Last week we thought about not just how life starts but about how we can encourage other people to grow. Encouragement, love and setting a good example are all things that help our faith and our church grow. The disciples were tasked with the same job we are given – to go out and let people know that God loves them – and we can do that by setting an example in not just what we say but what we do – by being a witness.

Monday

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We start with the Sign of the Cross.

On Monday we think about the big questions in life so with our theme in mind your question for discussion today is this:

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Have a think about why that might be – and what that means for us!

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to be proud of what we believe. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day:

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you been able to share your faith today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Tuesday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

You will need paper clips, paper and scissors.

There is an expression that goes “Wear your heart on your sleeve.” It means outwardly showing what you feel on the inside. Sometimes we are scared to show how we feel because we worry about other people reactions. Sometimes however, we just need reminding of why it’s important to say how we feel and what we feel – which is where the task today comes in!

Take a piece of paper and make it into a heart shape and write on it something you love. Then using a paperclip put it on the inside of your sleeve so no one can see it.

This might sound like I’ve got it wrong – Shouldn’t that be on the outside?! Isn’t it meant to be about showing what you feel?! Well wearing the heart on your sleeve is actually about reminding you to use your actions and not a piece of paper to show the world what and who you love.

If you put someones name on your heart go and tell them you love them, if you put that love a subject at school then work really hard in the lessons.

Show the world what you love and wear your heart on your sleeve!

Morning Prayer: Lord, give us the strength to show how we really feel. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Have you noticed anyone showing how they feel today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Wednesday

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

It’s often said that a picture paints a thousand words – and I think this picture tells a very important message. Mrs Brown sent this picture in of a spontaneous act of kindness in her workshop. When one person couldn’t sort their apron out someone came to help and then someone came to help them and then someone came to help them – it was as if people witnessed something they wanted to be a part of.

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Today is the feast of St Joseph the worker – The carpenter who cared for Mary and Jesus. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate place to see an example of how we can work for others than in our very own workshop! Joseph would have been proud!

Think for a moment about how we can work for others!

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to work for others. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day:

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Has someone done something good for you today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Thursday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

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I came across this video and was instantly struck by how powerfully it underlined this weeks message. Without a word and only with their actions these people managed to only to come together but enjoy being together, simply by putting themselves forward. Today, think about how the things you do can speak to others.

If we are to be a witness then we need to not just speak in words but speak in actions too.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us bring people together with our actions. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

How have your actions inspired others today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

Friday

We Start with the Sign of the Cross

So It’s literacy day today and as this week has been how our actions can be a witness to what we believe, we’ve got a story from John’s Gospel all about actions and witness. It also has a great mystery from The Bible – something that no one knows.

” At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered round him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’

‘No one, sir,’ she said.

‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’

Jesus managed to not only silence an angry mob with a simple action but he also managed to save someone and give them a second chance simply by helping her.

What did he write in the sand?!

No Gospel tells you what Jesus wrote, but those words must have had power enough to send all the mob away. – Have a think about what Jesus wrote in the sand, or maybe even what you would write? Or maybe the most powerful things he did didn’t involve worlds, maybe simply standing in between the crowd and the woman and challenging to crowd to look at their own sins rather than that of others was enough?

What it does tell us is that God loves us, God forgives us and we should be witnessing that to others.

Morning Prayer: Lord, help us to be a witness to your love in the world. Amen.

Prayer at the end of the day

How have you shown somebody love and forgiveness today?

Father, give us faith
And help us to appreciate the things we cannot see.
Inspire in us not just a faith in you, but a faith in our family, our friends and ourselves.
Thank you for the strength that comes from your love;
Help me, when I am at my weakest, to find my faith again. Amen.

 

 

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