We begin our RE as we always do with a quiet space, the lights dim and sometimes some light music. We make the sign of the cross on our bodies and join together to say:
Our Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
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LEARNING FOCUS 4: Jesus teaches his disciples about forgiving.
The friends of Jesus asked him about forgiving people who had hurt them. Peter thought it would be good to forgive them seven times and that would be quite hard to do. Peter was surprised when Jesus told him that you have to keep on forgiving, but he did say that the person who had done wrong should say sorry and really mean it.
Share God’s Story 2 About forgiving.
Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘If my friend keeps hurting me, how many times do I have to forgive him/her? Seven times?
‘No, not seven times,’ answered Jesus, ‘but seventy times seven.’ Based on Matthew 18: 21-22.
Note and discuss:
- Seventy times seven is a way of saying always.
- How do you think Peter felt when he heard what Jesus had to say?
- How do you make up with others after something has gone wrong?
- How do you feel when you realise you have to keep forgiving?
- What does reconcile mean and how does it happen?
SOME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES | ADULT DIRECTED GROUP ACTIVITY
- On a template of a stepping stone or a foot print ask the children to write words of friendship and forgiveness. Display them with the title ‘The pathway to forgiveness’.