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Welcome to the Children’s Liturgy Section

  The May edition of the Hallam News sees the introduction of an exciting new initiative which aims to engage our children in thinking about the key celebrations, messages and themes of the Liturgy they will be celebrating in the weeks following the publication of the paper.

  We begin this feature with the story of the Ascension, activities for children to work with and questions for them to consider.  We hope that these pages will help our children to be able to follow liturgical celebrations more closely and in a way that is increasingly more meaningful to each one of them.

  We, as adults, may like to share these pages with children to both help the children appreciate the celebrations of the Church, as we progress through the year and remember the significant events in the life of Christ and also to give us a means of thinking through at our own level, what the message of the Ascension means to us and the impact and meaning this celebration has for each one of us.

The Story of The Ascension

This month we celebrate The Ascension of Our Lord

  When Jesus was ready to return to heaven, he took his disciples aside to make sure that they understood everything that had happened to him.  He explained why it was important for him to be crucified and to be raised from the dead to fulfill what the Scriptures had said about him.  He also told them that he was going to return to his Father in heaven, and that the Holy Spirit would come to be with them.

  At first, the disciples were sad that Jesus would be leaving them, but then the Bible tells us that Jesus opened their minds so they would understand.  Then, an amazing thing happened.  The Bible tells us that Jesus lifted his hands and blessed his disciples.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  The disciples stood and watched as Jesus ascended higher and higher until he disappeared from view.  What an amazing sight that must have been!

I wonder ….

which part of the Ascension Gospel you like the best?

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what the friends of Jesus felt?

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where Jesus went?

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when you feel close to Jesus?

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Word Search

Happy Birthday Church!

Pentecost is the birthday of all of us in the Church because we are the Church. It is a day of celebration in the Church.  Pentecost is a Greek word for 50th day.  It is 50 days after Easter Sunday.

We remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and the start of their work to spread the Good News. The Priest will wear red vestments.  Maybe you could wear red too on this special birthday?

Easter Gallery

The theme for next month’s picture gallery is ‘Hallam Clergy’.

Have a good look at your Parish Priest – no, really look at him carefully!  Do you think you could do a picture or model of him?

Yes, you can.  We know there are some brilliant artists out in Hallam.

We would love you to send in photographs of your pictures or models of your Parish Priest. Please attach your name and age, the name of the Priest and the name of the Parish.

We will try to include as many as possible in next month’s edition, but all will be displayed on our website gallery.

Please send to hallamnews@hallam-diocese.com.