Reflection: Responding to Tragedy

Reflection: Responding to Tragedy

There are moments in life where you remember exactly where you were when news of great suffering breaks. Today’s events in Brussels brought back memories of the Paris attacks and how the indiscriminate acts of terror in the French capital brought the world to a standstill. Today like then leaders have been quick to talk about being at war against terror. But there is another way! One news item stood out among the many hours of news coverage and that was the powerful response of Antoine Leiris whose wife was a victim in the attacks. We might not always know why things happen the way they do but how we respond to the situations we face is important. Finding a practical outlet for our feelings and emotions is crucial; Job ripped his clothes and shaved his hair, Antoine Leiris penned a letter. As a response to the video invite  members of the group to light a candle – you could play some gentle music in the background. As they do so encourage them to think about a form of suffering in the world, a situation they are going through, or perhaps someone they know. They might want to say their own silent prayer but once everyone has lit a candle you could close with a short prayer. For those who suffer and those who cry this day, give relief from all that they carry Lord. Let them experience your true peace. Love them when others cannot. Hold them when human arms fail. Hear their prayers, and let them hear Your Word of Peace in their lives....
The Lord’s Prayer Drama

The Lord’s Prayer Drama

The Lord’s Prayer Drama Characters  Person (seen)  God (unseen) Script Person: Our Father, who… God: Yes? Person: Don’t interrupt me! I’m praying. God: But you called me. Person: Called you? I didn’t call you. I was praying. Our Father who art in heaven… God: There, you did it again. Person: Did what? God: Called me. You said, “Our Father who art in heaven.” Here I am. What’s on your mind? Person: But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord’s Prayer. It makes me feel good, sort of like getting a job done. God: All right. Go on. Person: Hallowed be thy name… God: Hold it! What do you mean by that? Person: By what? God: By “hallowed be thy name”? Person: It means…it means…. Good grief! How should I know what it means? It’s just part of the prayer. (pause) By the way, what does it mean? God: It means honoured, holy, wonderful. Person: Ah, that makes sense. I never thought about what hallowed meant before. Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God: Do you really mean that? Person: Of course! Why not? God: What are you going to do about it? Person: Do? Nothing, I suppose. I just think it would be rather good it you got control of things down here the way you have up there. God: Have I got control of you? Person: Well, I go to church. God: That isn’t what I asked you. What about that bad temper?...
Children’s Session: Prayer

Children’s Session: Prayer

Children’s Session Prayer Prayer Collage In the week before this activity collect a variety of local newspapers. Organize your class into twos and threes and give each group a different local newspaper. Have the groups look through the newspapers for stories of people they would like to pray for. It’s not hard to find people who have been victims of different crimes, are facing challenges, or would benefit from prayer in some way. Have them create a collage of newspaper stories, with short prayers for the people they want to pray for written on the collage. Feelings Prayer Game Game Board: feelings prayer game Dots and Squares Prayer Game You will need: A piece of paper, pens or pencils (each player should have a different colour) Draw some dots in lines and columns on the paper The example below has 10 rows of 7 dots. Each player takes it in turns to draw a line between two of the dots.  Eventually, you will be able to close up boxes.  Whoever draws the line that closes the box can write or draw inside the box… Someone’s name- ask God to bless them and help them Something that you want to thank God for Something you would like to ask God for Take time to say the prayer out loud or in your head, then carry on! The winner is the player who has filled the most boxes by the end of the game. Worksheets Directions Prayer Maze Prayer Wordsearch Popcorn Challenge To start off have the kids stand in two straight lines, facing each other. The kids will be paired up in...
Children’s News Feed Wall

Children’s News Feed Wall

    Create a ‘News feed’ wall, encourage the children to write on strips of paper things that they’ve done, news they have etc and stick them onto the News Feed. For younger children you may want to use speech bubbles. It can also be used to help tell that days story eg the main character sharing something important. The wall can also act as a prompt to remind children and young people some of the activities or stories you’ve been looking at in previous weeks. It could also have an evaluation application and for church groups it could be a way of introducing the theme of prayer and how we can share anything with God....