, all of us here, myself included: all of us have been called by name. Not impersonally, but by name. Think of this: Jesus called me by name. His words are inscribed in our hearts, and we come to realize that they are written in the hearts of every one of us, as a kind of title that tells people who we are, who you are. 

You have been called by name.”

Prayer Journals

In your prayer journals, write your name in a decorative way at the top of your page.

Then, write three words to describe you:

“I am …………………..”

“I am …………………..”

“I am …………………..”

 

Using kind words only, ask a friend, peer or your form tutor, how would they describe you?

Write: “You are …………………..”

 

Pope Francis says: “At the beginning of the story of our lives, before any talents we may have, before any shadows or wounds we may be carrying in our hearts, we were called.

Why? Because we are loved. This is something beautiful. In God’s eyes, we are precious children, and he calls us each day in order to embrace and encourage us, to make of us a unique and original masterpiece. Each of us is an “original”, whose beauty we can only begin to glimpse.”

 

How does Pope Francis say that GOD describes you?

Write: “God says I am……………………………………………………………………..”

 

Pope Francis says:

“Let us help each other to recognize this reality: may these days be vibrant echoes of God’s call of love, for we are precious in God’s eyes, despite the fact that sometimes our own eyes are dimmed by negativity and dazzled by distractions….Let these be days when we fully realize in our hearts that we are loved just as we are. Not as we want to be, but as we are now. This is the starting point of our lives.”

 

Discuss with your partner…

What makes it difficult for you/other people to believe that they are a precious and loved master piece?

 

Discuss with your partner, share ideas as a form and write your answers down in your prayer journals….

How can you help others to recognise that they are loved and precious to God, just the way they are?

 

 

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father, thank you for your never ending love. Help us to build one another up and use kind words so that we and our peers can know that we are loved by God just the way we are. Not as we want to be, but just the way we are. 

Amen. 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

 

ALL FORM TUTORS – before watching the Act of Worship, please click on the link below. If there are students listed in your form on the google doc, please tell these students that they need to meet in the hall after registration on Friday where they will take part in some chaplaincy team training, planning and a commissioning service.

If students have any questions or if they no longer wish to commit to being in the team, please make a comment on the live google doc (e.g. remove their name) and/or ask them to see Ruth if they are not sure. Thank you.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S0loYdmlWx0rnU044nroXSTdWvyLWkKvFs3-LEjTqc0/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

Chaplaincy Team Training Day – Please can the students on the new chaplaincy team list go to the hall after form time. Thank you.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CsiNy9wJF2-VB92HHN65ABFZJz4EjWnNDT0fmQd6zOw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Leader/Young person: “Let us begin our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

On Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, a very important feast day in the Church and our final Sunday before we begin the season of Advent in the following week!

Today we are going to listen to the Gospel reading that will be read at Mass this weekend…please start the video below from 3 minutes. The video is quite child-like but the scripture and reflection is still relevant, no matter what age we might be.

World Youth Sunday always falls on Christ the King Sunday and there will be different ways our parish churches will be celebrating youth day.

Here’s a final reminder that you can join the parish of the Annunciation’s youth Mass that is taking place on Saturday at 3:00pm in Holy Spirit Church in WB – everyone is welcome!

Youth Mass

On Saturday 25th November there is a Mass at Holy Spirit Church in West Bridgford for all youth! There will be a Mass and then a gathering after Mass with pizza and games! It doesn’t matter if you are from the Annunciation parish or not, all young people are invited and very welcome to join the celebration – bring your friends!

There are lots of jobs for young people to help lead. If you can help with reading, greeting, serving, singing or playing an instrument, please see Ruth today and arrive at the Church between 2:00pm and 2:30pm.

 

As we celebrate youth this week, let us hold one another in our hearts this morning as we pray our school prayer together…

 

Leader/Young person: “We end our prayer by making the Sign of the Cross.”

All: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

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