THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2015
PREPARATION: Religious Educational Materials
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 2015 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.
You might also do a web-search for power-point presentations on ecumenism that might be helpful. Here is one example from the United Methodist Church that you can copy and paste into your browser and it will download:
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 words 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 2015 theme; Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (John 4:7).
WEEK OF PRAYER 2015
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 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.
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Words related to Christian Unity
Unscramble each of the clue words. The answer key is as follows:
Unity—The opposite of division is this
Drink – What you do with a glass of water
Jesus – Another name for the Lord
Church – where you are supposed to be on Sundays
Faith – one of the virtue
Dialogue – when to or more people talk together with each other
Samaritan – a class of people in the Old Testament – not gentiles
Woman – the opposite of man
Disciple – follower of Jesus
Recognize – to see someone and know who they are
Follower – someone who does not lead
People – another name for a group of persons
Well – where one can draw water
Atonement – Franciscan Friars who began the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Graymoor
Forgiveness – what Jesus gives us for our sins
Sin – turning away from God and Jesus
Love – when you really care about someone it is said that you……them
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