This term in RE we are learning about Jesus and his mission, which all Christians try to follow.
A mission is a personal task that we try to achieve. Christians choose to follow the example of Jesus, who had a mission to tell others about the word and wonder of God.
Some background for our learning:
In the Gospels, we read about Jesus’s mission. ‘Gospel’ means ‘Good News’. The Good News that Jesus came to share is that God loves each of us, and that living in God’s way brings justice and peace to the entire world. Jesus carried out his mission through the things he said and the things he did. He travelled through towns and villages preaching and proclaiming the Good News. He started doing this when he was about 30 years old. Jesus did not carry out his mission on his own; he called people to join him. He chose twelve of his followers to be his apostles – people who helped him tell others the Good News about God. The twelve apostles and some women went with Jesus on his travels.
The Church, the Christian family, is made up of smaller Christian families called dioceses. Each diocese is led by a bishop. The bishops carry on the work of ‘the twelve’, the apostles, who continued the work and mission of Jesus. Our school is in the Diocese of Southwark.
There are other Christian families which are not part of the Catholic Church. Ecumenism is the word used for promoting unity among Christian churches. One of the final prayers of Jesus was that all Christian families might be one, united in a spirit of love, truth and mutual respect.
1) Learn the Christian song God’s Spirit is in My Heart.
What does it tell you about Jesus’s mission?
How could Christians today fulfil this mission in the modern world?
2) Think of some inspirational charities or community groups that you know about. How do they continue Jesus's mission?
You could research a local group, or a large charity like the RNLI, Caritas, CAFOD, Mission, NSPCC or RSPCA.
Think about how the things they do reflect the teachings and values of Jesus.
Now write a paragraph to explain this, or draw a labelled comic strip showing different actions and how they link to Jesus's teachings.
3) Create an action plan to begin your own charity.
What is your mission? Who or what is your inspiration? What will you do and why? What problems might you face? What good things could you achieve?
4) Create a ‘wanted’ poster to attract suitable people to share Jesus’ mission.
What personal qualities will they need to have? What kind of work will they need to be willing to do? Mention these in the text on your poster.
5) Learn about the crest of the Diocese of Southwark.
What do the different symbols stand for? Ask an adult to help explain if needed.
Now invent and draw your own coat of arms for the diocese. Include labels to explain the symbols you have chosen. Why are they suitable? What do they mean? How do they reflect Jesus’s values and his mission?
6) Learn about other parts of the Christian family.
The Catholic church is one of several Christian denominations (branches of the Christian faith), which are all part of the wider family of Christianity. Read the worksheet below to learn about some other denominations.
(Please note this sheet is written for secondary school students, so don't worry if you don't understand all of the words.)
How are the denominations similar and how are they different?
Create a poster or piece of art showing the hope of Jesus that all Christians should be united as one.