The Lord's Prayer
Read the story through below about the procession of gifts in church.
Last Sunday, when I went to church with Dad and Grandma, Mr Sheridan asked my friend Clare and me if we would take up the gifts of bread and wine to the altar in the procession of gifts. I had never done it before and I felt quite excited. When the time came, I held the dish with the altar breads, which are called hosts, and carried it very carefully. Clare carried the wine and Mr Sheridan and Grandma took up the collection. Father James smiled at me. “Thank you, Clare and Tom,” he said. When I returned to my seat, I watched Father James offer the gifts and listened as he asked God our Father to bless the bread and wine that would become Jesus for us. We all replied, “Blessed be God forever.”
After the priest has said the words that Jesus used at the Last Supper, the parish family prepares to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. As part of preparing to receive Jesus everyone prays the family prayer that Jesus gave us, the Our Father. Explain that this is a family prayer because God is a Father to everyone and loves and cares for everyone.
Watch the video below to find out about The Lord's Prayer and what it means.
You can find a printable one to colour below.
Another lovely activity to help you remember the Lord's Prayer is a Lord's Prayer bracelet.
Find some thread or ribbon and match pony beads to the colours in the instructions. Maybe it will help you remember the Lord's Prayer!
The Lord's Prayer
Week 2 – Meals
Below is the story of The Last Supper based on Luke 22: 19-20 in the Bible. The Last Supper was the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples before he died. It is a very important meal. There is a video link below about The Last Supper.
The Last Supper (based on Luke 22:19-20)
The night before he died, Jesus and his friends went to Jerusalem to celebrate a special meal together.
While they were at table, Jesus took some bread blessed it, broke it and shared it out among his friends. He said, “Take and eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
Jesus’ friends took the bread and ate it, thinking about Jesus and knowing how much he loved them. They did not quite understand what he meant, but they began to think about it.
Later Jesus took a cup of wine. He blessed this too and gave it to them. He said, “Take and drink. This is my blood shed for you.” Jesus’ friends drank from the cup, wondering what Jesus meant but glad to be with him.
After they had finished supper, Jesus and his friends went to a garden. He was afraid and prayed to his Father. Then soldiers came and arrested him.
Today, people still celebrate this special meal when they gather for Mass. The priest repeats the words Jesus said at the Last Supper; “This is my body and this is my blood.” This is Jesus giving himself to us. Think about these questions
Q Why was this called the Last Supper?
Q What did Jesus do and say?
Q What food and drink did Jesus and his friends share?
Q What did Jesus ask people to do?
Q During Mass who does what Jesus did at the Last Supper?
This is a very famous mural painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, an Italian artist. Below there are instructions to create your very own Last Supper. It would be lovely to see your creations on Purple Mash!
The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci
Can you create your very own 'Last Supper'. Follow the instructions below!
Last Supper Templates
We are beginning a new topic this week all about Meals.
I would like you to have a think about a special meal that you have enjoyed. It may have been a birthday party, Christmas, First Communion or Baptism Celebration
Q Why was it so special?
Q Who made it special?
Q How it is good to share love and care at family meals.
Have a look at the activity below and draw your special meal and write down why you think it was special.
Watch the videos below so that you can learn a bit more about Mass.
Lesson 1: When the parish family gathers to celebrate Mass, we have an important part to play by listening to God’s Word. The priest (or deacon if there is one) reads the Gospel, the stories of the life of Jesus, who is the most special person for the parish family. We stand to listen to the Gospel. Look at the picture from Church’s Story 2 pages 12-13. Talk about the picture and discuss the importance of making the sign of the cross at this time.
One of the stories we hear at this time of year is about Mary and Joseph taking Jesus, as a baby, to be presented in the Temple. Explain that Mary and Joseph made many journeys to the Temple. We remember this story on 2nd February, the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus. Candles are blessed and carried on this day to remind us that Jesus would bring light and joy to the world.
Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple. They wanted to thank God for him. At the Temple, they met an old man called Simeon. He was a good and holy person. He often went to the Temple to pray. When he saw Jesus, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God. He said, “This baby will bring light and joy to the world.” Mary and Joseph were very surprised by Simeon’s words and didn’t know what he meant at the time. Simeon blessed them.
