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Life wasn’t easy for the disciples, even after the resurrection. They faced challenges every day because they were given the Mission to ‘Go out in the world and spread the Good News’.

This continues to be our Mission- a big part of our faith is sharing what we know and love about our beliefs with others. Our words, actions and deeds should be an inspiration to others to encounter Jesus and to be His disciple. Think about how you can complete this mission this week.

How will you go about sharing the joy of the resurrection with others so they will be inspired to learn more about Jesus too?

Join NDCYS on Friday at 11:00am who are bringing schools, homes and families across the country together for a fun filled hour of quizzes games and guests!

Register your team and the school your representing below! It doesn’t matter if you’re home schooling, still going into school or just doing it on your own – everyone is welcome!

 

The Big Schools Get Together

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 🙂

 

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

As Christians we are encouraged to be ‘Missionary Disciples’ which means to go out in the world and actively spread the good news.

However, at the moment we are living very different times to normal, by staying home and not going out into the world we are saving lives and keeping ourselves and the people around us safe.

So how can we be Missionary Disciples from our homes?

Even though our Churches are closed, we can still be the Church. Even though we must stay at home and social distance, there are still ways we can keep connected and spread the Good News.

Another way in which we can be a Missionary Disciple, is by worshiping God and putting time aside in our day to pray and talk to God. We can talk to God about anything. We can tell him what we are thankful for, we can tell him what we are sorry for, we can ask for his help and guidance when we are struggling or not sure what to do.

We know that Jesus’ disciples did not always find it easy to follow Jesus. Similarly, it is not always easy for us to follow Jesus and do the right thing or put our trust in him when so many upsetting things are happening in the world. But in the Gospel readings, Jesus asks us to put our trust in him. Jesus is with us through everything and we can find great hope and support in knowing that he is by our sides through this difficult time.

We invite you to listen to the song below. As Missionary Disciples of Christ we choose to worship and be a follower of Christ. How can we take this choice and take it to the next step? How can we share it and spread it with people near and far?

As you listen to the song we invite to think of one person who needs your prayers.

The band below are called Rend Collective, an Irish worship band who are often travelling the world being Missionary Disciples by sharing their music, faith and the Good News! Even in lock down they have found a way to come together, worship and share their faith with people across the world.

How can we share our faith and the Good News during our time at home?

Your Mission!

As you played the song, you were invited to pray for someone. Your mission is to send this song to the person you prayed for- let this person know that you are thinking and praying for them. By passing on the Good News you are being a Missionary Disciple.

There are so many ways we can stay connected in our homes and continue to share the Good News! Be creative and let us know in the comments below what you are doing to spread the Good News this Easter Season. Christ is risen!

An incredible example of a Missionary Disciple is Saint Francis of Assisi. He gave his whole heart and life to following Jesus. We join together by saying Saint Francis of Assisi’s prayer, as we ask for God’s strength and guidance.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

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

During Easter tide we celebrate how special our faith is. As you may have seen on the Google Classrooms for Collective Worship and Well-being we are running the Scripture Art House Competition and the deadline has been extended until the 15th May!

Today, we would like you to choose a piece of scripture and create some art work with it. This is a great activity to celebrate and explore our faith through scripture. Once you have finished please send it to our work emails.

  • Joe- j.martin@becketonline.co.uk
  • Ruth- r.cotter@becketonline.co.uk

If you are struggling for ideas for scripture here are a few useful links:

Open Bible: https://www.openbible.info/topics/

Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/

There are loads of scripture art inspiration online! Play some music as you do this and get creative!

The Word

A reading from the book of Psalms.

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his Temple!
    Praise his strength in heaven!
Praise him for the mighty things he has done.
    Praise his supreme greatness.

Praise him with trumpets.
    Praise him with harps and lyres.
Praise him with drums and dancing.
    Praise him with harps and flutes.
Praise him with cymbals.
    Praise him with loud cymbals.
Praise the Lord, all living creatures!

Praise the Lord!
The Word of the Lord

You might not have trumpets, harps, drums or cymbals, but we can show praise and give thanks to God in many ways. Tag us in your scripture art and nominate someone else to do the same to share the Good News.

Lord Jesus,
when you walked with us on earth
you spread your healing power.
We place in your loving care
all who are affected by Coronavirus.
Keep us strong in faith, hope and love.
Bring relief to our sick,
console our bereaved,
protect those who care for us.
We lift our prayer to you Lord,
and trust in your infinite mercy,
as we wait for the daybreak.
Amen.

 

Mission:

Your mission is to spend some time creating art with scripture and submit an entry for the House Scripture Art Competition to win your house some points!

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

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

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. Now we have entered the season of Easter and that’s all about being joyful and giving praise and thanks to the Lord- how can we marry these two emotions together?

Watch the video below and think about how we can find joy in these difficult circumstances? As Christians, as how can we be the joy in other people’s lives who are struggling?

Although our routines and where we spend our time are very different, we are still the same people and we have the same needs to keep connected with one another, to love and look after one another.

Just because we aren’t in Church doesn’t mean that we cannot be the Church in our homes and just because we aren’t in school, doesn’t mean that we cannot carry The Becket Way into everything we do in our homes.

Think about how you can bring joy to someones life today or for the rest of the week. This doesn’t have to be something enormous, sometimes the small acts of kindness can bring about the most joy.

 

 

Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
There are times when I feel helpless,
There are times when I feel weak.
I pray for hope.
I need hope for a better future.
I need hope for a better life.
I need hope for love and kindness.
Some say that the sky is at it’s
darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.
I need your light, Lord, in every way.
I pray to be filled with your light from
head to toe. To bask in your glory.
To know that all is right in the world,
as you have planned, and as you want
it to be.
Help me to walk in your light, and live
my life in faith and glory.
In your name I pray, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

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

Today, Joe is leading us through a form of prayer called Meditation. Find a quiet space in your home or garden as we Be Still with God

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Happy Friday everyone! We have a few video resources we’d like to make you aware of before we start our Friday prayer, so keep scrolling!

If you haven’t seen it already (or even if you have!), have a watch of the below video from our Becket staff. We wish you all a very Happy Easter and we miss you lots. We hope this will bring some joy to your Friday and that it will remind you that we are all in this together and we are still part of the Becket community!

 

 

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

As always we take time to listen to Sunday’s Gospel. Our Gospel is being read to us today by Joe our school Chaplain. Get comfortable, relax and let the Word of God sink into your hearts.

Join NDCYS on Friday at 11:00am who are bringing schools, homes and families across the country together for a fun filled hour of quizzes games and guests!

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

 

 

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!

 

 

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