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The word of the week is Celebrate! 

We are in our 4th week of Eastertide and that means it is still party season! Easter is all about being joyful and celebrating the new life that Jesus’ resurrection has given us.

However, we are experiencing a very strange and uncertain time at the moment and it can be very easy to become overwhelmed with emotions, as well as focus on the things that we have little or no control over. We are missing our friends, our family, our school facilities and our freedom.

BUT it is times like these when our faith is most important. In order to get through this period we need to find the joy where we can. There is always something to be thankful for and to celebrate.

That’s why this week on each day of our prayer resources we are going to celebrate something different- no matter how great or small it is! We hope this will bring us some joy during this time!

Have a great week and celebrate everything you are achieving and that God loves you!

We are in our 4th 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 that happened last Friday 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!

 

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

It is during these times that so many people step up to go that extra mile to help those in need. This was quite a few extra miles in the case of Caption (now Colonel) Tom Moore who completed his challenge of walking 100 laps of his garden last week!

The 99 year old war veteran had hoped to complete the walk and raise £1000 for the NHS in time for his 100th Birthday on the 30th April. Not only did he complete his walk in time for his 100th Birthday, but he raised over £30 million for the NHS!!

Tom’s phenomenal record-breaking efforts continue to make a difference to NHS staff, volunteers and patients and has inspired so many of us to donate, fundraisefor the charities that need our help and support during this time and to carry out these acts of kindness that truly make a difference to people’s lives.

What an incredible person and story to celebrate!

As Colonel Tom says there will be sun and by putting one foot in front of the other we will get through this together.

Let us spend some time in prayer praying for all those people who are feeling lonely and who are struggling to find hope during this time.

 

Dear Lord,

We ask that you be with us all during this time, particularly look after those who are suffering, the poor, the lonely, the sick and those experiencing loss. 

May your eternal love give them strength, hope and comfort during this time. May we be inspired to go that extra mile and reach out to those who are suffering with love and kindness. 

Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Hello everyone! Today is a very special day for our Becket school community because it is the 10th Anniversary of the Formal Blessing and Grand Opening of our new Becket School building. 

As we are unable to meet in our year groups or key stages we have an online act of worship that we invite you to join us for on this special day, as we celebrate our community and everything that we have achieved and become in last 10 years.

There is a group action for everyone to participate in in their homes for our act of worship that will be followed up whenever we meet back as a community in our school. As you join us in completing this action we invite you to play the song the song below ‘Build your Kingdom Here’. Think about how we are building the kingdom of God in our very own school building.

 

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians…

Thanks be to God.

 

Our schools and Church buildings are closed but our education and worship within our Church communities continues. We’re praying at home, holding worship online, organising care for neighbours especially the most vulnerable.

Our Church is people, as the scripture says, we, the people, are God’s co-workers and Jesus is our foundation.

We are able to speak to God at any time, share the Good News at any time- a couple of reasons why Christianity is missionary. 

 

Prayers of Intercession

1. We pray for the Church,

We pray for Pope Francis, Bishop Patrick and all our clergy who continue to support our schools and communities with their ministry. Lord protect them and keep them safe as they care in your name.

May we continue to stay connected as a Church by reaching out to one another and by spreading the Good News of the Gospel that gives us hope, comfort and joy.

Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us

2. We pray for the world,

We pray for all who are affected by the coronavirus, through illness, isolation, or anxiety. We pray especially for the souls of those who have died recently, may they rest in peace.

We pray for every family member and friend that is experiencing loss during this time and ask that you grant our world with healing, strength and comfort.

Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us

3. We pray for our world leaders,

May those who are guiding our nation and shaping national policies at this time be leaders of love, integrity and empowerment, recognising the dignity of each human in their care.

May they be filled with wisdom when making decisions, to protect us and keep us safe.

Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us

4. We pray for all health professionals, carers and key workers who are working under huge pressure and strain during this time.

We ask that you keep them and their families safe and surround them with the love, strength and healing that they need.

Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us

5.   We pray for the Suffering,

We pray for all those who are suffering – the poor, the hungry, the depressed, the abused, the lonely and the sick. May those who are faced with struggles and challenges be filled with courage, determination and your love.

May we be filled with wisdom and reach out to those in need by offering support, comfort and kindness.

Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us

6. We pray for our school community,

As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the formal blessing of our new Becket school build we pray for the staff, students, families, clergy and governors of our past, present and future.

May Christ continue to be at the centre of everything we do in our school community and may our school always be a place of love, faith, support, enthusiasm and joy.

Lord hear us

Lord graciously hear us

7. We pause to pray for our own intentions…

(Pause)

In this month of May, we remember Mary who is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of us all.

We ask her to pray for us, and all of our intentions, as we say,

Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

Happy Ten Years!

