On Sunday 19th February young people from parishes across Bromley Deanery attended the first Reflective Session, their first formal step working together towards the Faith in Action award for 2017.
Our focus for the day was – ‘We love because we are loved’
The aims and objectives for this afternoon session were as follows:
- Explore what it means to be loved
- Understand how God’s love gives us purpose
- Reflect on how our experience of love affects the way we live our lives
- Journal & Practical action
First we explored together the example of the ‘Good Samaritan’ and reflected as a group on the various ways this might speak to us and guide us to help others, even when the circumstances may be challenging and difficult (see the attached Scripture reflection below)
The Parable of The Good Samaritan
Jesus makes charity the new commandment. By loving his own “to the end”, Jesus makes manifest the Father’s love which He receives.
By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive.
And so, Jesus says : “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” (John 15:9)
And again, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Sean Devereux (25 November 1964 – 2 January 1993) was an English Salesian missionary and aid worker murdered in Kismayo, Somalia in 1993 while working for UNICEF. He has since become an important role model for the aid-working vocation, particularly among Christians.
How do we show love to others in everyday life?
To explore this topic further, the young people split into their respective groups (Pin, Bronze, Silver & Gold) to discuss in greater depth their understanding of what it means to love others and to share their progress for the Faith in Action award so far.
Examples of Faith in Action journal entries by our young people.
- 3D Cross
- Opportunity for quiet reflection & journal time
The youth were then led to make a 3D cross, to spend quiet time completing their journals and/or in prayer. The finished results and all other artwork produced was amazing!
Finally, the group came together again for our final liturgy. During this time, the youth were asked to write a short prayer or intention on pink hearts and to place them at the foot of the cross.
It was a prayerful and inspiring afternoon – many thanks to all the youth who attended this first session and to the Faith in Action team!
The Good Samaritan – Printable resources Faith In Action Printable Resources 19 February 2017
Group Handouts – Reflection day 1 19th Feb 2017 – Groups Handouts