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Spring 2

Thursday 25th February

Today we are starting our new RE unit, Giving All. The main focus of this unit is to look at Lent.

 

Task 1

What do you think is meant by the title Giving All? What do you personally give to others? How does this make them feel?

 

Task 2

Read the following Scripture from Luke 2:41-52

 

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.

 

Task 3

Read this reflection of the Scripture

 

When Jesus was twelve years old, he was traveling with his parents. They became separated after the Passover festival. Jesus’ parents searched for him for several days. They were worried and anxious because they loved their son, Jesus, very much. He was their treasure. When Mary and Joseph finally found Jesus, he was sitting in the temple talking to the teachers and asking them questions. Mary was probably frustrated when she asked, “Why have you treated us like this?” She wanted Jesus to be safe, always.

 

Jesus treasured his parents, but Jesus also had another treasure. He liked to be in the temple, talking about God. He called God his “Father.” Of course, we know Jesus would spend his whole life talking about God and teaching others about God’s love. But Mary and Joseph did not understand this at the time. Sometimes parents and children do not understand each other’s treasures. That is okay. It happens a lot.

 

But Jesus and his parents figured it out together. Jesus followed their directions and went home to Nazareth with them. Mary took Jesus’ thoughts very seriously, even though they were mysterious. That’s what we do for each other when we love each other. We take each other seriously, even if we don’t understand or even sometimes agree.

 

The key to sticking together, even when people do not understand one another, is curiosity. Curiosity helps us remain open to each other, continue learning about each other, and respect each other. But it doesn’t work very well unless everyone is curious. Grown-ups have to start because they are older with more experience. They show curiosity about their children’s ideas. Children can be curious too. They ask questions and try to learn about their parents’ ideas. When everyone is curious, we learn about each other’s treasures and understand one another a little bit more.

 

Task 4

When you live with someone, it is easy to assume you know everything about them and how they think. But just as Mary and Joseph learned new things about Jesus, we can learn new things about each other.

 

Make a “curiosity” seat in your living space. Invite each family member to take turns to sit in the curiosity seat and answer three or more questions about themselves. You can make up your own questions, or you can use these suggestions.

  • What is the last thing you were excited about?
  • What is your best travel memory?
  • Which friend do you trust with your thoughts and ideas?
  • If you could choose a family activity we would all do together tomorrow, what would it be?

 

When you finish, share what you learned or what surprised you about the experience. 

 

Thursday 4th March

Today we are going to be looking at the third Sunday of Lent, which is this Sunday, 7th March.

 

Task 1

Describe a time when you were in an unfamiliar and maybe even scary situation. How did it feel? How did you find your way again? Did anyone help you?

 

Task 2

Read the following Scripture from Exodus 17:1-7

 

From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” The Lord said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”

 

Task 3

Read this reflection of the Scripture

 

The above scripture is from the book of Exodus. It tells us about a time when the Israelites were lost in the wilderness and in a time of crisis. The wilderness was, and still is, an unfamiliar and sometimes scary place. It was hard to find your way and get the things you needed.  The Israelites were especially afraid of not having food or water. They began to panic because they had faced such hard times in Egypt and were afraid of their new situation in the wilderness. But God wanted the Israelites to trust that God knew what they needed and would take care of them.  God told Moses to strike a rock to make water come out of the place where they least expected it. Even though the Israelites struggled to trust because they didn’t know how to get what they needed, God was still there with them. Right now, as we feel unsure and maybe even a little scared about what is happening with the COVID-19 outbreak, we can rest assured that God loves us and takes care of us, sometimes in ways we don’t expect.

 

Task 4

Write down the answers to the following questions:

  • What makes you feel better when you're scared or not sure what's going to happen?
  • What do you notice about this illustration (below)
  • What makes you feel comforted when you are in an unfamiliar situation?
  • What can you do to help in uncertain, and unfamiliar times like this one?

Task 5

Look at the sheets below. Have a go at colouring in the picture and unscrambling the puzzle.

Thursday 11th March

Today we are going to be looking at the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is this Sunday, 14th March.

 

Task 1

Describe a time when you've been out in nature. What was peaceful about it? Where were you? How did it feel to be there?

 

Task 2

Read the following Scripture: Psalm 23 (a Psalm of David)

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters;

he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

I fear no evil;

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff—

they comfort me.

 

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

my whole life long.

 

Task 3

Read this reflection of the Scripture

 

Today’s scripture is from Psalms, an entire book of songs and prayers written to God. David, the author of this psalm, wrote many songs and prayers as a way to express his feelings to God about the things that happened to him - good things, difficult things, things he was thankful for, struggles he faced. He also wrote about how aware he was that God was always with him in every situation. He talked about how God has always been with God’s people and will continue to be with us. In Psalm 23, David describes God as a shepherd. Shepherds are like guides who give love, care always, and never leave their flock. He also describes being with God is like the feeling of lying down in a quiet green meadow or like walking by a quiet creek. Spending time with God, as David did, can help us to feel calm and safe when times are troubling, frustrating, and even a bit scary. When we begin to worry, we can tell God all of our feelings and emotions like David did, because we know God is always with us, no matter what life brings. When we start feeling nervous or afraid, we can think of David’s words in Psalm 23 and remember God is like our shepherd, guiding us and with us always.

 

Task 4

Write down the answers to the following questions:

  • What it might be like to lie down in a green pasture? Or to walk along a quiet creek?
  • How do you express what you are feeling?
  • What can these feelings teach us?
  • What things help you feel really calm and safe?
  • How might our relationship with God help us feel calm and safe?

