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  You may be starting school for the first time or beginning at a new or different school.  You may be starting a new group, such as Brownies or Cubs or maybe a sports group.  You might even be furthering your love of God by being Confirmed or thinking about making your First Holy Communion and Reconciliation.  All of us also belong to our own family groups where we work, play and eat together.

  The Gospels for the readings in September all feature our theme of Belonging.  Mark’s Gospel follows Jesus and his disciples as they go about the activities in a similar way that we do in our lives.  God invites us to belong to his family in Baptism and then as we grow in his love, we share him in our Mass in the most special way that we can.

  Think about what it means to you to be part of God’s family and the special privilege that this gives you?  Think about how you can welcome new friends to Mass?  Think about those who are great in God’s kingdom and how they willingly serve others.  Mark’s Gospel, chapter 9 verse 37 says, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

 

Colour in our picture of belonging to God

 

 

I Wonder …

 

   I wonder what you like best about being in God’s family?

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   I wonder what is difficult about being in a family?

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   I wonder where you feel most close to God in Mass today?

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The following story is all about a son who left his family taking his money with him.  When he had spent this money, he returned to his family and they were very pleased to see him.

Can you find the story of the Prodigal Son in chapter 15 of St Luke’s Gospel?  If not, get a grown up to find it for you and read the story together.

Questions for discussion:

  1. How many sons were there?
  2. What did the second son do with his money?
  3. When he had no food, where did the second son get his food from?
  4. What did the father do when the second son had returned?
  5. How did the first son feel when the second son came back?
  6. What can we learn from this story? (You will need an adult to help you talk about this message).

 

 

Activity:  Write down or draw the names of two groups that you are a member of in the circles below.  Think of and write down the names of the people who you see in those groups.  Are there any who are in both groups?   You may need an adult to help you with this activity.

 

 

We are all called to follow GOD and by following his example we show others his love.  Can you think of any ways that people answer that invitation today?  Some ideas to get you started are: helping others, being kind.  Then, write them in the heart and decorate it.