Rebuild & Renew - January

January’s virtue:  Courage

 

There is  a story about fear and courage entitled, “The Monster Who Grew Small.”  In it a young boy, Miobi, is afraid of everything that moves.  A regular scaredy cat.  Miobi is led on a journey where he must face his worst fears and find courage within.  This ultimately means facing a monster so large and horrible, a whole village is terrified of it.  He discovers an unexpected truth in the process.  The closer he gets to the

monster the smaller it gets and the farther he runs from it the larger it looms.  Once he realizes this, the monster is no longer a threat. In fact, it’s no bigger than a baby kitten which he can now hold in his hand.  He brings it back to the village where the people who had lived in fear of the monster are now both relieved and curious.  They ask if the Monster has a name.  The monster answers, “I have many names. Some call me Famine, and some Pestilence (or perhaps Pandemic?), but the most pitiable of humans give me their own names.” It yawned again, and then added, “But most people call me What-Might-Happen.”

We live in a spirit of fear when we place our energy and focus on “What-Might-Happen…”  The unknown is scary, no doubt about it.    We can take great solace, however, in the passage from the New testament:   “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  2 Timothy 1:7  here the author asserts that God has not placed within us a spirit of fear.  Just the opposite in fact!  When fear of any kind has its grip on us, we have a choice.  We can focus on What-Might-Happen and drive ourselves crazy with anxiety over what we cannot control.  Or we can choose to focus on What-Has-Happened!  In our baptism in Christ Jesus, we already have within us the power, the love, and the courage to face whatever life may ask us to face. And never alone.

Lower Elementary (Gr K-3)                                               

KNOW

Bible story:  Paul’s Conversion  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eRXq-cKmr0

Prayer:   The Serenity Prayer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRPITm-tsM                                                                                

Saint:  Paul the Apostle   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0p0W_Zbt1s

LIVE

What is courage   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkg-ffNGv_E

Brave and Strong song  (copy and paste into a browser) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjdofjoLmvs  

GROW

Courage prayer activity to do with parent--- https://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2015/09/esther-finding-courage-prayer-activity.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+FlameCreativeChildrensMinistry+(Flame:+Creative+Children%27s+Ministry)

Blind courage activity with parent  https://www.kidsofintegrity.com/lessons/courage/hands-options/blind-courage

Seeing eye dog video--  Seeing-eye dog leads blind man from burning home - CBS News

Upper Elementary (Gr 4-6)                               

KNOW

Bible story:  Paul’s Conversion  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlXFy3zjJh4

Prayer:   The Serenity Prayer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRPITm-tsM                                                                                

Saint:  Paul the Apostle   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0p0W_Zbt1s

LIVE

Courage and Fear   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1CxKPrK5GY

Courageous song    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkM-gDcmJeM

GROW

Courage activity to do with parent  https://www.kidsofintegrity.com/lessons/courage/hands-options/snuff-out-fear

Courage Activities List    https://carrotsareorange.com/ways-teach-kids-courage/

Middle School (Gr 7 & 8)

KNOW

Bible story:  Paul’s Conversion  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N0CTqfEHyI

Prayer:   The Serenity Prayer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRPITm-tsM                                                                                

Saint:  Paul the Apostle   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvHnGnW6vI8&autoplay=1&list=PL58g24NgWPIzvBk2IQVES_xC4WTm6-CDI 

LIVE

Courageous song  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkM-gDcmJeM

Courage kids—play through 3.20 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRWU4V4OY68

Courage motivational video—Will you?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNmviNR1-sM

GROW

How to be brave  (copy and paste link into browser)  https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-be-brave-a-video-for-kids-or-their-support-crew/

Courage activities list:  https://carrotsareorange.com/ways-teach-kids-courage/

High School (Gr 9-12)                                 

KNOW

Bible story:  Paul’s Conversion  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N0CTqfEHyI

Prayer:   The Serenity Prayer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iRPITm-tsM                                                                                

Saint:  Paul the Apostle   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvHnGnW6vI8&autoplay=1&list=PL58g24NgWPIzvBk2IQVES_xC4WTm6-CDI

LIVE

Courageous song  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkM-gDcmJeM

Courage definition   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XTcB1evO8c

Courage motivational video—Will you?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNmviNR1-sM

GROW

How to be brave  (copy and paste link into browser)  https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-be-brave-a-video-for-kids-or-their-support-crew/

Courage exercises   https://soulsalt.com/courage-exercises/

Courage muscles  https://www.success.com/5-bold-exercises-to-work-your-courage-muscle/

Adults and Parents

KNOW

Understanding Courage:  https://stepswithgod.com/understanding-force-courage/

A Parable about Fear (not just for kids)  http://www.na-recovery.org/board/index.php?topic=1427.0

Courageous Women of the Bible:  https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/women/10-examples-of-feminine-courage-from-women-in-the bible.html#:~:text=10%20Examples%20of%20Feminine%20Courage%20from%20Women%20in,Ruth.%20...%205%20Hannah.%20...%20More%20items...%20

LIVE                           

Facing up to Our Fears:  https://eng.1sept.ru/article.php?ID=200702212

Steps to Courage: www.bing.com/videos/search?q=catholic+courage&&view=detail&mid=7EEF279CF0BBA40CC3587EEF279CF0BBA40CC358&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dcatholic%2520courage%26qs%3Dn%26form%3DQBVDMH%26sp%3D-1%26pq%3Dcatholic%2520courage%26sc%3D8-16%26sk%3D%26cvid%3D7297D3698E7D4FDAA0D490BBB4186715

Courage In the time of Covid (video): https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=courage+and+covid&docid=608003001221055821&mid=BA22B05FBC0CC97B60CFBA22B05FBC0CC97B60CF&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

 GROW

Courage and Faith:https://shrineofstjude.org/prayer/faith-reflections/courage-and-faith/

Be Not Afraid:  https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/april-web-only/be-not-afraid.html

Daily Reflection- Fear:  (Song) https://divinemercy.life/2020/05/07/reflection-129-do-not-be-afraid-2/