It is really important that we spend some time in prayer every day. This can help us to feel closer to God and can also help us reflect on the things that we are thankful for, sorry for or the things we would like some help with. God is always here to listen to us, no matter where we are or what we want to talk to him about!

There are lots of different prayers and resources that you can explore and participate in each week in your homes. You can do these activities on your own or you can get your family involved too!

There are enough activities to do a different activity each day of the week- one day you might feel like exploring some scripture, one day you might feel like watching a video and on another day you might feel like learning a song! There are so many ways in which we can pray and explore our faith.

We hope you enjoy exploring the resources and have a great week!

Remember to comment in the comments box below to let us know how you are getting on 🙂

 

The word of the week is Vocation! 

The word vocation comes from the Latin for “to call” and it reminds us that we all have a calling from God to be the person he created us to be. Finding that vocation and hearing that call however can be really hard sometimes and it’s often difficult to know what we should do with our lives.

This week spend some time in prayer thinking about what God might be calling you to do with your life. Often it’s not what we expect but when you find something that you love that is usually a good sign you’re on the right track!

Hope you have a great week!

We are in our 5th week of Eastertide- let’s see what is going on in the Church’s calendar this week!

Join Tom from the Briars with live guests and prayer every Monday morning at 9:30am, to help us stay connected and start our week in a positive way. If you miss the live stream you can still catch up on NDCYS Live YouTube channel. Hit subscribe and set a reminder for every Monday! We’ll see you there 🙂

Every Wednesday The Briars Youth Service are leading us through a series called ‘Making sense of it all’.

During this uncertain time, it can be easy to get worked up and anxious about what is happening in the world. This is completely natural. Now we have just entered the season of Easter which is all about being joyful and giving praise and thanks to the Lord- how can we marry these two emotions together?

You can take part in the Big Schools Get Together on demand if you missed it! Get your pen and paper ready for a quiz!

Every Friday evening at 6pm, Naomi from The Briars hosts the Friday Night Live show with guests, games, reflection and prayer. You can join us live at 6pm or watch previous episodes on demand on NDCYS YouTube Channel. We hope to see you there at 6pm!

If you would like to reflect and explore some of the Scripture that links to this week’s theme ‘Vocations’ click on the links below!

You can explore this scripture in your own Bibles if you have one at home or you can use the below links to search the scripture!

John 15:16

1 Corinthians 7:17-24

Mark 1:17-20

Matthew 28:16-20

Genesis 12:1-3

Open Bible

Bible Gateway

Our Video Resource is from Fr Jonathan Cotton, Chaplain to The Briars and Assistant Vocations Director here in Nottingham. In this video, he tells us five things that we need to know about Vocations!

The word vocation comes from the Latin for “to call” and it reminds us that we all have a calling from God to be the person he created us to be. Finding that vocation and hearing that call however can be really hard sometimes and it’s often difficult to know what we should do with our lives.

On the 3rd of May we celebrated Vocations Sunday, a day where we specifically pray for all vocations across the world. We pray that everyone can hear their own call from God, whatever that may be.

Let us spend some time in prayer today asking God for his guidance. We invite you to join with Pope Francis as we pray for the world’s vocations.

LORD of the Harvest,

BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the
good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish
ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace
the bold and noble path of a life
consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate
with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace.
Amen.

— Pope Francis

[/symple_box]

Today I would like to share a song from one of my favourite films The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The song is called The Call. Listen carefully to the song and think about how it can relate to our own calling from God.

Let us pray…

God open our ears and hearts so that we may hear your call. 
Help us to be patient and have courage if we are struggling to know our vocation.
Help us to be missionary disciples and spread the good news.

Amen  

Something that needs celebrating during this time is the amazing charity work that continues to take place.

Even during these difficult times there are loads of workers who are sacrificing their time and health to care for the vulnerable and in need.

Today we are going to think about what we can do to support those in need.

But before we do this, we have a very special update from our friends in Bunkpurugu…

Building Hope in Bunkpurugu 

It is amazing to see the progress of the school that we are supporting in Bunkpurugu!

How proud does it make you feel that your hard work and donations have helped build a whole school? A place where children can feel safe, shelter, explore and learn.

Think about how fortunate we are to have our own amazing school buildings. It is times like these, when we cannot go into school, that we really miss our schools and appreciate everything we have! Our friends, our teachers, our school books, our playgrounds, our pens and our safe place.

Although we have the school building finished in Bunkpurugu, we still need to continue to fundraise to fill the school with wonderful equipment and resources for the children to learn with!

Have a think about what we can do at home and when we go back to school to continue raising money for the community in Bunkpurugu…

Can you create a poster with ideas of how we could raise money?

We’d love to know any ideas you have- so let us know in the comments below or email us!

 

Dear Lord, 

We pray for our friends in Bunkpurugu. 

Help us to be kind and generous and share what we have, so that we can continue to make a positive difference to their lives. 

Amen 

 

Become a Missionary Disciple…This term, every school across the Nottingham Diocese will be exploring the theme ‘Missionary Discipleship’!

How can we play an active role in the wider community and be the face of Christ for others?

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”(Matthew 28:19)

Each week we are inviting you to take a Challenge from below!

  1. Read a Bible story every weekend or ask a grown up to read one to you.
  1. Tell your favourite Bible story to a friend or family member.
  1. Ask a friend to share with you a Bible or religious story that is special to them.
  1. Make a poster about Jesus and put it on your bedroom window so people can see it.
  1. Learn the names of Jesus’ Twelve Disciples. Who is your favourite disciple and why?
  1. Say a prayer for someone who is struggling, ill, or felling sad.
  1. Find a new charity to help.
  1. Ask for help to live stream a Mass. There are links to different Mass times and parishes on our home page!
  1. Look for an opportunity every day to do an act of kindness for someone.

 

10. Be joyful – Jesus loves you!

 

We hear in Sundays Gospel that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We know that Jesus is always there and loves us so much! Spend some time in prayer asking Jesus to guide you to make the right choices!

One of our Chaplains – Joe is going to lead us through a type of prayer called meditation. This may be your first time doing meditation or you may have done it before.

Before you start the video, try and find a space in your house or garden in the quiet where you can relax. You may find it comfortable to sit down or you may want to lie down.

Listen to the words Joe is saying and spend some time in the quiet being still and knowing that God is with you.

Every week Issie (Lay chaplain at Trinity and Catherine McAuley Hub) is going to teach us a new song!

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!