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Almsgiving simply means giving to those in need. Almsgiving is particularly relevant and important as we reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic. What can we do to help the most vulnerable in our society?

Almgsiving isn’t just about giving money to charity (though we should try and give to charity whenever we can!) We can give of ourselves in so many ways, you can give of your time, your compassion or your love to those in need.

Let’s all do our part in the fight against COVID-19.

As an act of charity, stay at home.

Use this opportunity to deepen your prayer life. 

 

Notices

  • For health information and advice visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • Your Chaplains are on call as usual to support you. If you worried or concerned and would like to contact us, you can do this via our work emails…
  • Joe- j.martin@becketonline.co.uk
  • Ruth- r.cotter@becketonline.co.uk
  • Please stay safe and keep looking after your physical, spiritual and mental health.

 

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

As we face our first week at home or away from our normal routines at school we must remember that we are all still a part of our school community and that Christ is at the center of everything we do.

It is so important that we continue to start our day in a positive way with prayer and a time of reflection to remind us that God will be with us throughout the day, during any challenges we may face.

As the word of the week is Almsgiving, we are reflecting on how we can respond to the current situation positively and help the most vulnerable in our society.

Our friends at The Briars are continuing to create content and resources so that we can stay in touch with our faith, church, family and friends…check out some of the Briars team’s reflections on the week ahead…

Dear Lord,

We pray for the most vulnerable in our society, may you give them comfort and strength during this difficult time.

Help us to be kind and generous and put the needs of others before our own.

Amen

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent. ‘Almsgiving’ might seem like the word we are least familiar with, however the word ‘Almsgiving’ simply means giving to those in need. So what are some of the ways we can do it and what does the scripture tell us about almsgiving?

1 John 3:17-18

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,

Response: Glory to you O Lord

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? Dear children, let us not love with words of speech but with actions and in truth.

The Gospel of the Lord

Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

When we see someone in need, we cannot wait for another person to do something. We cannot think that it is not our job. Nor can we think that the need is too great for us to make a difference.

It doesn’t matter if you have a lot or a little to give, your intention to help is the most important. Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference!

We want to know what you guys have been doing at home to help those who are vulnerable or in need. Maybe you have been helping out more with the housework at home, maybe you have gone to the shops for someone who is unable to, maybe you have donated money, clothes or food to a charity. Let us know in the comments below!

 

Dear Lord, 

Help us to use our time and energy to make a real positive difference to the people who need it the most. 

Give us the courage and wisdom so that we may never grow tired of doing what is right. 

Amen. 

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

‘Rend Collective’ are a Christian, Northern Irish, folk rock worship band and they have created loads of amazing music that can help inspire us to worship and do good deeds in the world. Have a listen to one of their first ever tracks called ‘Find your kindness’, as you listen to it for the first time, close your eyes and think about everyone who needs our prayers around the world.

Now it’s time for you to ‘find your kindness’…listen to the song again and as you do, write a letter, text or email to someone who needs to hear some positive words. Try and choose someone who might be lonely or someone you might not have spoken to in a while! You may want to scroll through your contacts and choose someone at random.

In this letter, text or email, give that person some kind words that will put a smile on their face during these difficult times. You may want to thank them, you may want to tell them a joke, you may want tell them some of the things you love and appreciate them. Whatever you write, make sure it is positive.

Once you have written your letter, text or email…send it to spread some positivity!

 

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we would have had our Lenten Fundraising afternoon at school. For several weeks our staff and students have been working very hard to plan activities and raise money to make a difference to our school charities: Cafod, Emmanuel House, Building Hope in Bunkpurugu and Faith in Families. 

We are absolutely gutted that we cannot participate in our activities together, however we won’t let that stop us from being sponsored to participate in a fun activity of our choice to raise as much money as possible! 

This morning you should complete your timetabled school work on google classroom as normal. This afternoon, our whole community will spend the afternoon doing a fun activity of our choice in our own homes…this might be reading, arts and crafts, playing a board game, learning a dance routine, playing an instrument or participating in an exercise youtube video! Make sure that whatever you do is safe and following the governments guidelines. 

Even though we may not be together, we are still being sponsored to do a fun activity this afternoon with the money we have raised so far. If you haven’t uploaded your fundraising donations onto squid yet, please do! Our wonderful charities need our support now more than ever.

Check out some of the videos below to find out how we’ll be helping and supporting others through our activities this afternoon. Every penny you raise makes a huge difference to these charities and the people that they support so let’s make today a celebration of the impact that you can make!

CAFOD

Faith in Families

Emmanuel House

Building Hope in Bunkpurugu

Dear Lord,
Though we may not all be under the same roof, help us to feel united as we participate in our Lenten Fundraising afternoon. 
We pray for every single student and staff member in our community, that they are keeping safe and looking after themselves. 
May we continue to raise as much money as possible for our school charities and continue to help the most vulnerable in our community. 
Amen

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 are talking all things St Paul. St Paul wrote lots of letters to different communities and gave them advise on how to live, how to do the christian thing, how to love, how to give!

Choose one of the following letters from St Paul at random and spend this morning reading that passage and reflect on how you can incorporate the scripture into your everyday life.

  • Philippians 4:5-7
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:14-25
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
  • Romans 12:14-18
  • Colossians 3:12-17

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

St Paul is one of the many famous writers of letters out there! During this unprecedented (unknown) time, it’s really important that we express our thoughts and feelings and don’t keep them locked in our heads.

We challenge you to write a weekly or daily journal about how you are finding this experience in the coming months. How are you handling the current situation? How have you tried to overcome any challenges you’ve faced? What has given you positively during these challenges? What are you learning from this experience?

Not only are journals a great way for us to express our thoughts and feelings, which is a very healthy thing to do, they are also a great way to record history.

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