Father Kevin joined us today and brought a HUGE mug with him, as well as tea bags! He asked the children how they enjoyed their cup of tea - we found that everyone was different. Some children liked a cup of tea with milk, others liked sugar.
Father Kevin discussed how we can sometimes hear the phrase 'it's not my cup of tea'. The children explained that this meant that we are human, we are all different and we all like different things. We do not always like the same things.
Father Kevin showed the children alternatives to sugar ... chilli powder, gravy granules. The children did not like Father Kevin's alternatives. They said that they preferred to 'dunk' biscuits. Father Kevin said that he liked that idea and showed the children one of Brian's (the dog) biscuits. The children didn't like this idea either!
Father Kevin explained that every cup of tea that we drink will be different. It's ok that people like things to be different. We accept those choices of others. Those choices are just like the People of God. When we think about the mug which is used for our drinks, everyone chooses to put in their favourite ingredients. There are some things that go into the mug which aren't the best choices, but as long as we know how to 'control' those things, we can have a lovely cup of tea (a lovely life).
We discussed how Mutual Respect is so important. We must consider the views of others and be accepting of those views even if we do not agree. During Lent, it is the perfect time to think about the choices that we make - whether we do good things and help others or not. If we are not currently making good choices, we can reflect and change our ways. Jesus was tempted during Lent, but just as he was able to ignore those temptations, we must also make the right choices so we can be the best versions of ourselves.
Dear Father God,
we know that there are things in our lives which are not good and when they come out from us they can make others to feel upset too. We hope that you will help us to make good choices and help us to make others feel happy. We ask that you will guide and show us the way so we can live our lives as you intended.
After Father Kevin had said the prayer, Mrs Lightfoot got the mixing bowl and started to consider what she needed to make a 'good person'. Some ideas for ingredients included a cup of happiness, a sprinkle of kindness, a spoonful of honesty, a handful of forgiveness and a splash of fun!