Peacefulness is an inner sense of calm. It comes especially in quiet moments of reflection or gratitude.
It is getting very quiet and looking at things calmly, so you can understand them better.
Let’s work on being people of peace.
May we work through conflict peacefully.
May we learn to be calm under pressure.
May we be good examples of peacefulness to our children.
Some discussion starters for families and classrooms…
- What does kindness mean?
- Have you ever witnessed a kindness ripple effect – where people were kind as a result of receiving kindness?
- How can small efforts make a big difference?
- What other celebrations do we have to promote kindness?
- How can you let someone know you care?
- Why do people deserve kindness?
- Make a kindness resolution, and then write about your experience.
- Think of a movie or book that portrays kindness. What does this story teach people?
- How can we influence others to be kind?
- Who is the kindest person you know?
- What does kindness teach people?
- How can showing kindness have an impact on people?
- When you think about kindness, what comes to mind?
- Write about some striking examples of kindness in the world.
- Write about how you can start being more kind to your parents.
- What can kindness do?
- How can you use honesty to be more kind?
- Write about a time when someone was kind to you – how did it make you feel?
- Is it ever difficult to be kind?
- What does it feel like to have someone thank you for being kind?
- Write about three adults who show great kindness.
- What should you do if you’re in a bad mood and you don’t feel like being kind?
- What are several ways you can be more kind to your classmates?
- Write a story about someone whose life is changed by kindness.
- How can we incorporate kindness into our school year?
- Write a story about Kevin the Kind Koala.
- Has your day ever been changed by kindness?
- How can our family/class promote kindness?
- Why is kindness important?
- How do you see people respond to kindness?
- Who are some people who could benefit from receiving kindness?
- How do you feel when you witness other people being kind?
- Write about a kind way that you can remind others to be kind when you witness bad behaviour.
- Where do you see kindness in our community?
- What power do you have to spread more kindness?
- Have you ever chosen kindness over your own wants?
- Why do people sometimes forget to be kind?
- What are some memories you have of kindness?
- Why is it important to use kind language?
- What have your parents taught you about kindness?
- Write a story about someone who has difficulty being kind. What does this person learn?
- How can you show kindness by volunteering?
- Write about a time when you were kind to someone else. How did you feel afterward?
- What other things in the world deserve kindness?
- How does sharing promote kindness?
- What is something kind you can do for a friend today?
- When is it important to be kind?
- Write a poem about kindness.
- How can seeing something from someone else’s perspective help you to be more kind?
- What do you believe is the greatest thing about kindness?
- Sacrifice Our Wants for Others’ Needs Sunday: How can you make a sacrifice for someone today?
- Motorist Consideration Monday: How can you make room for others in your life today?
- Touch a Heart Tuesday: How can you touch someone’s heart today?
- Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday: How can you lend someone a hand today?
- Thoughtful Thursday: How can you be more thoughtful today?
- Forgive Your Foe Friday: How can you be forgiving today?
- Speak Kind Words Saturday: How can you speak kind words today?
Faithfulness is about devotion. loyalty. dependability. truth. fidelity. trustworthiness and staying true to one’s word, promises, vows.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3
This little clip gives some simple and good advice to parents about how to develop faithfulness in children.
Once again it points to how important our own role modelling is … if we want our children to learn the value of faithfulness we need to model it in our daily lives.
The children will be exploring this Fruit of the Holy Spirit in the next 5 weeks.
What challenges our ability to love others – especially those whom we might find it hard to love?
What are we going to change so that our hearts are more open to loving others despite their annoyances and flaws?
What are we going to change in ourselves so we are easier to love?
What are we teaching our children about the nature of real love – that is, the big expansive love that is highlighted in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
Let us pray: