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Almsgiving means simply giving to those in need. It’s about recognising how lucky we are to have so much and focussing on how we can help those around us to have the same. It’s not just about giving money to charity however. You can give of yourself in so many ways – you can give your time, your compassion or your love to those in need and by doing so truly understand what Lent is all about.

 

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We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Here we have some information on the Saints days which we celebrated last week and almsgiving.

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving — these three practices form the heart of the Lenten season. In our own lives, prayer and fasting are often easier practices to adopt. Give something up for 40 days? Got it. Take on an extra spiritual practice? Check. I’m not saying these two are easy, but they are often better understood and so followed more quickly than almsgiving,

So what is almsgiving and how can we do it?

 

 

 

17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:17-18

This Bible passage makes it very clear that when we see someone in need, we can not wait for another person to do something. Nor can we say that the need is too great for me to do anything about it, because that’s not true. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot to give or a little, your intention to help is the most important.

Almsgiving is one of the three pillars of Lent.  How will you show love through your actions. Comments below. 🙂

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

God has given compassion to each one of us. But it’s up to us to decide if we open our heart to it or close it up. We can open our hearts by seriously considering the needs of this world and people living in it. We need to focus our thoughts and open our hearts to those who suffer and need our help.

Deuteronomy 16:17

17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.

 

Almsgiving involves giving, either materially or providing your skills.

 

Although it may be difficult at the moment to do these things, if you were still at school, how you could give to others:

I will donate/raise money for_______________________________________________

I will collect goods and donate it to________________________________________

I will teach someone to______________________________________________________

Give your answers in the comments box below! 🙂

God, we do not want to live selfishly and ignore the needs of others. Lord, teach us to share without expecting something in return. We open our hearts to your compassion so we can help other people who need our help the most. We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen. 

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Almsgiving doesn’t need to be a huge, grand gesture. Often the most powerful and meaningful acts of giving can be in small, random acts of kindness.

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you

Take a moment in silent reflection, what random acts of kindess could you perform this Lent?  You can think of your own or chose from the list below:

1. Thank a teacher.

2. Bring flowers to a coworker or friend.

3. Carry someone’s shopping to their car for them.

4. Send a friend a positive text.

5. Ask a someone at school how they are feeling today, and actually listen to the answer.

6. Bake a cake and deliver it to the local fire or police station.

7. Help an elderly person to cross the street.

8. Give up your seat on the bus.

9. Donate dog or cat food to the local animal shelter (call to ask them what brands they need). Many shelters want and need old blankets and towels as well.

10. Leave a note of kindness in the pocket of a coat in a clothing store, like “You look great in this!” or “You are more important than you could ever know.”

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we listen to Tom and Charles from the Briars who will tell us all about St Paul.

If you were to write a letter to the people of your hometown about how they could help others, what would you say?

Write your letters in the comments box below.

Have a lovely weekend.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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