young-and-old1-1024x682This week were talking about age. We often get treated differently because of our age. Whether that’s because we get different opportunities, have different rights or because we have different experiences of our world – getting older is something we all do. It’s something we need to embrace and understand.

How do we treat the elderly in this country? How do we treat the young? Is there anything we can learn from or teach a different generation?

This coming Sunday is National Youth Sunday so all this week we’re going to be thinking about how we as young people affect our world. We’re also going to be thinking about how we can learn from the older generation and give them the respect and love they deserve.

Monday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

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Watch the video above, it’s a representation of St Paul’s letter to Timothy.

Talk with the person next to you about what you think this passage tells us, and when it means we should do in our world.

Lord, help us to be an example to others. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Getting old is part of life. Why do we get so scared about it?! Often it’s easy to forget how important and precious the elderly are, but as Jesus says, whenever you reach out to someone who is lonely or ill or forgotten by society, you are reaching out to him. He lives in us, all of us, regardless of our age.

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Watch the video above and have a think about the older people in your life.

Think about this: Do you tell them how important they are? What could you do to help them feel loved?

Lord, help us respect and love our elders. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Discrimination against anyone, regardless of age is wrong. But often people, young and old, are not given the same chances as everybody else.

Emmanuel House works hard to work with these people, young and old, to give them the love and respect they deserve.

This year 12 p Have decided to do something to help those in need at Christmas.

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Watch the video above then decide as a class how many boxes you’ll be able to fill.

Put your pledge in the comment box and click submit. Then we can see which form manages to bring in the most!

Good luck!

Lord, help us to be generous to those in need. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

Street sign  ELDERLEY PEOPLE CROSSING ( against white background )To explore our topic of Equality and Understanding we are going to use the key process of “Numb3rs” to explore the following statistic:

How many people in the UK are over 65 years old?

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, help us to remember the real value of every person. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Friday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lourdes-5As 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.

Matthew 25:31-46

“When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Away from me, you that are under God’s curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels! I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink; I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’ Then they will answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.’ These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.”

KS 3 /4 – Have a read of the explanation in your planner and answer the questions with your friends.

Finish the morning by praying the prayer you find at the bottom of the page.

KS 5 – Have a read of the piece of scripture above.

This passage talks about how we treat others.

Do we treat everyone with the same respect and love? Who in society do we walk by an ignore? Why is that? What should we do about it?

Lord help us love our neighbour. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Numb3rs Answer

10 million people in the UK are over 65 years old.  The latest projections are for 5½ million more elderly people in 20 years time and the number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million by 2050.

 

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