Welcome back everyone and Happy Easter! We hope you had a great Easter break full of relaxing, enjoying the sunshine and doing lots of fun and creative things.

Two Sunday’s ago we celebrated Easter Sunday, the most important celebration within our faith – the resurrection of Jesus! We are now in Eastertide and that means it’s time to party! We celebrate the season of Easter by using a word we don’t use during Lent – Alleluia! The word simply means “Praise the Lord” and it’s a reminder that at this time of year we should be rejoicing and celebrating that Jesus is risen.

Think this week about what makes you want to celebrate and think about how you can show the world the joy of the resurrection.

 

It is really important that we spend some time in prayer every day. This can help us to feel closer to God and can also help us 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. 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 🙂

 

 

It’s the second week of Eastertide, so let’s find out what’s going on 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 🙂

 

Making sense of it all- Finding the Joy 

 

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!

If you would like to reflect on some more of the scriptures related to the theme of New Life 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!

Or if you have a Bible in your homes, use it to look up the different scripture references.

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!

2 Peter 3:18

Philippians 3:12-14

Matthew 18:1-35

Romans 12:21

Philippians 1:6

Easter is a time of joy and celebration which is why this week’s music is such a happy song!

This song is called My Redeemer Lives and it is about the joy that we share in, knowing that Jesus rose from the dead.

The lyrics are on the screen so join in once you pick up the tune.

Which is your favourite line in the song? Why?

Why do you think Easter is a time of great joy?

When Jesus rose from the dead He conquered death. This means that Jesus can save us so that death is not the end but instead it is the beginning of a life in heaven with God.

Take some time (in quiet or whilst you listen to the song again), to think about what it means to have the hope of a life with God in heaven.

 

Thank you Jesus for the great sacrifice that you made for us.

Please help us to lead good lives so that we can one day join you in Your Kingdom of Heaven.

Amen.

 

Where there is New Life we have the opportunity to help and to nurture it.

Look at the pictures below and think about how you would help these new lives.

What would they need to eat/ drink?

Where would they need to live?

How could you help them to grow?

God made us stewards of the Earth which means that we should take care of the plants, animals and people that are a part of it.

When we see New Life in the world we should take care of it and encourage it to grow so that we are fulfilling our call to take care of the Earth.

This may mean feeding animals and giving plants water but it also means that we should protect the environment that they live in and make sure that they are not damaged by the effects of Climate Change.

Thank you Lord for the New Life that you bring into the world everyday.

Help us to be good stewards who take care of the Earth and to respect the lives that you have created.

Amen.

 

Below is the scripture which describes the morning that Jesus’ followers discovered that Jesus had gone from the tomb.

Read it carefully and think about the different emotions that the followers of Jesus would have been feeling.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

(Glory to you O Lord.)

Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.)

The Gospel of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

(John 20: 1-9)

This week’s Action is all about bringing this piece of scripture to life!

Think of some ways to interpret this scripture and to reflect upon it. You could do this through drama, art, music, liturgical dance, poetry – be creative!

When you have spent some time on your reflections, share it with your family!

If you have time then video your reflections or photograph them so that we can add your reflections to the Be Inspirational site for all of the Schools across our Trust to see!

 

In this video clip from the Disney film ‘The Lion King‘ Mufassa explains the circle of life to his son Simba.

He tells Simba that Death and New Life are connected, just as each one of us is connected.

After His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven both body and soul (as Mary His Mother did too).

But, for the rest of us, when we die our bodies will become earth for plants to grow in and eventually plants that animals such as antelope will one day eat – just as it says in the video clip. We will help to bring New Life even when we are not alive!

 

In this scripture from the first letter of Saint Peter we can see how Jesus’ death gives us the hope of New Life.

A reading from the first letter of Saint Peter.

You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood.

May grace and peace be yours in full measure.

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away.

The Word of the Lord.

(Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.)

(1 Peter 1: 2-4)

As the scripture says, through Jesus’ death, we are given New Life because Jesus conquered death so that we could have life with God in heaven.

This gives us great hope because death is not the end, it is the beginning of a New Life in the presence of God!

Take some time to reflect and think about those who are already sharing in a New Life with God.

Take some time to offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for the opportunity that we have to share in a New Life through Christ.

 

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

 

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