Week 4: Word of the Week – Respect

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19: 18

This week is anti-bullying week. The theme for this year is ‘respect’. Do your actions always deserve respect from other people? Do you always give people the respect they deserve?

Read the scripture. Which line stands out to you? Do you always show love to your neighbour? One of the easiest ways to do this is through your words. Don’t underestimate the power of positive words!

Take a speech bubble from your form tutor now, and on it write a word or a phrase that you think we should say more often. When you have finished bring it forward to go on display for anti-bullying week.

Dear Lord, help me make the right decisions and to do the right things in life. Help me to live my life as you would want by being caring, loving, and respectful to others and to follow in Jesus’ footsteps by being kind and treat others as I would like to be treated.  Amen

Day 2:

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7: 12

Respect – it’s a word we say every day but do we live it?

Look at the scripture quote again – do you give others the respect that you would like to receive? Is the way you treat people the way you wish to always be treated?

• What were the messages in the film?
• Did you understand what all the words meant?
• Did you agree with the messages in the film?

Take some time now to write your own short spoken word poem. You can use any of the words that stood out for you in the film or create something original.

Dear Lord, help me to accept people the way they are, to have right judgement  and so be a loving, caring, compassionate and respectful person especially to those people who I find difficult to love. As each day goes by help me to appreciate the friends and family I have who love me. Amen

Day 3: Who do you respect?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

Who do you respect? Why?

Is there anyone you don’t respect? Why?

Do the actions of others affect your own actions? How do you ensure people respect you? What qualities do you have that other people might respect?

Draw out a large bubble letter for the first letter of your name. In it write or draw all the characteristics you respect in other people. Perhaps things like friendliness, helpfulness, kindness, loyalty, honesty etc. When you have done find a space on your letter and write a short prayer asking for help to always display characteristics that others will respect in you.

And today we bring all our prayers together and ask Mary to intercede for us as we say Hail Mary . . .