Please find below a range of prayers and activities to share as a family.
Below this you will find a selection of questions/inspirational quotes to discuss as a together
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father
Thank you for your stories that show us that being worried and afraid are common feelings.
Thank you for people who care for us and are always willing to listen.
Thank you that you promise to be there for us whenever we need you.
We thank you for our friends and for the happy times that we share with them.
Help us to be a good friend to them.
During this time when we can’t play with our friends.
Please help us to find creative ways to safely keep in touch.
Thank you that you are our friend and will be with us always.
Dear Heavenly Father
We are thankful for families and friends.
For the beauty of nature and the world around us.
For all the things in life that we too often take for granted.
Please help us to be willing to show our thanks - not only in what we say, but also in what we do - every single day.
We are thankful.
Teach us to show our gratitude for what we have
By caring for those around us in these times of need,
By thinking of those putting themselves in harm’s way to help us,
Thank you that you made us.
Thank you that you want our lives to be wonderful.
Please help us to use everything that we have for the good of other people.
Please help us to use our hands to be kind and to care for others.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for giving us the gift of feelings.
Please help us to care for those who feel sad today.
Please help those who are lonely.
Please help us to bring peace when people are angry.
Please help us to share joy and laughter.
thank you for the ones who care,
the ones I know are always there.
Thank you for my home, my bed.
Thank you for my daily bread.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything.
A prayer for Easter
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the new life we celebrate at Easter.
We pray for our families, our friends, and all those we care about: fill them with hope and happiness
We pray for people who are unhappy today: those who are hungry, or homeless, may they find protection and peace.
We pray for those who are ill, or facing difficulties: may they find hope and be strengthened by the knowledge of your love.
Lord, accept our prayers, and be with us now and for ever.
Lord hear our prayer
A prayer for Pentecost
We thank you for the Holy Spirit coming into the world.
Thank you that the Spirit brings hope, comfort and peace.
Please help us to remember that the Holy Spirit brings a power that can energize,
Brings power that can make things happen,
Is invisible, yet has very real effects
And is a source of comfort and a life-giving force.
A prayer for Trinity Sunday
Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:
hold us firm in this faith,
that we may know you in all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three persons yet one God,
now and for ever.
1) Write down or say your own prayer to give thanks for your family and friends
2) Write down or say your own prayer to give thanks for all the Key Workers. Ask God to protect them.
3) Write down or say your own prayer asking God to look after and care for those who have the virus and their families. Ask God to help them and give them hope.
4) Write down or say a grace which you could share with your family to thank God for your food and those who provide/grow/cook it.
5) At the time of writing, Captain Tom Moore has raised over £28 million pounds for the NHS - and counting! Watch Captain Tom here https://youtu.be/EmYoB9av60s
Captain Tom is 99 years old and will be turning 100 on 30th of April
Each of us can do our bit to help each other right now. It might be something as simple as smiling at people, waving at them through a window or joining the Clap for Carers on our doorstep every Thursday night. We could place a rainbow or a teddy in the window to cheer people up, or even just be as helpful as possible around the house!
Let’s pause to think about what we could do to help each other right now.
Let’s pause to say, ‘Thank you’ to the NHS staff who are working so hard at the moment.
6) Many of us have dreams for the future. We may dream of a big house, a nice car, becoming famous, buying a special toy or doing a particular job. But how many of our dreams ever involve other people? Martin Luther King wanted to help others. He wanted to change unfairness and make a difference.
Martin Luther King helped to change the world. We might not be able to change the whole world straight away, but we can change little things in our schools and homes, and those changes can change our schools and homes for the better! Find out about Martin Luther King and listen to his famous speech, “ I have a dream.”
Ask the following questions, pausing to allow time for thought after each.
- What would happen if we all thought of others and their needs, rather than wanting what is best for ourselves?
- What would happen if we all decided to do something especially kind for three people every day this week?
- What would happen if our aim each day was to make it a better day for the people we meet
What makes a hero? Link to NHS staff, Emergency workers, Key workers compared to Batman, Spiderman etc
If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would you invent?
If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow to make it a better place, what rule would you make? Why?
Are you a good friend? Why do you think so? Would others say the same?
If you could give one gift (has to be the same) to every single child in the world, what gift would you give?
Would you ever lie for a friend? Does it depend on the reason?
Discuss what was meant by these quotes. What was the message these people wanted to send?
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” Muhammad Ali
“It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.” Elvis Presley
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Dr Seuss
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” C S Lewis the author of The Chronicles of Narnia.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we really are, far more than our abilities.” J K Rowling Author of the Harry Potter books.
“Promise me you'll remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think” A. A Milne author of Winnie the Pooh.
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” From Matilda by Roald Dahl.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” Dr Seuss the author of The Lorax.