Mission Team – Year of Mary, the Mother of God.

The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next two years’ World Youth celebrations, culminating in Panama in 2019. Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as ‘a role model to be imitated’. Consequently we have decided to continue our ‘Year of …’ plans with a Year of Mary. Each month is linked to a virtue shown by Mary and celebrates her many names.

The Mission Team delivered a lovely liturgy based on the Mother of God and prepared a reflective prayer table for our whole school assembly.

Mission Team Focal Point

The children returned to school this week after the Christmas holidays and were very excited to create the focal point for today’s assembly. The children focussed on the Gospel reading according to John 1:35-38 which talks about the arrival of our Messiah, Jesus. The children were inspired and created a lovely focal point for the rest of the school to enjoy. Well done, Mission Team.

 

Mission Week

Mission Week was a fantastic success. The children were involved in lots of different activities such as visiting Burnopfield Care Home to sing Christmas Carols, making prayer crackers, prayer chains and jigsaw pieces (to represent the theme Unbroken) that we displayed to the public on class prayer tables. The Mission Team worked very hard and helped deliver an assembly based around the Rosary. It was also lovely for St. Patrick’s Dipton to join us in our Mission Mass along with their Mission Team.

 

The Mission Team Liturgy

The Mission Team planned and delivered this week’s Liturgy. The children decided to read the Gospel from Matthew 25: 35-40 all about looking after others such as giving people food when they are hungry and water when they are thirsty.

The children then created a focal point based around this Gospel.

Well done Mission Team!

 

Statement to Live by

This week, the Mission Team planned and delivered a wonderful Statement to Live by liturgy. We celebrated the winners of this weeks statement to live by which was ‘I know how to look after myself’. The Mission Team then read the Gospel according to Matthew 22:36-39. The children discussed the reasons why we should try to love your neighbour as yourself and how we can do this. Some of the Year 4 children also prepared a fantastic video relating to the Good Samaritan, which showed that a mother and child and a teenager were too preoccupied to help an elderly lady who was struggling with her shopping bags and wanted to call a taxi to get home. In the end, a window cleaner (who was busy at work) stopped and helped the lady kindly. You can view the video of the Year 4 children on our facebook page. Again, this was a very clear message that although we are busy in everyday life, we should always try and look after others. We ended our Liturgy with a fantastic song that the children love to sing  ‘My Lighthouse’.

Today, the children planned the liturgy which will be happening during tomorrow’s statement to live by. The children chose the following:

 

Gather: Join together as a school and sing our first hymn ‘Thank you Lord’.

Word: To read the Gospel according to Matthew 22: 36 – 39.

Response: Say the Our Father.

Mission: To love one another as ourselves. Sing our final hymn, ‘My Lighthouse’.

The children also created a beautiful focal point based around our new statement to live by which is ‘I try to love others as I love myself’ which links perfectly to the Gospel the children chose to read.

Well done Mission Team for all your hard work and we look forward to your whole school liturgy tomorrow!

Remembrance Day Liturgy led by the Mission Team

The Mission Team planned and delivered the Remembrance Day Liturgy in front of the whole school. The children decided on how everyone would gather, the word they would like to share from our Gospel readings, the response and how to go forth. The Mission Team played a very important role of accepting each class candle at the beginning of the Liturgy, placing the wreath onto the focal point and singing and dancing to the final hymn, Thank you Lord. We are very proud teachers – well done Mission Team! To see the children in action, please click on the link below!

 

Thank you Lord

Mission Team Focal Points

The Mission Team have been working with Ruth Corless, who has been working with the children, to help them create child-led focal points. The Mission Team thought of resources they could use for a prayer table and used them for a quiet reflection and worship in church along with Fr Dixon.

Well done Mission Team!

 

Preparation for Remembrance Sunday

Today, the children gathered in our whole school assembly. The mission Team set up a fantastic focal point all about Remembrance Sunday next week. The included a wreath, candles, a big poppy, crucifix, Gospel and prayers which they had written. As a school, we remembered those people who have died for us and people who may have been in our families.