How are Christian believers loving their neighbours overseas?
Pupils will investigate the impact of the example of Jesus: following how, in Christian understanding, he is Saviour and servant to all mankind. They will find out and evaluate how this inspires Christians to follow Jesus: exploring how Christians participate in church life, love people in their local communities and share in loving our neighbours overseas, for example via their Companion Links.
Pupils will recognise how ‘loving your neighbour as yourself’ is a key concept in Christianity that unites and motivates believers in following the example of Jesus in serving others, for example working together in churches and organisations to serve others in the local community and overseas through mission and charity work.
Understanding Christianity links
|GOSPEL||Key Stage 1||Unit 1.4||What is the Good news Jesus brings?||Click here for details of specific links.|
|GOSPEL||Lower Key Stage 2||Unit 2A.4||What kind of world did Jesus want?||Click here for or details of specific links|
|KINGDOM OF GOD||Upper Key Stage 2||Unit 2B.8||What kind of king is Jesus?||Click here for details of specific links|
|PEOPLE OF GOD||Upper Key Stage 2||Unit 2B.3||How can following God bring freedom and justice?||Click here for details of specific links|
|GOSPEL||Upper Key Stage 2||Unit 2B.5||What would Jesus do?||Click here for details of specific links|
- How do Christians in our local community show that Jesus is Saviour of the whole world: that everyone is a child of God, deserving of God’s love?
- Why do Christians build relationships with people overseas?
- To make links between the commandment to love your neighbour (local and global) and the teachings of Jesus
- To understand how initiatives with people overseas connect to the idea that Christians believe in God’s global family
Explore the following questions with pupils
- How do Christians in our local community show that Jesus is Saviour of the whole world and that everyone is a child of God, deserving of God’s love?
- How do our school rules or values help us love our neighbour?
- Which rules are they and what evidence is there them for making a difference in someone’s life?
Walk to our local church and ask, ‘What can we do to find out how the church loves people in the wider community’?
Look at church or community noticeboards to find evidence of local community activities such as mothers and toddler groups, children’s holiday clubs, post retirement activities. See church noticeboard gallery
Find out ways that the church links to overseas communities. How does this show love to your neighbour?
For example:introduce pupils to a church’s overseas Companion Links for example Diocese of London Angola, London, Mozambique Association (ALMA) ALMA means soul in Portuguese.
Invite a representative from the local church to talk about their link with their community and church overseas, and if they have made an exchange visit, what difference it makes to them.
Remind pupils about the work of charities they investigated in the last lesson, e.g. Christian Aid. What are the differences and similarities between overseas work through a local church and charity work?, i.e. people in a church often do the work voluntarily, whereas people involved in the work of Charities overseas can be both employees of the organisation or work voluntarily in different ways.
Design a poster/leaflet to advertise ways that the local church loves their neighbours in the local community and overseas, encouraging people to get involved.
- Describe the ways in which different church initiatives show how Christian believers love their neighbours locally and globally
- Show, using appropriate words, my understanding of the purpose of these local and global partnerships
Resources and Points to Note
- Ask your local church for information about community initiatives: eg mothers and toddlers groups, Christians against poverty CAP, A Rocha
- Ask about overseas Companion Links, for example, Angola, London, Mozambique Association, ALMA (Diocese of London)