Read the article 'The trek to forgiveness' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Young writer Ella Brennan reflects about a time she had a big argument with a friend. Have you ever had a conflict with a friend or family member? What happened that caused the disagreement?
2. Did you end up acting in ways you wouldn’t regularly act? If yes, why? If not, how were you able to control your temper?
3. At the time of the argument, Ella says she couldn’t see that she was also to blame. Why do you think Ella could only see what her friend had done wrong?
4. How have you made up with friends or family members in the past? If you haven’t made up with them yet, what are some good memories you had with the person? How could you make steps to repair this relationship?
5. The Kokoda challenge is what brought Ella and her friend back together. Why do you think a common goal or interest could repair a relationship? When have you seen this in your own life?
1. Biblical friendships: Find a bible story that offers a lesson about friendship, such as Ruth and Naomi, Jesus and Peter and Jonathan and David. Then write a short story about this biblical friendship from a modern perspective. What modern city would this story take place in? What jobs would these characters have? How would a contemporary setting change the story or is forgiveness and friendship timeless?
Read your story to the class when you are done.
2. Friendship guide: Read young writer Meaghan O’Connor’s article, ‘A good health guide to friendship’ from our Easter 2016 edition. Then in pairs or groups of three, write your own guide to friendship. Write three to five challenging scenarios that friends may run into. In your guide, you should include an unhealthy response and a healthy response.
When you’re finished, share your guide with your class.
For younger students
Friendship bracelet exchange: As a class discuss what it is to be a good friend. Teachers can use some of the questions found on catechist.com.
Students can then make friendship bracelets. Find activity on catechist.com. (PDF) Note: This may take more than one class to complete.
Once all bracelets are finished, students can have a friendship bracelet exchange where each student gives and receives a bracelet. Teachers, invite students to write down their names on a piece a paper. The names should be placed in a hat or basket. After, each student will pick another student’s name. Finally, once all names are picked, one-by-one students will give the bracelet they made to the student they chose from the basket or hat. Students can also share why they think that student is a good friend and classmate.