Boys Group

The Saint David of Wales "boys group"

Study Guide

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Saint David of Wales "boys group"

Study Sessions

Table of Contents

The Preparation Period

Study Session One: Baptism

Study Session Two: Loving Jesus

Study Session Threee: Talking with God

Study Session Four: Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

Study Session Five: Praying as a Saint David of Wales Boy

Study Session Six: Our Rule of Life

The Lord’s Prayer

Study Session Seven: Good News!

Study Session Eight: The Liturgy

Various Prayers

Please bring your bible and Saint David of Wales "boys group" Handbook to each study session


The Preparation Period

Welcome! It is wonderful that you have decided to spend some time with Jesus, to learn about Him and to show how much you love Him. The Saint David of Wales "boys group" can help you grow in your relationship with Jesus.

Saint David of Wales "boys group" is here to help us on our journey. To give us the tools we need to get our job done. So that we can hear Jesus tell us “Well done, good and faithful servant” when we have finished.

Every boy thinking about becoming a Saint David of Wales "boys group" member must complete a time of study. This will help you learn what the Saint David of Wales "boys group" is all about. As you work through this Study Guide you will develop your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and grow in your love and commitment to Him and His church and develop a rule of life.

You will also learn about the Saint David of Wales "boys group" and the Rule of Prayer and Service and begin practicing them in your own life.

During this time of preparation, you can prayerfully decide if you want to commit yourself to daily prayer and service.

Jesus was once asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” He answered in both a simple and complex way (as He often does):

Matthew 22 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

There are a few things to notice here:

  • Jesus gives us a summary of the Ten Commandments.

  • The first four tell us how we are to love God

  • The next six tell us how we are to love our neighbors

    Jesus’ answer given so many years ago, is the foundation of our lives today. We have only two jobs in this life; to love God and to love our neighbor. Our job, then, is both simple and difficult and we all struggle in doing it. Our work in life is to fulfill these two commands. This should remind us of the of one of our post-eucharistic prayers:

Almighty and everliving God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the most precious Body and Blood
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;
and for assuring us in these holy mysteries
that we are living members of the Body of your Son,
and heirs of your eternal kingdom.

And now, Father, send us out
to do the work you have given us to do,
to love and serve you
as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

So, the “work” that the Father has “given us to do” is to love God and love our neighbor. This is no easy task. The work we have been given to do is hard and each and every day we struggle against ourselves, the world and the devil. But remember that we are not alone in this fight. Jesus has promised that He would never fail us or forsake us. We have the Holy Spirit. We have His Church. We have His Word. We have prayer. We have each other. Hebrews 13:5, John 14:26, Matthew 16:18, Acts 11:1, Romans 1:9

Discussion Question

Imagine that our duty to God is contained in a box marked "Our Job". Within this box are two more boxes. One marked "God" and the other marked "Neighbor". What kind of things would be in each of the boxes?

Things to do:

  • Pick a time of day that you can pray. When you spend time with God by praying, reading your Bible, and quietly thinking or meditating. You may want to write your prayer list, thoughts and questions in a special notebook or journal.

My time of day: 

My Place to Pray

  • Remember that God loves you and always wants to spend time with you.
  • You can never know everything that there is to know. If you do not understand something now that does not mean that you will not understand it later. Be patient with yourself, for God is patient with you.

Trust Him with everything. Be joyful and know that He is near.


Study Session One:

Baptism

When we are baptized, we enter a loving relationship with God and begin a new life as a member of God’s family. We become God’s children! During the baptism ceremony, the priest says “(your name), you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.” Later the priest says, “We receive you into the household of God”.

Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think it means to be a member of God's family?

  2. Do you know how old you were when you were baptized?

  3. How are people baptized in your church? Is it different if it is a baby or a child or an adult?

Bible Study

Read Matthew 3:13 -17

In this scripture, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist. How was the baptism of Jesus different than yours?

The Signs and Symbols of Baptism

Water – the outward and visible sign of Baptism The word “baptize” comes from the Greek language and means to dip into or pour over, or to use water as an act of cleaning. In Baptism, water is a sign of being washed free from sin and beginning a new life with God as His beloved children. When we are baptized, we are raised to new life with Jesus. The water is blessed and poured on the head of the person being baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Oil The oil at Baptism is also known as the Oil of Chrism. It is a mixture of oil and balsam that has been blessed by the bishop. The oil is used to symbolize the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Sign of the Cross  A little cross, generally made with the thumb, is traced by the clergy upon the forehead of the newly baptized, while the clergy says,“You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.”

Candle The light of the candle reminds us of the “Light of the World” (Jesus). In Baptism a candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter Candle which stands near the altar as a sign of the Risen Christ. A candle is given to the newly baptized as a reminder that the Light of Jesus has entered them.

