In Monday’s Act of Worship, we looked at this week’s word: Inclusion. Not many of the children had heard of the word, so Mrs Beer invited them to think of a word which sounds similar – they said “include”. And that’s what inclusion means: including everyone, no matter our differences.
Just like Jesus included everyone – even unpopular members of society such as lepers and tax collectors – we, as followers of Christ must ensure we are not leaving anyone out. After all, whether we are boys or girls, are from England, Poland or Romania, have black skin or pale skin, are tall or short, we are all children of God.
We heard this reading:
A Reading from the letter of St James
My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance. Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, “Have this best seat here,” but say to the poor man, “Stand over there, or sit here on the floor by my feet,” then you are guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making judgments based on evil motives.
Our mission this week is, therefore, to reach out to someone who often gets left out. This could be someone one their own in the playground, someone who struggles with maths, someone who finds it hard to be a good friend or someone who cannot speak English well, for example.
We finished with the Prayer of St Francis:
Remember to let us know in the comments below how you have achieved this week’s mission.