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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
2014

PREPARATION: Religious Educational Materials

2014 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.

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.

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 praying for Christian Unity. The second puzzle when completed will reveal the 2014 theme, “Has Christ Been Divided?”.

Christian Unity

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

ATONEMENT
BEEN
CHRISTIAN
CHURCH
CLERGY
COMMUNITY
DISCIPLES
DIVIDED
FRIARS
FRIENDSHIP
HAS
JESUS
LOVE
MUSIC
PRAYER
SUNDAY
UNITY
WEEK

CRYPTOGRAM

unity

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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

http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/puzzles/46138tzmqy.png Unscramble the tiles to reveal a message.

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.

Christian Unity 2014

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

Clues follow:

Hymn—What you sing in Church. 
Christianity—The name for the religion that follows Jesus.
Canada – The country that in most cases is above  the United States
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.
Divided—What something is when it is cut in half 
Final Solution: Has Christ Been Divided?

A Fun Way to Promote Unity

A new tool that can be used in schools and religious ed settings has been created to promote unity in a world that seems so divided. It is a new game called, "webelieve2," and it is an Interfaith Board Game. It is being used by congregations, families, interfaith groups and schools, to provide opportunities for folks to discover their common spiritual journeys while learning about other's beliefs, as well. It's designed for players from teenage to adult and works well with players from either similar or diverse backgrounds. If you are interested, please look for it at the following website: Amazon.com: webelieve2