Dove  After Jesus was baptized, Heaven opened and God’s Spirit came down like a dove. A dove is often used in Baptism to symbolize the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.

A Prayer from the Baptismal Covenant in the Book of Common Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have given to these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen


Study Session Two:

Loving Jesus

One of the first songs we learn is, “Jesus loves me this I know”. The Bible tells us over and over how much Jesus loves us. But how can we tell Jesus we love Him? How can we show Him? What does being a ‘Christian’‛ really mean?

Discussion Questions

  1. How do you answer the question “What is a Christian?”

  2. How will you show Jesus that you love Him?

Bible Study

What do the following Scriptures say about being a Christian?

  • Matthew 22:37-40

  • Matthew 4:19

  • John 20:23

  • Matthew 4:17

  • Matthew 10:32-33


Study Session Three:

Talking with God

We communicate with our family and friends by talking with them and listening to them. Prayer is talking and listening to Jesus. Prayer is like having a conversation with our friend; only Jesus is our best friend. We can talk to Jesus about anything. Nothing is too big or too small to talk about, so you can talk to Him about everything. This is how we show Jesus how much we love Him, by spending time with Him. He loves spending time with us. This is also how we strengthen our relationship with Him.

Discussion Questions

  1. When do you pray?

  2. Where do you pray?

  3. How do you pray?

  4. Why is it so important to pray?

Bible Study

How do these Scriptures relate to prayer?

  • Jeremiah 29:12-13

  • 1 John 5:14-15

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Further Discussion 

  • List ways you can spend time with God.

Study Session Four:

Getting to know the Holy Spirit

Becoming a Saint David of Wales "boys group" member can help in our spiritual growth. But what do we mean by spiritual growth? As we grow we want to be more and more like Jesus, and the Holy Spirit can help us. But Who is the Holy Spirit?

In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is represented in several ways. For example at Jesus’ baptism we read that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove (Matthew 3:16). Then at Pentecost we read that as the believers met together, the Holy Spirit looked like tongues of fire settling on their heads and they were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as the wind; you can’t tell where it comes from or where it’s going next (John 3:5-8).

So how can we understand Who the Holy Spirit is when we hear Him described with symbols such as a dove, fire, or the wind.

Discussion Question

  1. How would you describe the Holy Spirit?

Bible Study

John 14:15-17 Jesus teaches us about the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor forever. A counselor is an advisor or someone who gives us advice. The Holy Spirit is the best Counselor of all because He gives us the advice of God Himself.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.

John 14:25-26 The Holy Spirit also teaches us things and reminds us of the things Jesus said. Just as students need to remember the things they learn in school, we too as students or disciples of Jesus need to remember what He said and did. The Holy Spirit will help us.

25 “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Romans 8:16  We learned that we become a member of God’‛s family at our baptism. The Holy Spirit speaks to us and tells us we really are God’‛s children.

Galatians 5:22-23 and Isaiah 11:2 As we grow in our relationship with the Holy Spirit, He produces fruit in us and gives us gifts.

  • What are the fruits the Holy Spirit produces in us?

  • What are the gifts the Holy Spirit gives us?

Further Discussion

  • Have you ever prayed to the Holy Spirit?

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Lord, I praise You and thank You for Your Holy Spirit in my life. Thank You, Jesus, for sending me Your Comforter and Helper to teach and guide me every day. Holy Spirit, I thank You for calling me to be Your child. I ask You to fill me with Your Presence and lead me, so that my words and actions may please You and give glory to Jesus so that other people can come to know Him. Amen.


Study Session Five:

Praying as a Saint David of Wales "boys group" Member

We learned that prayer is communicating with God. We praise Him and thank Him for our blessings; we ask for forgiveness for our sins. We also ask God for blessings for other people. As members of Saint David of Wales "boys group" we make a promise to pray every day.

We also make a promise to pray every day for three specific things:

  1. The spread of Christ's kingdom, especially among boys.

  2. The members and work of our parish.

  3. The spiritual growth of the church

  4. The spread of the Gospel in our community.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is a promise?

  2. Why is it important to keep a promise?

Bible Study

As a Saint David of Wales "boys group" member we are asked to pray for other people every day. This is called Intercessory Prayer, which means that we intercede for or ask for something on someone else’s behalf.

Why do you think this kind of prayer is so important?

Read John 17:9-12

Read Colossians 1:3-4 and 9

See the many prayers near the end of this handbook to help guide your prayers.

Further Discussion 


Study Session Six:

Our Rule of Life

We learned that one of the ways we can show Jesus how much we love Him is by helping others or serving others. We need to pray and ask God for guidance as to what to do. As we want to get into the habit of doing something every day to help someone. As we also make a promise that we will do three specific things.

