MWOL challenge

Primary School age

Why is this important?

The world isn’t fair - some of us have lots of money and food and toys, other people have very little. Jesus challenged the unfairness of the world wherever he saw it, and God wants us to do the same today.

Question

What examples of unfairness can you think of?
Do you think you have more than some people in the world? Is that fair?
Are there things you would like to change? Is there something you could do to make the world a fairer place?

Suggestion

Talk to your church leader or minister about inviting a speaker from a charity like All We Can to come and explain about the work they do and the impact it has - allwecan.org.uk/get-involved
Spend some time on your own or with friends, writing a list of ways you could help support a charity in your area or one that is connected to your church. Who can come up with the most fun fundraising idea?
Ask someone at home what charities your family gives money to. Talk about why or why not, and think about which ones you would like to support.

Read Micah 6:8 in the Bible (or ask someone to read it with you). What does the Lord require of you? You might like to write it down or have it printed on a piece of paper in your bedroom to help you remember this verse.

Find out more about how the Methodist Church is seeking justice, and how you can get involved. Ask your minister or a church leader to share this with you.

Prayer Prompt

Spend some time praying for people who are not as lucky as you are. Think about their stories, and about what you’d like to change in the world.

Pray for yourself, that you will feel brave enough to do something about the things that don’t seem fair, that you will understand what you can do, and what is best left to others.

Ask your group or church to commit to praying for All We Can’s work and using some of the prayers and ideas on the website to pray for the ways they are challenging injustice - allwecan.org.uk

Secondary School age

Why is this important?

The world is not fair. But God is a liberator: God always takes the side of people experiencing poverty and injustice, and we are called to do the same.

Challenging injustice is never easy – it is rare for a challenge to be welcome. This can be something you do as an individual, but it can be better to work together as a small group or a congregation.

Question

Think about the people you know personally: who gets treated unfairly? And what could you do to stand alongside them and help them?

Suggestion


Think of something about your country that makes life worse for one group of people. Do something public to raise awareness: ask if you and some friends can arrange a school assembly, or write to your local MP and ask them to act. They should reply!

Prayer Prompt


Look at the news - either on a trusted website, or a newspaper. Pray for each news story that God will bring justice.

Youth Leaders

Why is this important?

As Christians we’re called to seek God’s justice. Justice that enables everyone, and all creation, to flourish. Justice that removes everything that diminishes people, that oppresses or exploits them. Justice that enables us all to grow in relationship with each other and with God.

Question


What forms of injustice breaks your heart?
What injustices do people in your community face?
What, if anything, is in place to help tackle these?

Suggestion


Invite a speaker to your group from a charity like All We Can (allwecan.org.uk/get-involved) to explain about the work they do and the impact it has. Following that, create a challenge for the group to engage in that will encourage them to support the charity in some way.
For example, a challenge to support the Food Bank would be to encourage the children/young people to collect and donate some food.
Look at what God says about justice in the Bible:

Micah 6:6-8
Isiah 1:17
Jeremiah 22:3
Psalm 106: 2-3

Prayer Prompt


Build a prayer cairn by creating a pile of stones (or other objects if you are indoors).

As you lift each stone hold it tight and tell God about an issue of injustice you are concerned about. After, place it onto the cairn.
You may also like to pray for charities and organisation who help to tackles injustices.

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