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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

PREPARATION: Religious Educational Materials

2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

New Resource: Tools for Religious
Education/Catechesis

Using the Brief History
An option for consideration and use at all ages of religious education is to tell the story of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The history is available on this website and it could be used as stepping stone to teaching your students about prayer and Christian Unity and how the church is divided but has common beliefs found in the Nicene-Constantinople Creed.

For Junior and Senior High School - An Essay Contest
For Junior and Senior High School student develop an essay contest around the quest for Christian Unity using either the 2012 theme or some aspect of ecumenism that your students could find interesting such as what another religious community believes and how it relates to what they believe.

Organize a Church Visit
Talk to the pastors of local churches and arrange for your students to visit another church. Encourage them to attend the worship or prayer of another denomination and have a discussion afterwards with the pastor or youth minster. You might even want to ask the minister or priest to invite some of the students' peers to discuss their religion.

Using the Puzzles
The puzzles that follow could be used in any religious education setting with children ages 10 and above. The words contained in the puzzle are word that can be used as teachable moments to explain the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the many aspects of prating for Christian Unity. The theme at the top of the puzzle is the theme for the Week of Prayer for 2012. The second puzzle when completed will reveal the 2012 theme.

CHRISTIAN UNITY PUZZLE
Religious Educational Materials, Puzzle 1

Search for the below words:

BIBLE CATHOLIC CHOSEN
CHRISTIAN CHURCH DIVIDED
FATHER FRIEND GIFT
GOD HOLY HYMNS
MINISTER OTHER PEOPLE
POLAND POPE PRAYER
PRIEST PROTESTANT RELIGION
SON SONGS SPIRIT
TOTETHER UNITY WEEK


CHRISTIAN UNITY PUZZLE Solution 
(Over,Down,Direction) 
BIBLE(1,14,E)
CATHOLIC(8,1,SE)
CHOSEN(1,12,E)
CHRISTIAN(9,1,SW)
CHURCH(13,10,SW)
DIVIDED(15,1,S)
FATHER(6,15,W)
FRIEND(6,10,W)
GIFT(13,1,SW)
GOD(12,12,SE)
HOLY(14,12,SW)
HYMNS(14,11,SW)
MINISTER(1,1,S)
OTHER(9,3,SE)
PEOPLE(11,1,SW)
POLAND(7,4,SW)
POPE(5,4,NW)
PRAYER(12,8,W)
PRIEST(4,9,E)
PROTESTANT(8,4,S)
RELIGION(7,2,SE)
SON(5,13,SE)
SONGS(1,13,E)
SPIRIT(6,11,W)
TOGETHER(4,6,SE)
UNITY(15,13,N)
WEEK(10,9,E)

Christian Unity Word Scramble
Religious Educational Materials, Puzzle 2

Christian Unity Word Scramble Solution
You can give clues to the answers. A suggested clue is given for each answer but you should be as creative as possible and use the clues as teachable moments to reinforce theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Wheat - Jesus is the bread of life. What is bread made from? 
Creator - Another name for God at the beginning of time.
Being - Christ is one in _____ with the Father. (from the Creed)
Life - The opposite of death.
Love - Christians are asked to _____ one another.
Journey - When you are on your way to heaven you are one a ______ to heaven.
Belong - If we are members of a church, we _______ to a church.
You - Me and who?
Sister - another name for a nun/ or a member of your family not your mom and dad
Brother - Scripture tells us we are __________ to one another if we believe.
Church - Where do you worship?
God - Who created us?
Divided - Something that is not whole is ________ 
Unity - Christian pray for this every year in January.

Final Solution: We Will All Be Changed By The Victory Of Our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Corinthians 15: 55-58)

Use Visual Tools and Social Media
Youth today are surrounded by a variety of messages from many different mediums of communication. For Junior and Senior high school students consider using the media they watch or use on a regular basis. Episodes of various television series are widely available today for your use. One could also consider asking the student to create their own work on the quest for Christian unity or on questions of their concern related to their Christian identity. They could use such social media tools as YouTube or Facebook for a creatve exchange of ideas with their peers.