The three things we are to do:

  • Attend Sunday Eucharist

  • Following our Rule of Life by going to Sunday School and reading your Bible

  • Serve others

Discussion Questions

  1. What kinds of service do you do in your church?

  2. What kinds of service do you do in your community?

    All of these activities help fulfill your Rule of Life.

Bible Study

How do these Scriptures relate to your Rule of Life?

On Service:

Matthew 23:11

Matthew 25:40 (the whole passage really)

On Prayer:

1 Thess 5:16-18

Philippians 4:6-7

On Study:

Luke 11:28

Ps 119:105

See: The Lord's Prayer study.


The Lord’s Prayer

In the Gospel of Matthew (6:9-13) Jesus teaches us how to pray. Let’s break it down and see what it really says.

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed (blessed) be thy name” 

This reminds us that God is our Father, so good and so worthy of worship that there is no earthly father like Him. We are reminded that God, though he is everywhere, dwells especially in Heaven, where we shall one day see Him face to face. And that the name of God may never be profaned or blasphemed.

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

That the kingdom of divine, grace and love may now be established in our hearts, so that after this life, we may all be admitted into the kingdom of Heaven. We ask that we and all men may do the will of God on earth as faithfully and cheerfully as the Angels and Saints do it in Heaven; and We profess that, in all things, we submit ourselves to the holy will of God.

“Give us this day our daily bread”

We ask that God would give us all that is daily necessary for our soul and body. This teaches us To teach us that we should wish only for what is necessary, not for riches and abundance.

“And forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”

That God would so forgive us all our sins as we forgive others who have offended us. Here God is teaching us that when there is bitterness and anger in our hearts, there’s no room for His love to fill our hearts. How can we ask God to be merciful and forgive our sins, if we’re holding a grudge or refuse to forgive someone who’s wronged us?

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”

We ask that God would remove from us all temptations and all the dangers of sin, or, at least, give us grace sufficient to resist them. Evil is an unfortunate reality in our world.The devil has no power over God and when we pray to God for protection against all that is evil, He will shield us— always.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever” Amen.

The doxology of the prayer is not contained in Luke's version, nor is it present in the earliest versions of Matthew. It were later added by the church. These words mean that we acknowledge God as Almighty.


Study Session Seven:

Good News!

Good News! Jesus loves you! Jesus loves us so much He gave His life for us so that our sins would be forgiven and that we would have eternal life in Him. This is the Good News that’s found in the Gospels. Read John 3:16. This is the same Good News that Jesus asks us to share with other people. We can share it either with words or actions.

A word that is used for sharing the Good News of Jesus is evangelism. The word evangelize comes from the Greek language and means, “to preach, or proclaim Good News.” As Saint David of Wales "boys group" our mission is evangelism, or to evangelize, to share the Good News of Jesus’ love for all people. We can evangelize by being ambassadors for Jesus. An ambassador is a representative or messenger. We can be Jesus’ messengers by letting our light shine for Him and sharing our Christian faith with others. Read Matthew 5:14-16

Discussion Questions 

  1. How can you share the message of God’‛s love for us using words?

  2. How can you share the message of God’‛s love for us using actions?

  3. How can you be an ambassador for Jesus?

  4. Have you ever shared the message of God’‛s love with a friend?

Bible Study

What do the following Scriptures say about Evangelism?

Mark 16:15

Matthew 28:18-20 The Great Commission

Acts: 8:4-6

Acts 8:25

1 Timothy 4:12

Further Discussion

Before we evangelize or share our faith and the Good News of God’s love for us, it is very important that we pray to seek God’s guidance and help.


Study Session Eight:

The Liturgy

The liturgy of the church is there for the benefit of the people of God. If we see, listen and smell with our senses and listen to the Word of God we will be encouraged in our walk with Him.

Step into the nave and Heaven and earth collide. It does not matter how you feel or what your particular circumstances might be, when you remove your fingers from the bowl and take those last few steps toward the sun, you are transported into heaven. The truth surrounds us when we enter the Nave: Above us the ark of God protects us from the world and carries us to God Before our eyes the shining sun reminds us of the rising of the Son and the breaking of the new day The eternal flame above the tabernacle reminds us that the eternal God still reigns The curtain is there to remind us of that the curtain of the holy of holies was torn from top to bottom and that the way of life now open to us

  • the choir is there to remind us that the Father of Light is surrounded by the heavenly choir
  • the altar is there to represent the altar of God
  • the candles remind us of the light of God
  • The Nave (from “navis”, Latin for ship; where we get our word “navy”) is shaped like an upside-down boat to remind us of Noah and the grace that God had toward mankind by saving Noah and his family through the instrument of the ark.
  • The Fountain is there to remind us:

