Invite a CAFOD education volunteer to talk at your Harvest assembly

Are you a Head Teacher of a Southwark School or teach Religious Education? Would you like a CAFOD Education volunteer to talk to the children and young people at your school about how they can live their faith in action?

Brighten-up our world for a Harvest School assembly!

Brighten-up our world for a Harvest School assembly!

With Harvest assemblies fast approaching, this can be a great opportunity to engage the next generation in CAFOD’s work and help them learn about the practical ways we can all strive for global justice.

Our guide to a Harvest school assembly 

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How the young show their love for our Common Good

Meg, a CAFOD Southwark Media Volunteer, recently enjoyed two wonderful examples in the Diocese of Southwark how the young showed their love for our Common Good as they heard about Climate Change and CAFOD’s Share a Green Heart Campaign.

Comments from Meg:

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One of the young participants in Eileen’s liturgy, proudly presenting her heart art.

It’s always interesting to see how the young perceive our planet.

As part of CAFOD’s Share a green heart campaign last St. Valentine’s Day, children shared what the world meant to them.

The catechists, from Christ Church, held a liturgy for the children on Sunday, 19 February. During mass, about 40 children, ranging in age from three to five years, sang (complete with hand gestures) the song “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”

They were also read the creation story. When asked what they loved about the world, the children were quick with their answers: Butterflies! Sharks! Stars! Even the parents seemed equally excited to see so much youthful enthusiasm. It was the first time the catechists, led by Eileen, held a liturgical campaign for the children.

“It was really good,” recalls Eileen. “They were really engaged. The world seemed very real to them. I was glad I was able to use my CAFOD resources to explain about Laudato Si to them and to their parents.”

The children also received some stickers from their arts and crafts activity, which they were more than happy to take home with them.

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Children who came to Marine’s house

At a second memorable event, says Meg, CAFOD supporter Marine in London Bridge took a more personal approach.

She invited Borough mothers and their children into her home, where she’d set up arts and crafts, and then just chatted with them.

Marine asked the children what they liked about the environment?

 “I like to play football in the grass,” said one boy while one little girl described her appreciation by making a bird out of clay. The children then drew, took pictures and made felt green hearts.

At the end of their two-hour activity, they took home the fruits of their labour, along with the green heart stickers.

Marine said : “I was really happy to promote CAFOD and start a conversation with Borough mothers and their children.”

 “It’s always a delight when young individuals participate in these campaigns”, says Meg. “After all it’s the children who will benefit most from a better and greener world. “May we all work together to make sure the butterflies and birds and sharks stay alive for our Common Home”.

 

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Want to make a difference in the world, and gain useful skills whilst doing it?

Leadership Training course for Sixth Formers

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Sixth Form Students in Parliament

CAFOD is running a Leadership Training course for Sixth Form students. Training takes place over four Saturdays this academic year, at Romero House, CAFOD’s head office, in London SE1 (25th October, 6th December, 7th February 2015 and 18th April).Those completing the training will gain a leadership certificate which will be presented on 10th July 2015.

In order to gain the certificate the leadership skills will need to be evidenced in work done on local and global justice issues, and CAFOD aims to inspire all participants by sharing the experiences of young leaders within our partners across the globe.

The focus will be on gaining transferable leadership skills including communication, problem solving, team working, creativity, critical thinking, presenting, planning, project management, and decision making.

This FREE skills training and experience should be useful to those applying for jobs or seeking placements in higher education, and offers a great opportunity to meet other young leaders from across the South East who care about social justice.

Anyone interested should register for this free training by emailing to get an application form.

There are only 50 places available and all completed applications should be received by Sunday 10th October.

If you are a teacher please let your Sixth Formers know!

Any queries please email or call 020 7095 5309.

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Sixth Form Students Hand in Hungry for Change action cards to MPs