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Something that definitely needs celebrating is the amazing charity work that continues to take place during this time.

Even during these difficult circumstances there are workers who are sacrificing their time and health to support the vulnerable and in need who continue to suffer.

Today we are going to reflect on what we can do to support those in need. How we can play our role in supporting our local and wider community?

Before we do this, we have a very special update from our very own school charity…

Building Hope in Bunkpurugu!

As Christians, we are called to support the vulnerable and share with those in need. So what can we do? Can you donate to a food bank? Can you check on the elderly, deliver food to someone in need or deliver them some joy? Can you support those in isolation by checking on them via phone or email? Can you pray for those who are suffering and in need of God’s comfort?

Today and this week we really encourage you to check on the charities that our school support and think about if there are any ways that you can support them during this time as they continue to search for ways to support the vulnerable during this pandemic.

Building Hope in Bunkpurugu 

It is amazing to see the progress of the school that we are supporting in Bunkpurugu-how proud does it make you feel that your donations have contributed to helping build a school- a place that children can feel safe, shelter, explore and learn?

On Tuesday we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Grand Opening and Formal Blessing of our own school building. Think about how fortunate we are to have such an amazing build with all of the facilities and opportunities the building gives us.

Although we have the school building finished, we still need to continue to fundraise to fill the school with equipment and resources for the children to learn with!

Have a think about what we can do at home and when we go back to school to continue fundraising!

We’d love to know any ideas you have- so let us know in the comments below or email us!

Emmanuel House

Home

 

Let us pray…

Dear Lord,

You understand the pain of loss, the heartache of bereavement,
May we hold in our hearts all those whose families or friends have died.

You are a light that shines in the darkest times,
Guide us and heal us in our sickness and sorrow.

You comfort us in times of fear,
May we comfort each other, even as we keep apart.

You console and lead us in times of doubt and confusion,
May we follow the light of your love and spread hope.

You move our hearts to acts of generosity,
May we be led to share what we have with those in need.

God of life,

We thank you for the signs of your light in the midst of our darkness,
May we be signs of your compassion in the heart of your world. 

Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

It’s Thursday again which means at 8:00 this evening we will unite as a country and show thanks to all the NHS and all of our key workers as we celebrate their strength, kindness and selflessness.

#thankyouthursday

How can you say thank you and show gratitude to those around you who are supporting you? Our family, friends, neighbours, teachers, delivery drivers, NHS workers are some of the many people we have to be thankful for- so make sure you do something for those who you are appreciative of, whether this be through words ‘thank you for everything your doing’, a note or letter, baking, a smile, or a text message! Be as creative as you like.

Let us know what you’re doing to say thank you this Thursday!

 

Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic 

The Sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Matthew (chapters 5-7) proclaims some of the richest and most familiar teachings of Jesus: the beatitudes (see 5:3-10).

Our school motto The Becket Way is based on the beatitudes in Matthew’s Gospel. Work Hard. Be Kind. Do the right thing. We can practice these Gospel values by showing love, forgiving others and helping those in need within our school community and in society as a whole.

We invite you to watch the video below which reflects on the Beatitudes during a Global Pandemic.

Let us join in praying for our world during this time…

Let us pray….

For the health workers tending the seriously ill

for the scientists working on a vaccination

for the researchers analysing data and identifying trends

for the media outlets working to communicate reality

for the supermarket workers, hygiene and sanitation providers

for the good news stories of recoveries and effective planning

for the singing from balconies by locked-down communities

for the recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness

for the notes through letterboxes offering help and support

for the internet and telephones and technology that connects

for the awakened appreciation of what is truly important

Thanks be to God.

For those who are unwell and concerned for loved ones

for those who were already very anxious

for those immune suppressed or compromised

for those vulnerable because of underlying conditions

for those in the ‘most at risk to coronavirus’ categories

for those who have lost their jobs and are struggling to provide for themselves and their family

for those who have no choice but to go out to work

for those who are afraid to be at home

for those who are more lonely than they’ve ever been

for those who are bereaved and grieving.

God be their healer, comfort and protection,

be their strength, shield and provision

be their security, safety and close companion

God, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Happy Friday everyone!

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

 

As always we take time to listen to this week’s Sunday Gospel reading…

John 10:9-10

I am the gate. Those who come in by me will be saved; they will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy. I have come in order that you might have life- life in its fullness.

Jesus encourages us to live life to the fullest – how do you do this? How do you make the most of the opportunities offered to you?

Today and throughout Eastertide we celebrate the new life that Jesus’ resurrection has given us! Let us offer our thanks and praise to God…

Dear Lord,

Thank you for giving us life, for loving us, for forgiving us and being our friend.

We pray for all of those who are struggling to find joy in their lives and for all of those who have lost their lives.

May they find you with open arms.

Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

 

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

 

 

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