Suggested Prayer to start your R.E session:
Prayer for friendship
Bless my life with the gift of friendship.
For those who have chosen to be my friends,
I am grateful.
Let our love, respect,
and affection for each other flourish.
Make me a good friend,
one who is loyal and caring and ready to forgive.
To you, who are our truest friend, I pray.
Focus: Jesus had good friends; what Jesus tells us about friendship
Points to discuss about the story
How do we know they are friends?
What does the picture tell us about friends?
What did Jesus and his friends do? (They worked, told people the Good News of God’s love for everyone, answered questions.)
Where did they go when they were tired?
What did they do together? (eat, shared experiences, rested)
Points to discuss
Where do you go when you are tired?
Who do you talk to about your experiences of the day with? e.g. what has gone well/ what has not.
Where do you go to be quiet and still?
Draw a picture of your friend, put friendship words (e.g. loving, kind, caring, sharing etc), around your picture and talk about what you like about your friend? What you do together?
Use any resources you have at home to draw and make your picture to celebrate friendship.
We would love to share your pictures so your friends can see how much they mean to you.