Last week we thought about community. Our House Act’s of Worship are always a great reminder of the power and importance of a strong community within school but how far does our community really go?
Jesus was once asked a question about how to enter the kingdom of heaven. He responded by saying that we need to love God and love our neighbour. The confused person in the story then asks him – ‘who is my neighbour?’ to which Jesus responds with a famous story – the story of the good samaritan. The story shows many people passing an injured stranger by and ignoring the needs of the injured man. Finally a samaritan (someone who was really unpopular at the time!) stops and helps him out. Jesus was saying that everybody is our neighbour because we are all part of God’s family.
Being a good neighbour means more then that just being nice to the people around us. It means realising that we are all connected and that we all have a responsibility to treat others, wherever they may be, with love and mercy.
The ‘Word of the Week’
Charity should start at home – We should look after our own family and friends before looking after people thousands of miles away that we’ve never met.
Each day you’ll be able to see what other people are thinking in the other forms and have a chance to respond with your thoughts/comments. Come back to the discussion each morning if you can!
Last week for our House Act’s of Worship we gave each year a different focus – one of the 7 corporal acts of mercy. This year, in the Year of Mercy, we are called to be good neighbours to everyone we meet and these simple actions are exactly the way to do it.
To remind you here is the list again!
- To feed the hungry. – Year 7
- To give drink to the thirsty. – Year 8
- To clothe the naked. – Year 9
- To shelter the homeless. – Year 10
- To visit the sick. – Year 11
- To visit the imprisoned. – Year 12
- To comfort the mourning. – Year 13
Spend some time this morning planning how you’re going to bring your ‘act’ to life. Remember we are going to check back on your progress in your next House act of Worship!
Leave your comments and ideas in the comments box to inspire other forms!
Lord, help us to understand what Mercy is. Amen.
Each day when you’ve finished your discussion/activities spend a few moments in silence to think about the day ahead.
If anybody has anything or anyone they would like to pray for then don’t be afraid to share this with everyone before your end your form time AoW.
You might even want to create a prayer box that you can put intentions into each week if you don’t feel like saying it out loud.
We begin with the Sign of the Cross
This whole term is about Networks and how we connect with those around us.
This week use the Key Process of “Numb3rs” to explore the following statistic:
How long, on average, does the average facebook user spend on the site in one day?
Lord, help us to understand how we connect with other people and to form positive and healthy relationships. Amen.
We finish with the Sign of the Cross
We begin with the Sign of the Cross
As you know, we are going to use the Scripture from this Sunday’s Gospel to reflect on every Friday. If you are in KS 3/4 You can use your planners to to help you understand the scripture.
This year we want to bring the Word of God to life on a Friday morning to help us reflect and understand scripture a little bit better, so with the help of our school community a different person each week will read our Gospel and share what it means to them. Use your planners to help you discuss and explore the story further.
Lord, help us to listen to and follow your word. Amen.
We finish with the Sign of the Cross.