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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

PREPARATION: Religious Educational Materials

2012 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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 2013 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 second puzzle when completed will reveal the 2013 theme.

CHRISTIAN UNITY PUZZLE—2013

A  X  E  C  E  T  O  G  E  T  H  E  R  G  R  Y  E
W  Q  A  N  P  O  L  Q  A  A  P  I  U  R  L  T  P
K  P  S  S  H  Y  M  N  S  O  O  I  C  W  F  I  R
C  H  R  I  S  T  I  A  N  I  T  Y  H  U  R  N  A
N  R  A  Y  S  G  X  I  J  A  V  Q  L  M  I  U  Y
R  O  S  C  V  Q  C  A  T  H  O  L  I  C  A  G  E
M  S  I  X  I  H  B  D  V  T  G  I  C  C  R  J  R
C  W  G  G  J  M  I  P  D  V  H  U  M  B  L  Y  W
H  A  K  J  I  S  E  X  J  L  Y  R  B  U  X  U  C
U  L  G  N  C  L  A  I  M  I  N  I  S  T  E  R  A
R  K  M  I  I  Y  E  Q  L  T  L  L  G  Z  R  D  C
C  P  P  G  C  W  R  R  R  Y  F  L  P  E  Z  L  J
H  L  J  U  S  T  I  C  E  P  I  C  Q  H  E  B  T
E  F  A  T  O  N  E  M  E  N  T  U  B  I  B  L  E
H  R  E  Y  A  R  W  D  Q  V  I  Y  W  D  J  O  Y
N  G  V  B  Q  E  A  Z  B  R  D  F  A  I  D  N  I
M  K  R  W  E  E  K  L  E  G  O  D  G  F  N  N  F

Search for the below words:

ATONEMENT GOD PRAYER
BIBLE HUMBLY RELIGION
CATHOLIC HYMNS REQUIRE
CHRISTIANITY INDIA TOGETHER
CHURCH JUSTICE UNITY
DISCIPLE MICAH WALK
FRIAR MINISTER WEEK

CRYPTOGRAM

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
19 22 13 14 8 3 25 17 20 11 10 18 1 12 23 9 7 21 24 2 4 26 5 15 6 16

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
5 17 19 2 14 23 8 24 25 23 14 21 8 7 4 20 21 8 23 3
__ __ ( __ __ __ __ __ ) ?
4 24 1 20 13 19 17

Directions:
This puzzle is called a Cryptogram.  At the top there is a KEY that lists all the letters from A thru Z with a box below.  Each of the letters has a corresponding number. 

The bottom part contains a secret phrase.  Each of the blanks has a number underneath it.  Fill in the letters that correspond to the numbers below the blanks to solve the phrase.

Christian Unity Word Scramble

Unscramble each of the clue words.
Copy the letters in the numbered cells to other cells with the same number.

Christian Word Scramble puzzleChristian 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.

Hymn—What you sing in Church. 
Christianity—The name for the religion that follows Jesus.
India—The country from which Mother Teresa and Gandhi were from.
Life—The opposite of death.
Together—The opposite of being apart.
Church—Where people gather on Sundays and some Saturdays.
Justice—Seek this and walk humbly with God.
Unity—The opposite of division is this.
Disciple—a follower of Jesus.
Walk—Don’t run but do this.
Minister—One who serves in a congregation.
Week—Seven Days.

Final Solution: What does God require of us? (Micah)

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 creative exchange of ideas with their peers.