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Over the next few weeks in R.E we are learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation.  There are 4 lessons below for you to complete over the next 2 weeks.  Remember to take pictures and video’s of your work and email it to year4@holycrossprimary.thurrock.sch.uk

 

Lesson 1:  The Call of Confirmation

Many people are baptised when they are babies. They will then usually be confirmed when they are older.

 

At the celebration of Confirmation, each one is called by name and invited to come to the front of the church. The bishop explains the readings to them and helps them to understand what Confirmation means. He says something like this:

 

‘On the day of Pentecost, the apostles received the Holy Spirit as the Lord had promised. They also received the power of giving the Holy Spirit to others and so completing the work of Baptism.’ The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with the love of God, providing us with the strength to be and act as followers of God.

 

The gift of the Holy Spirit which is received in the Sacrament of Confirmation is a spiritual sign of becoming more like Christ. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, the baptised share the life of Christ and in Confirmation the power of his Spirit is received, signified by the Sign of the Cross made with Chrism. The goodness of Christ should always be seen in the actions and way of life of a confirmed person. In Confirmation they choose to become active members of the Church, their lives are given completely to the service of all, as Christ’s was. Teach the children the prayer to the Holy Spirit:

 

“Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of thy love.”

 

Answer the questions below in full sentences:

  1. What gift do people receive at Confirmation?
  2. What is Confirmation asking of people?
  3. How do you think people can be active members of the Church?
  4. In what ways can people give their lives to serve others?
  5. How does God ensure that we have the help we need?
  6. What does this gift enable people to be and to do?

 

Lesson 2:

  • Using what the bishop might say in confirmation , as above, design a prayer card to be given to candidates as a memento and as a reminder of how to live their Christian lives

 

 

Lesson 3:  Living in the Light

The Holy Spirit is the powerful friend whom Jesus promised would help and support us after he had returned to his Father. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He

is the “friend” that Jesus talked about before he died. Christians believe that the power of the Holy Spirit can help us in our struggle between choosing right and wrong. The Holy Spirit can lead us into the light of Christ and guide us along life’s path.

Introduce the reading from the letter of John. When people are baptised and confirmed, they promise or someone promises for them, to turn away from what is wrong and follow in God’s light. This is John’s advice to the Christian family.

 

God is light, full of love. If we do wrong, we turn away from

God’s light and love and are not able to see goodness.

 At these times we are not sharing God’s life and love.

Some people think they can do wrong and still stay close to

God. They can’t!

If we live in light and love like God does, we are sharing in

God’s life and God will keep us safe, blest and loved.

Based on 1 John 1:5-7

 

Answer the questions below in full sentences:

  1. What happens to people when there is a power cut at night and what is it like when the light comes back?
  2. What do you think ‘living in the light of Jesus’ means? Give some examples?
  3. What happens when we turn away from God’s light?
  4. How might the Holy Spirit help us?

 

Lesson 4:

  • Create a dance with a series of strong and weak movements, which dramatises ‘coming out of the darkness into the light’. Reflect on a time when they have come from darkness into light.
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