Task 5

Look at the sheets below. Have a go at colouring in the picture and solving the dot to dot.

Thursday 18th March

Today we are going to be looking at the fifth Sunday of Lent, which is this Sunday, 21st March.

 

Task 1

Describe a recent time you were upset about something. What made you feel better?

 

Task 2

Read the following Scripture: Psalm 130

 

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my supplications!

 

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,

Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with you,

so that you may be revered.

 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in God’s word I hope;

my soul waits for the Lord

more than those who watch for the morning,

more than those who watch for the morning.

 

O Israel, hope in the Lord!

For with the Lord there is steadfast love,

and with God is great power to redeem.

It is God who will redeem Israel

from all its iniquities.

 

Task 3

Read this reflection of the Scripture

 

Today’s scripture is from Psalms, an entire book of songs and prayers written to God. Some of the psalms are really happy, but not all of them. In this song, the psalmist is deeply upset and looking for comfort and hope by crying out to God.

The psalmist cries out to God from the depths - a place of grief, despair, and deep worry. But as we read on, we can hear how the psalmist has faith things won’t stay that way. The psalmist trusts God will listen to their cries and bring them up from the depths. It won’t be immediate, though. There will be waiting.

Waiting is a hard thing to do. The psalmist tells us while they waited, they used that time to repent. Repentance means changing your mind. It’s letting how you see yourself and the world be transformed. It can involve saying good-bye to old things or old ways of living and being. Like the psalmist who wrote this whole song with hope from the depths of pain, we too are waiting.

When we’re struggling with the many challenges we are experiencing with COVID-19, we may feel different kinds of emotions. One thing we can do is pray — that is, talk to God and share all of what we feel like the psalmist did. God welcomes all of our emotions. God hears us when we’re upset, scared, sad, or mad, as much as when we’re happy, proud, and joyful.

Take a moment to think about how you feel when someone you care about is hurting. If you’re in a group, share your responses. Just like you care when someone you love is hurting, happy, or scared, remember God also loves us and cares about how we feel. God feels it with us

 

Task 4

Write down the answers to the following questions:

  • What is the hardest thing about waiting?
  • What do you do when you’re really, really happy?
  • What do you do when you feel upset? What makes you feel better?
  • Who do you talk to when you need to share how you feel?

Task 5

Look at the sheets below. Have a go at colouring in the picture and unscrambling the puzzle.

Thursday 25th March

Today we are going to be looking at Palm Sunday, which is this Sunday, 28th March.

 

Task 1

Describe an event, holiday or day you remember or commemorate (have a ceremony or celebration for) an explain why its meaningful for you to acknowledge/celebrate/honour it every year.

 

Task 2

Read the following Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11

 

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

 

“Tell the daughter of Zion,

Look, your king is coming to you,

humble, and mounted on a donkey,

and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

 

“Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

 

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

 

Task 3

Read this reflection of the Scripture

 

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. His teachings have spread, and his following has grown. As he rides into the city, people greet him with cheers and fanfare. There is a sense of joy, relief, and hope among the people. Jesus brings good news for the hurting, sick, impoverished, outcasts, and all who are oppressed by people in power. All along his path, the people wave palm fronds and shout, “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” in celebration of his arrival.

 

This parade is also an act of rebellion. Jesus has already frustrated the people in power. His procession only angers them more. After this day of rejoicing, things change quickly. Jesus’ message about God’s kingdom uplifting the powerless made people who held lots of power feel threatened. Jesus knows hard things lie ahead during Holy Week, but for his followers, it was a sudden and unsettling shift. In a matter of days, Jesus’ world and that of his followers turned completely upside down. He went from being cheered to jeered at by the people, from being supported to betrayed.

 

Jesus tried to prepare his friends for what was coming while they had one last meal together, and he washed their feet; it was very hard for them to believe it. Jesus was abandoned by his closest friends, perhaps because they were terrified of what would happen to them for their connection to Jesus. Joy, relief, and hope were replaced by fear, loneliness, isolation, worry, and uncertainty about the future.

 

We know something about the world suddenly changing right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are experiencing a significant shift - a shift from joy and community to fear and uncertainty and loneliness. As we go through Holy Week, we remember how Jesus and all who loved him experienced fear, loneliness, pain, and even death. Maybe it feels a little overwhelming to enter into the heaviness of Holy Week when there are already so many hard things happening all around us.

 

But there is also good news in Holy Week.

It reminds us Jesus has felt what we feel, and he is with us even when we feel scared and alone. In Jesus, we see the promise that no matter how hard things get, even in the face of death itself, there is still the promise of resurrection, of new life. Every year we celebrate Holy Week to remember that in ordinary times and in the most challenging times, God is present with us and at work creating new life.

 

Things may look different afterward, there can be real loss, grief, and hardship, but we hold onto the promise of resurrection: new life will happen when the hard times have passed. So on this Palm Sunday, wherever we are, we wave our palms defiantly—finding joy and hope in the promise of new life and of Jesus with us.

 

Task 4

Write down the answers to the following questions:

  • What do you think it would have been like to be in Jerusalem when Jesus came into the city?
  • What helps you have hope when you face a difficult situation?
  • What stories do you remember when you feel worried, afraid, or uncertainty about the future?
  • What good news do you see right now?

 

Task 5

Look at the sheets below. Have a go at cutting out the palm leaf and unscrambling the puzzles.

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