Lesson plan • I found this a difficult lesson to do as many of my younger children will find meditating difficult. I am going to do a short discussion lesson starting at slide 3 up to slide 6. • The next day I will use slide 6 to 13 in the morning as a morning prayer session, with children reading it. • Notes on the Coventry altar of forgiveness are on the next slide for your info to share with the children. I will tell them about it at the end of the lesson when I show slide 6.That way the meditation session can start with the picture.
The Anglican Cathedral at Coventry During WW2 Coventry was biltzed by the Germans. Eventually the power to the water pumping station was cut and as a result firemen could not get water to fight the fires. The sat and cried as they watched their city burn. It was a beautiful medieval city. The Cathedral also burned. The lead from the roof melted and the old timbers burned. The next day the Dean of the Cathedral walked through the ruins and looked at the city. He picked up two of the timbers and asked a workman to fix them together and he wrote Father forgive on the beams, as he knew he, and others had a choice about how they responded to the tragedy. Their choice was to forgive and when the war ended they were among the first people to offer help to some of the German towns. The first international peace centre was set up in the crypt of the old cathedral and they take as their symbol a cross of nails. A cross made with the nails fallen out of the old charred timbers. A new cathedral has been built but they have kept the remains of the old cathedral. Once the burnt timbers were cleared away, a permanent altar of forgiveness was set up and services are held there.
Today we are learning more about the giving and forgiving nature of God.
Based on Ephesians 4:26, 31-32 "Even if you feel very angry, don’t break God’s law of love. Never let the sun go down, never go to bed still feeling very angry with one another. Always do your best to sort out quarrels, grudges and resentments from the very beginning. If you don’t, they will grow and will destroy not only other people and your life together, but yourself as well. Be generous, understanding, sympathetic and forgiving. Forgive each other as quickly and generously as God forgives you.
Talk about the passage with your talk partners Why did Paul tell the Christian family in Ephesus ‘never to let the sun go down on their anger’?
"Even if you feel very angry, don’t break God’s law of love. When you are angry do you ever hurt someone with what you say or do?
Never let the sun go down, never go to bed still feeling very angry with one another.. Do you ever go to bed angry with a friend, a Mum or Dad or brother or sister?
Always do your best to sort out quarrels, grudges and resentments from the very beginning. Do you try to be a peacemaker and sort things out?
If you don’t, they will grow and will destroy not only other people and your life together, but yourself as well. When you are angry, do you have time to see all the good things around you?
Be generous, understanding, sympathetic and forgiving. Are you trying to do these things?
Forgive each other as quickly and generously as God forgives you Do you forgive your friends and your enemies? God forgives you.
Father, make us strong so we follow your way of love and help us to be ready to forgive others so we are at peace with ourselves and others. Lord, in your love Hear our prayer