Friday, February 12, 2021

God's Love

As Valentine’s Day is all about love, what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with Jesus who loves us more than any person in the world? 

Let’s get to know God’s love for us through the Word of God! 




What is love? 
Love is patient; love is kind. 1 Cor 13:4 Love rejoices in the truth. 1 Cor 13:6

Who is love?

God is love. 1 John 4:16 


How did God love us? 

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9


Our Lord loves us so much that He gives His life completely! 

We know love by this, that He laid His life for us. 1 John 3:16 


God’s love is eternal!

His steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 136 

Love never ends. 1 Corinthian 13:8


Because of God’s love, we are His own children!

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God. 1 John 3:1 


We are only able to love if we know God’s love!

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 


We love God by following His commandments!

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  John 14:15 


With God’s love and when we love God, there is no fear!

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18 


We show God’s love by loving others! 

Beloved, since God loved us so much, we ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 


How do we show God’s love to others?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3:18 


We show love by loving others how Jesus loves us!

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. John 13:34 




By Tina Makkanal

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Preparing for Lent

Lent is 1 week away! Have you started planning for this season? The Catholic church teaches us to practice the three pillars of Lent which are prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent. While some families have their own unique Lenten traditions, often planning for lent starts with only thinking about "giving up" something for the season. Here are a few ways to shift the focus from "giving up" to adding something more. 

1. Prayer : Lent can be the perfect time to spend more time in prayer. Finding a new person or intention to pray for everyday, learning to pray a new litany, spending time in front of the blessed sacrament and praying the short way of the cross are some of the ways to increase time in personal prayer. 

2. Fasting : In addition to giving up a favorite food or activity, consider adding an activity or habit. Practice good habits like helping with chores around the house or complimenting people especially when they are least expecting it.

3. Almsgiving : Make a donation box and start collecting loose change. Help out around the house and make money to add to the donation box during lent. Think about donating to food pantries and homeless shelters.

4. Reading Word of God : Read the word of God together with your family. Come up with doable goals like reading one of the gospels or completing the Book of Psalms. 

5. Service :  Service is nothing but an 'act of love'. Each member of the family can come up with ways they can help each other and others in their neighborhood or community. Sometimes even a small act of love can be so rewarding like bringing a surprise dessert to an elderly neighbor. 


Click here to download a Lenten calendar with kids activities!


Click here to download a reading plan for the gospel of John during this Lent.

Here are some additional links that will be helpful for the season : 

Printable stations of the cross

How to do the stations of the cross at home

It can be both fun and enriching to practice these Lenten traditions at home. Let's prayerfully plan for and embrace this season which will bring blessings into our souls and to our families!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

"Let your Light...SHINE!" contest winners!!

A big thank you to all the Young Disciples who participated in the Let Your Light Shine contest this past month! All of the entries were beyond remarkable. The entries were judged in two divisions: Division One (Ages 6-9) & Division 2 (Ages 10-12). A winner was selected for each of the different categories of the contest from each division.



Here are the winners......

Division One Winners (Ages 6-9):

Literature: Preparing for Christmas, by Gianna Vijay

Visual Arts: My Heart: A Manger for Baby Jesus, by Michelle Anthony

Speech: Preparing my heart to receive baby Jesus, by Michelle Anthony

Music: Silent Night by Joseph Chirayil


Division Two Winners (Ages 10-12): 

Photography: Jesus is the Light of the World, by Navya Sunny 

Video Production: How we can Prepare for Baby Jesus' Birth, by Alexa Joseph

Speech: My Christmas Message, by Diya Anna Ashly

Literature: How to Prepare to Receive Baby Jesus, by Angel Treasa Sujith

Visual Arts: Drawing with coloring, by Anora Binu Kannadan

Music: Yerusalem Nayaka, by Aanjali Maria John

Music - Special Mention: Joy at the manger by Raphael Varghese 


Please keep an eye out on all of our social media handles as we will be posting the winners and a few of the other item entries there! In addition, we also will be sharing a few of the other entries that were submitted for the contest! Visit us on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anointingfire_youngdisciples/

YouTube Channel

Matthew 5:14- "You are the LIGHT of the world!"

Dear Young Disciples, all of you are called to be a light in our world today! You are meant to let your light shine before others! Continue to use your talents for the glory of JESUS!

Friday, December 4, 2020

Let you Light....Shine!

Calling all children ages 6-12 to...

Let Your Light....SHINE!

How is it that you can glorify Jesus through your talents this Advent? A friendly competition that joins Young Disciples all over the world to let the light of Christ shine BRIGHTLY through you.


Theme: "Preparing to receive Baby Jesus this Christmas"

Deadline: December 12th, 2020 9pm CST

Ages: 6-12 years 

Division 1: 6-9 years

Division 2: 10-12 years

Categories:

 * Literature (Essay, Short Story, Poem & Song writing)  

 * Music (Singing, Instrument, Music Composition)

 * Photography

 * Video production

 * Speech

 * Visual arts (Drawing, painting, digital artwork)

How to Participate

1. Read the contest rules here https://www.anointingfire.org/shine-rules

2. Create your artwork based on the given theme in any one of the six categories

3. Register and submit your entries here https://www.anointingfire.org/events

Winning entries will be recognized and featured on our Social Media including Instagram, Young Disciples YouTube channel, Little Evangelist Magazine, Little Evangelist Blog and more! 

If you have any questions about this contest, please email : afcym.youngdisciples@gmail.com

Come, Lord Jesus! - The season of Advent

Advent is a time of preparation and waiting for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent is also a time for Christians to renew their desire for Jesus' second coming. The season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent is also the beginning of the Church year. Celebrating the season of advent will put the focus of Christmas on Jesus and not on Santa Claus and presents. Here are three ways for children and families can celebrate this wonderful season.

1. Make an Advent wreath

Check out this video to learn about the advent wreath and make one!


2. Use an Advent calendar or make your own!

Advent calendars help you discover ways to prepare yourselves to receive Jesus into your hearts. Create your own calendar or make it a fun family activity. 

Advent Calendar

Click here for a pre-made one

Click here for a template to make your own


3. Find ways to help others. 

This is the season of giving. You can give your time, talent or treasure to others in need. 


  • Start with doing kind deeds for your family members. Doing chores without being asked, giving compliments, making people smile are all good examples of the small ways you can be kind to your family
  • Churches usually organize food drives or giving trees where you can donate groceries or other gifts for families who are in need. 
  • Soup kitchens look for supplies and volunteers
  • You can donate toys and gifts to shelters and hospitals
  • You can write a card with a cheerful and hopeful message to sick children who are in hospitals 
Make this Advent a blessed one for you and your family.