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Kids of Integrity – Forgiveness

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED RESOURCE FOR TEACHING GOSPEL VALUES!!!

This is a great website for teaching the Gospel Value of Forgiveness. The website contains lesson plans, ideas about how to incorporate Bible stories, prayers, roleplays, craft activities, etc.

Definitely worth a look to help you incorporate the Gospel Value of Forgiveness into your RE program.

http://www.kidsofintegrity.com/lessons/forgiveness 

 

 

The Worry Jar (Gospel Reflection: Year B – Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time)

This Sunday’s Gospel reading touches on an anxious part of human life – worries and concerns.

Jesus teaches us, however, that we ought not to let worries and concerns consume us. Jesus teaches us that our faith ought to lead us to trust in God’s protection and love, no matter how strong the whirlwind going on around us.  Like the disciples, we can bring our worries and concerns to Jesus in prayer. Jesus will hear our cries for help. He knows that our faith can be fragile and he will act so that our trust in God will be strengthened.

An activity related to Sunday Gospel is found below:

 

SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:35-41  Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.

With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ They were filled with awe and said to one another, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’

 

DISCUSS:

  • Why were the disciples worried about the storm?
  • Why wasn’t Jesus worried about the storm?

 

ACTIVITY:

Make a Worry Jar.  This can be a place to put all your worries so that we do not need to keep thinking about them. Just knowing that your worries are contained in the jar can free you from having to replay them in your mind.

To make a worry jar, you will need a real glass or plastic jar.  You can decorate and label it.  Once the jar is completed, write down any worries on pieces of paper.   Fold each worry and put it in the jar.  Ensure that the jar remains closed otherwise.

Schedule “Worry Time”.  Worry time is a set time of day when you have permission to worry as much as you want. Of course, when worry time is over, then the worrying must end for the day.  Choose 10-15 minutes a day/week and write down when worry time is on the worry jar (e.g., 4 PM to 4:15 PM).

During Worry Time, the worry jar may be opened, look inside and any worries can be discussed and/or reviewed.

To end worry time, have a timer or alarm sound to indicate that worry time is over for the day.  Close the jar and put the worries away.