This week we think about words. What was the last thing someone said to you? Can you remember the exact words they used? We use words to give information; to give instructions; to persuade; to encourage; to ask questions; to explain. We use words in positive ways but we also use words in negative ways. We can all remember things people have said to us that hurt us – sometimes they meant to do this and sometimes they didn’t. Words can affect how people feel about themselves and their effects can last for a long time. We need to be careful. Lent starts next week when people traditionally give up something. Could you give up saying negative things about yourself and about other people? Find out what a difference it would make to how you feel.
The Collective Worship for this week is based on our Gospel reading for last Sunday. It is from John 1:1-14. Listen to Rev Yvonne and Rev Mary talk about it here. You could also read it for yourself in your Bible if you would like to. This reading is a little bit like poetry. Notice how the words fit together.
God’s words are very powerful. At the beginning of the Bible, in Genesis, God spoke and creation happened (he didn’t have to actually make anything, just say “Let there be …” and it was there). If you look at the reading in your Bible you will see that the ‘Word’ is always written with a capital letter. This is because the ‘Word’ in this reading is Jesus. It says that Jesus was with God (and was God) when everything was created.
Jesus’ words are also very powerful. He uses words to calm a storm, to heal people, to teach his disciples.
Think of some of the stories about Jesus that we have looked at or that you know, and a few key words for each that you would use if you were telling the story to someone. Use this link to make your words into a word cloud.
When we speak to different people or groups of people our way of speaking changes. Use this activity to explore how this happens. You can make it into a game with your family. Write the roles on sticky notes, stick one to your forehead and try to guess who you are by how other people are speaking to you. You can make up other people or groups to add to the list.
When we pray we are talking to God. Do you use prayers that have been written by other people or do you use your own words? There is no ‘right’ way to pray, we can do it differently at different times or in different situations.
It can be very difficult to give instructions or explain something without using words. We might have to act out what we mean or draw a picture to show it. This link has ideas for drawing games and this one has the rules for some others. You can play these games with your family or adapt them a little to be able to play with others remotely.
You could play scrabble or boggle or pictionary if you have them or do a crossword or wordsearch puzzle.
Remember that our words are important and we need to use them carefully especially if we disagree with someone.