This-Little-LightThis week we are going to look at how we can let our light shine.

In Mark’s Gospel Jesus tells us not to hide away our gifts and talents but instead to show them to the world. He tells us that we should not hide a lamp under a bowl, but instead put it on a lamp stand so that everyone can see.

St Irenaeus said that the “Glory of God is a human being – fully alive” so this week we are going to figure out just how we can be brave enough to let our talents and gifts shine out to the world.

This week you can also check out the new prayers before lunch time. If you go to the “Daily prayer” section of the website and click on the “Lunch time prayers” you can now see some different graces to say before lunch. You can even check out some new videos of different sing graces from out KS4 Chaplaincy team!

Also don’t forget there is still time to complete your living stones for around the school!

Living Stones

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

You may have heard about the new living stones project going on in school – today it’s your job to help lay down the first bricks!

Your job is to personalise your brick to celebrate your form – you can draw each other, get everyone to sign it or do anything you like – just make it personal and make it awesome!

Your first job is to collect your blank “brick” from the Chapel. They are in the letter holder by the entrance to the chapel, so go grab one, and while someone has gone to collect it, think about what you want your form’s brick to look like!

You don’t have to finish today – you might just want to talk about ideas but when it’s done bring it down to Tom or Marsha in the Chapel!

If you get chance, have a read of the scripture around the outside and see if it gives you any ideas!

*Also if you’ve not had chance to do your living stone last week you can have a go instead for one of the AoW’s this week! We’ve had some great bricks so far and they should start appearing this week!

Monday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzj1MGNezY0

Sometimes we all need some inspiration, or someone who believes in us to push us forward. In the video 2 of the people followed their dreams because they were either inspired by someone else or because someone recognised something amazing inside of them and gave them encouragement.

It doesn’t just have to be skills like freestyle football or beat boxing either. It could be a talent for a subject like science or history. It could even be a talent for something like listening or being patient.

Starting with one brave member of the form, take it in turns to share a talent with the rest of your form. Try and find a skill or talent that maybe people do not know about and try to be brave enough to share it with everyone else!

Lord, help us to share the talents we’ve been given. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross

Tuesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

We all have a light – it’s just that some times we’re afraid to share it with the world. Have a listen to this song.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMkyMZJ-G6E

It’s a classic song that most of us will know, but while you’re listening, have a chat with the person next to you.

Discuss with them the following questions then after the song has finished share that answer with the class.

– Why should we share our talents with the world?

– Why do people hide who they really are?

– What difference would it make it everyone was true to themselves?

Lord, help us to let our little light shine. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Wednesday

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

color-e2688a1a20bb6b033bb2428af6c8ea2a_h1It’s not easy to show your true colours.

You often hear people use the phrase but how often do we really show ourselves? It’s so easy to be scared by the world outside, so easy to be tempted into hiding the real us. Today we’re going to make something to remind us to show our true colours.

Find some coloured paper (if you can’t, then find some normal paper and colour it in!)

Spend a few moments thinking about something you’re good at. Don’t sit there and say that there is nothing because it’s simply not true! Write it on your piece of paper and put it in your pencil case (or somewhere you’re going to see it every lesson throughout the day.)

While your thinking and writing watch and listen to this. It’s a slightly different version of the song that was sung by John Legend at a talk for students and teachers.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SosPuPjf3W4

Make sure you use that piece of paper to remind you today that you have something good inside you and something that the world needs to see. Let it remind you that you can be brilliant if you want to be and no matter what people tell you or expect, you can let your true colours shine.

Lord, help us to show our true colours. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

Thursday

blending-in2Our focus on Thursday is always our current PSHCE topic. This term it’s all about “Being yourself.” Today we’re going to use the “Key Process” of Put yourself on the line to explore a key issue this week about identity.

Using the “Key Process” debate the following statement.

It is better to blend in than stand out.

We begin with the Sign of the Cross

Lord, help us to find the strength in you to be ourselves. 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 22:1-14

As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will let them go at once.”

This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said:

“Tell the city of Zion,
    Look, your king is coming to you!
He is humble and rides on a donkey
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do: they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on. A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Praise to David’s Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked.

“This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee,” the crowds answered.

Jesus went into the Temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, and said to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it a hideout for thieves!”

The blind and the crippled came to him in the Temple, and he healed them.

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.

In this famous piece of scripture Jesus looses his temper and gets angry. Does this tie in with our image of Jesus. Can anger ever be a good thing?

Lord help us to use our true feeling and our true selves to do the right thing. Amen.

We finish with the Sign of the Cross.

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