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The word of the week is Witness!

To be a witness involves two things. The first is seeing something happen that you remember and that has an effect on you. The second is telling others about what you have seen. The first disciples were witness to the resurrection and to Jesus’ ascension which we celebrate this week, but we too can be witness to Christ when we recognise him at work in our world.

The question is, how will you tell others what you’ve seen so that the Good News continues to be heard?

Click on the tabs below to explore all of the different resources available this week!

Hope you have a great week! 🙂

We are in our 6th 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’.

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!

 

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Today we invite you to watch the really powerful and special video below which was released 2 weeks ago called the UK blessing. 

During this unique and challenging time, over 65 churches and movements in the UK have come together online to sing a blessing over our land.

Our word of the week is witness. Each of the communities and singers below are great examples of witnesses of Christ. Through singing this blessing over the UK, they share unity and hope with millions of others. We don’t have to be amazing singers to be witnesses of Christ, there are so many ways in which we can use our talents to share the Good News!…

  • Read the Gospel and share it with your family, friends and the wider community
  • Acts of kindness- ask someone how they are, smile, be helpful around the house, compliment someone, give to those in need, call a friend who might be lonely
  • Share hope, love and kindness on social media
  • Spend some time in prayer- do you know someone who needs your prayers? Do you need to ask God for help or say sorry or thank God for something?

As the video says ‘Our Buildings may be closed, but out Church is alive.’ 

Although many buildings, including our Churches and Schools are closed, as Christians our work is not over. We still have so much love, kindness and joy to share through knowing the Good News of the Gospel!

Dear Lord, 

Give me the strength and courage to be your witness. 

Help me to always be true to myself and stand up for my faith and beliefs.

May I be your witness by spreading the Good News to the people I meet, so that they may feel your love and joy in their lives. 

Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

The word of the week is Witness!

Today’s resource helps us to understand what the word witness means and why it is linked to our faith and relationship with God.

A Witness is a person who sees something amazing and important.

There are so many witnesses in the Bible. People who see and experience God and share their experience with other people in the world. These witnesses help people get to know God and experience God themselves.

As the video explains, Moses is one of the many witnesses we hear about in the Bible. We hear a lot about Moses in the book of Exodus, in the Old Testament. Moses was a witness to God when God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and on Mount Sinia. Moses then shared how we can follow and worship God.

Which other Biblical characters can you think of that are witnesses of God?

Who do you think is a great witness of God in modern society?

Let us know in the comments below how many you can think of!

 

Dear Lord, 

Help us to be a witness to you.

Help us to see you in our world and to see those in need. 

Help us to listen to you and be guided by our faith every day.

Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

We invite you to spend some time in prayer in the form of a meditation. This form of prayer will give us the opportunity to be still and listen to what God is calling us to do. Find somewhere comfortable and quiet to sit or lay down, play the video and spend this time with God. You can use it when ever you feel like you need it.

May is the the month of Mary, we ask Mary to intercede for us by praying the Hail Mary…

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

It’s Thursday again which means at 8:00 this evening we will unite as a country and show thanks to all of the NHS and all of our key workers as we celebrate their vocation and pray that keep safe and continue their great work!

#thankyouthursday

Let us join in praying for our world during this time and all the many people who are keeping us safe and saving lives during the pandemic…

We pray

For the health workers tending the seriously ill

for the scientists working on a vaccination

for the researchers analysing data and identifying trends

for the media outlets working to communicate reality

for the supermarket workers, hygiene and sanitation providers

for the good news stories of recoveries and effective planning

for the singing from balconies by locked-down communities

for the recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness

for the notes through letterboxes offering help and support

for the internet and telephones and technology that connects

for the awakened appreciation of what is truly important

Thanks be to God.

For those who are unwell and concerned for loved ones

for those who were already very anxious

for those immune suppressed or compromised

for those vulnerable because of underlying conditions

for those in the ‘most at risk to coronavirus’ categories

for those who have lost their jobs and are struggling to provide for themselves and their family

for those who have no choice but to go out to work

for those who are afraid to be at home

for those who are more lonely than they’ve ever been

for those who are bereaved and grieving.

God be their healer, comfort and protection,

be their strength, shield and provision

be their security, safety and close companion

God, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

Happy Friday everyone!

Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

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We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

 

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!

 

 

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Let us start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

On Tuesday 5th May The Becket school community celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Formal Blessing and Grand Opening of our new Becket School building. 

As we are unable to meet in our year groups or key stages we have an online act of worship that we invite you to join us for as we celebrate our community and everything that we have achieved and become in last 10 years.

If you haven’t already seen the celebration video for the 10 year anniversary of the Formal Blessing and Grand Opening of The Becket School new school building then please have a watch of the video below and share it with your family 🙂

Happy Ten Years!

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

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

Even during these difficult circumstances there are workers who are sacrificing their time and health to support the vulnerable and in need who continue to suffer.

Today we are going to reflect on what we can do to support those in need. How we can play our role in supporting our local and wider community?

Before we do this, we have a very special update from our very own school charity…

Building Hope in Bunkpurugu!

As Christians, we are called to support the vulnerable and share with those in need. So what can we do? Can you donate to a food bank? Can you check on the elderly, deliver food to someone in need or deliver them some joy? Can you support those in isolation by checking on them via phone or email? Can you pray for those who are suffering and in need of God’s comfort?

Today and this week we really encourage you to check on the charities that our school support and think about if there are any ways that you can support them during this time as they continue to search for ways to support the vulnerable during this pandemic.

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 donations have contributed to helping build a school- a place that children can feel safe, shelter, explore and learn?

On Tuesday we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Grand Opening and Formal Blessing of our own school building. Think about how fortunate we are to have such an amazing build with all of the facilities and opportunities the building gives us.

Although we have the school building finished, we still need to continue to fundraise to fill the school with 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 fundraising!

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

Emmanuel House

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Let us pray…

Dear Lord,

You understand the pain of loss, the heartache of bereavement,
May we hold in our hearts all those whose families or friends have died.

You are a light that shines in the darkest times,
Guide us and heal us in our sickness and sorrow.

You comfort us in times of fear,
May we comfort each other, even as we keep apart.

You console and lead us in times of doubt and confusion,
May we follow the light of your love and spread hope.

You move our hearts to acts of generosity,
May we be led to share what we have with those in need.

God of life,

We thank you for the signs of your light in the midst of our darkness,
May we be signs of your compassion in the heart of your world. 

Amen.

 

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

 

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