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Flames of Fire
w/c 10 June 2019
Liturgical Year: Pentecost Sunday
Gospel: Acts 2:1-11 (This is the alternative reading, not the Sunday Gospel)
At Pentecost we remember the disciples gathered in the upper room, fearful for their own lives following the crucifixion. As they sat together, flames of fire appeared to them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and with courage. They started spreading the Good News of the resurrection amongst all people.
The prayers this week are centred around releasing peace and spreading the fire of Christ’s love throughout our communities and the wider world.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
- A pencil and paper for each pupil or, ideally, red, yellow and orange sticky notes to be used to create ‘flames’.
- One large sheet of paper with the outline of a fire drawn onto it.
HOW TO LEAD
Sit the pupils in a circle.
Pass the Peace (*see below for instructions on this daily starter activity)
Music plays automatically.
- Give each child a piece of paper and ask them to think about the day’s prayer focus.
- Take a few prayer suggestions to make sure they’ve got the idea before they work independently.
- Ask them to draw or write their prayer for peace on their ‘flame’.
- One by one, invite the pupils forward to place their prayer flame onto the ‘fire’.
Daily Prayer focuses are as follows:
Monday: Peace across the world. (Slide 3)
Tuesday: Peace in the places where we live. (Slide 6)
Wednesday: Peace amongst our friends and family. (Slide 9)
Thursday: Peace to the person to the left of them. (Slide 12)
Friday: For courage to be peacemakers. (Slide 15)
Close each day with a prayer / response. You may wish to have half the class (e.g. girls/ boys) read the first part and the other half make the response.
*PASS THE PEACE – STARTER ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:
- Explain that the class are going to pass on the peace like they do when they offer the Sign of Peace at Mass. The purpose is to remind us of how the Holy Spirit passed peace to the disciples at Pentecost.
- The Prayer Leader should read the italicised text on Slide 2 then, carefully, either pass a hand squeeze round the circle or shake hands one by one round the circle.
- Read the second block of text on Slide 2 and pass the peace round the circle in the opposite direction.
- After writing their prayers and sticking them on the fire, ask the pupils to rub their hands quickly together to create warmth and then hold them towards the complete ‘fire’ to show that they have the fire of the Holy Spirit inside them, helping them to be peacemakers.
- The Prayer Leader should click to reveal and read the prayer on Slide 15, then leave the music playing for a short time of private prayer before closing on Slide 16.
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