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Hi everyone, hope you are well and enjoying the last few days before school starts again.
Our story this week is about Jesus giving advice about how to deal with hurt and anger and if someone or something upsets us and it can be found in the New Testament in the Bible in Matthew chapter 18 verses 15-20.
 
Jesus was talking to his friends.
He said, 'If anyone does anything that makes you feel sad or angry (make a sad face) ask them to stop. (hold up hand)
If they don't listen (cup ear with hand) then ask some other people to come and talk to them (beckon to someone else) and make things right again.' (pretend to shake hands)
Jesus said that this helps make the church work:
'If two or three people come together to share my love (make a heart shape with your hands) then I will be there.'
 
A Bag of Nails
Once upon a time, there was a little boy who had a bad temper.  One day, his father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he should hammer a nail in the fence.  On the first day, the boy drove 37 nails into the fence.  But gradually, each day, the number of nails dwindled.  The boy discovered that it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally, the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.  He proudly told his father about it, who suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he held his temper.  The days passed and the boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.  The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.  'You have done well my son, but look at the holes in the fence.  The fence will never be the same.  When you say things in anger they leave a scar, just like these holes in the fence.'  So, what does this story teach us?  The father helped his son to be aware of the times when he became angry and therefore helped him to be able to control his temper.  However, the story also makes it clear that lashing out verbally or physically in anger - when we 'lose it' - leaves a lasting mark.  This might cause lasting damage to a friendship or relationship.  It might mean that an object is damaged, or that someone is physically hurt.
 
Our challenge is to think of the best way to deal with our own anger.  It is normal and natural to experience anger.  It is an emotion that we all feel when we sense that something is unfair.  But how can we express our anger in a way that does not cause lasting damage?
Lots of people get angry and upset about things that are going on around them.  It could be something that is hurting people, animals, the environment.  Many of these people turn the anger into something positive.  There have been quite a few instances lately where people are sad that litter has been left in the beautiful countryside and in our rivers and oceans and lots of people have been taking action, not just getting angry, but doing something to make the situation better.
 
A guy called Oly Rush is swimming 96 miles around the Jurassic Coast from Exmouth to Studland Bay to raise awareness and money for two voluntary litter-picking organisations who clear rubbish from our beaches and coast.  he said, 'If volunteers like us don't pick it up then it ends up in the sea and kills wildlife.    ... continue
 
 
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