    • of our baptism (how we enter the Church of God) and our promise to be faithful to the God of Gods
    • that the Spirit of God moved across the face of the deep and created the earth and all there is Read Genesis 1:1-2
    • that God freed Moses and the People of the Promise by their passing through the waters of the Red Sea Read Exodus 14:21-25
    • that God brought the Israel through the Jordan into the Promised Land Read Joshua 3:14-17
    • that we are new creation, that the old has passed away and that behold all things are made new Read: 2 Corinthians 5:17

      Things to do:

  • Remember to treat God with respect when we enter the nave

  • Dip your fingers into the fountain to help you remember your baptism
  • Next time you come to church pay close attention to the sights, sounds and movements you and others make as we worship God together.

Discussion Questions

  1. Can you think of any other parts of the church that should remind you of the bible?

  2. What part of the liturgy affects you the most?

  3. When the Gospel is read what does the congregation do when the deacon says “Glory to you, Lord Christ” and why?

Bible Study

What do the following verses have to tell us of our worship?

Matthew 26:26-29

Revelation 5:8

Matthew 27:51

John 4:13-14


Various Prayers

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is discord, union,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born into eternal life.Amen

Prayer of Saint Michael The Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel,defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayer of Saint Benedict

Gracious and Holy Father, give us the wisdom to discover You, the intelligence to understand You, the diligence to seek after You, the patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen

The Prayer of the Tax Collector

God be merciful to me a sinner.

The Prayer of Saint Chrysostom

Almighty God, who has given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you and promised that when two or three are gathered together in your name you will grant their requests: fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting.

Prayer for the Church

Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt,purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it isamiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is inwant, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sakeof Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.

In the Evening

O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest,and peace at the last. Amen.

Grace at Meals

Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those We Love

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saint David of Wales "boys group"

Study Sessions

Table of Contents

The Preparation Period

Study Session One: Baptism

Study Session Two: Loving Jesus

Study Session Threee: Talking with God

Study Session Four: Getting to Know the Holy Spirit

Study Session Five: Praying as a Saint David of Wales Boy

Study Session Six: Our Rule of Life

The Lord’s Prayer

Study Session Seven: Good News!

Study Session Eight: The Liturgy

Various Prayers

Please bring your bible and Saint David of Wales "boys group" Handbook to each study session


Study Session Eight:

The Liturgy

The liturgy of the church is there for the benefit of the people of God. If we see, listen and smell with our senses and listen to the Word of God we will be encouraged in our walk with Him.

Step into the nave and Heaven and earth collide. It does not matter how you feel or what your particular circumstances might be, when you remove your fingers from the bowl and take those last few steps toward the sun, you are transported into heaven. The truth surrounds us when we enter the Nave: Above us the ark of God protects us from the world and carries us to God Before our eyes the shining sun reminds us of the rising of the Son and the breaking of the new day The eternal flame above the tabernacle reminds us that the eternal God still reigns The curtain is there to remind us of that the curtain of the holy of holies was torn from top to bottom and that the way of life now open to us

  • the choir is there to remind us that the Father of Light is surrounded by the heavenly choir
  • the altar is there to represent the altar of God
  • the candles remind us of the light of God
  • The Nave (from “navis”, Latin for ship; where we get our word “navy”) is shaped like an upside-down boat to remind us of Noah and the grace that God had toward mankind by saving Noah and his family through the instrument of the ark.
  • The Fountain is there to remind us:

    • of our baptism (how we enter the Church of God) and our promise to be faithful to the God of Gods
    • that the Spirit of God moved across the face of the deep and created the earth and all there is Read Genesis 1:1-2
    • that God freed Moses and the People of the Promise by their passing through the waters of the Red Sea Read Exodus 14:21-25
    • that God brought the Israel through the Jordan into the Promised Land Read Joshua 3:14-17
    • that we are new creation, that the old has passed away and that behold all things are made new Read: 2 Corinthians 5:17

      Things to do:

  • Remember to treat God with respect when we enter the nave

  • Dip your fingers into the fountain to help you remember your baptism
  • Next time you come to church pay close attention to the sights, sounds and movements you and others make as we worship God together.

Discussion Questions

  1. Can you think of any other parts of the church that should remind you of the bible?

  2. What part of the liturgy affects you the most?

  3. When the Gospel is read what does the congregation do when the deacon says “Glory to you, Lord Christ” and why?

Bible Study

What do the following verses have to tell us of our worship?

Matthew 26:26-29

Revelation 5:8

Matthew 27:51

John 4:13-14