After that, they met Anna. She was eighty-four years old and spent all her time in the Temple praying. She said a thank-you prayer to God for Jesus and told everyone that he would bring happiness to those who loved God. Mary and Joseph took Jesus home to Nazareth where he grew up and learned to praise God.
Based on Luke 2: 23 - 40
Q Who are the special people in this story?
Q What did Simeon say about Jesus?
Q What do you think this meant?
Q How do you think Jesus brings light to the world?
Q How can we bring joy to others?
Task: Use the paper puppets to act out the story of Jesus being presented at the Temple.
Lesson 1: Recall the last session. There are quite a few people who welcome and help at Mass on Sunday. Talk about the people the children may have noticed. (If there are some children unfamiliar with Sunday Mass, refer to the occasions when there is a school Mass.) Some examples are listed below. Remember that although there are people with special roles at Mass everyone who is there is important and joins in by praying, listening, singing by saying the responses and by going forward for a blessing.
Some people have special roles at Sunday Mass: e.g. greeters, the priest, deacon, altar servers, readers, those who take the collection, bring up the bread and wine to the altar and the extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
Some people help prepare the church for Mass on Sunday e.g. flower arrangers and those who clean the church.
Q What special roles do some people have at Mass?
Q How do people join in at Mass?
Task: Look at the different jobs/roles on the picture sheet and the labels that go with them. Can you match the picture to the label? Have you seen any of these roles being carried out in church?
Lesson 2: Use the picture and the text from Church’s Story 2 pages 8-9. The priest leads the parish family as they gather to celebrate Mass at church on Sunday. The priest is a special person who has been chosen to do God’s work. The priest wears different coloured vestments according to the time of the Church’s Year. Green is worn in Ordinary times.
As a gathering hymn is being sung the priest and the altar servers process through the church to the altar. The priest, with everyone, makes the Sign of the Cross and says some words of welcome. After looking at the picture, discuss these questions together.
Q What is happening in this picture?
Q Which special person can you see?
Q What is the priest wearing?
Q What colour is the priest wearing? What time is it in the Church’s Year?
Q What is the priest doing?
Q What do you think he means by holding out his arms?
Task: Complete the worksheet remembering the words that the priest says at the beginning of Mass. Try to answer the questions about the role of the priest.
For children in Year 1, the focus is on recognising that there are special people in our lives who are there to help us and that on Sundays, when the parish family meet in church to celebrate the Good News of Jesus, there are people who do special jobs. They will learn that Jesus is the most special person for the parish family.
Lesson 1: Read Joe’s Story (see below) with your child. Then discuss these key questions together.
Q What do Joe and Tim like to do at Grandma and Grandad’s?
Q Who are the people in the photographs?
Q Who are the special people Joe tells you about?
Q Can you think of some other people who may have been special for Grandma?
Task: Together look for some photographs of the special people in your child’s life. Think about and discuss special people at school, clubs, church – who are they? What roles do they play? Why are they special?
Lesson 2: In ‘normal times’ the parish church is where the parish family gathers. Just like at home or in school everyone has their part to play in the parish family. It is a community. Look at the picture from Church’s Story 2 pages 6-7 In the picture people are welcoming those who are coming to church. Think about how it feels to be welcomed and discuss the role of these people in making people feel happy when they come to church. Have you seen these people when you go to church? Do they make you feel welcome?
Task: Use the template of the church and draw all of the things you would see inside. Can you label things such as the altar, flowers, pews and crucifix? Can you draw the people who welcome you at the door?
Last week you thought about who was special to you. Lots of you talked about your family and friends and how they love you and like to play games with you and you loved them. That made them very special to you.
This week, we are going to think about other special people that are in our community.
Below there is a powerpoint and some videos to help you think about who is special in our community and what jobs they do.
Choose someone in the community that you think is special and talk about why. You can use the template below to write it down and draw them.
We are beginning a new topic in our R.E. this term and it is all about special people.
Today I would like you to think of who is special to you. Talk about it with someone in your house and decide who is special and then discuss why you think they are special.
Who is special to you?
Why are they special to you?
Maybe you could create me a poster or draw your special people on paper and write down why they are special. Some of you will be able to write some super sentences about who is special and why. Some of you can have a go at writing some describing words to label your picture.
There is a template below if you would like to use that.
Don't forget to upload your work onto Purple Mash so that I can see your fantastic work!