Here are the wonderful, winning church pamphlets by Class Three children from our RE family learning week ' Love to explore places of worship.'
They will be printed and put in the church for visitors to St Mary's ; well done everybody!
In our collective worship this week we are looking at generosity.
Animations of the story to look at again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi vTS-DBBWI or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3l C-E6dLvMs
Songs:A reflective song about being thankful for God’s generosity
Show the children your pile of ‘coins’ (make these appropriately to age and safety). Explain you are going to be very generous: give each person one of your coins and smiling. Ask them to keep hold of it as they listen to what you say today. Take time to recap the story from yesterday. Jesus noticed the poor widow. He saw that she knew and loved God and that she trusted God to meet her needs, in every area of her life. This meant she was free to be generous and give her two copper coins away. I wonder if she smiled when she did so? I wonder if you might be able to trust God as much as she did? I wonder whether this can help you to be more generous? I wonder what it means to be a cheerful giver? Can you think of a time when someone was really generous to you? Or when you have been generous towards someone else? What happened? How did it make you feel? How many different ways can you think of to be generous? How can you be generous to each other in school cheerfully? Make a list of some of the ways you can do this with those around you and try and do at least one of these things each day. How can you be generous to each other cheerfully at home? Could you use your words to be more generous to those you live with? Could you be generous with your space or time? How could you share your generosity with others? Could you pledge to give regularly to a local food bank? Could you make time to talk to your neighbours rather than just saying hello? Look at your ‘coin’ - Dear God. May this coin be a reminder to me to be a cheerful giver whenever there is an opportunity to do so. Help me to remember that I can be generous in many different ways each day. A GENEROUS HEART 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 For younger pupils, you may want to explore Zaccheus’ generosity when he comes to believe in Jesus which inspires him to give away half his wealth and compensate those whom he has cheated by giving them back fourfold (Luke 19).
Generosity challenge for KS2
With older pupils, explore Project Malachi – this is an exciting homeless housing project that was inspired by 5-year old Malachi, who gave his £5 tooth fairy money to the Salvation Army to build houses for homeless people. 3 years later and 42 units have been built to give those who don’t have a home a place to live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= 88ounhVlPbA (It is 5 minutes long, so you might want to just watch from 45 secs to 3 minutes 40 seconds) https://popuphostelilfordsalvationarmy.nationbuilder.co m/about
Ask:How is this an example of generosity? Malachi, like the widow in the story, gave all he had. Look at the difference it made. I wonder how this story makes you feel? Think about what this prayer (written more than 400 years ago by St Ignatius Loyola) might mean and use it to help you to reflect on how you can be more generous:
Generosity challenge for KS1 For younger pupils, you may want to explore Zaccheus’ generosity when he comes to believe in Jesus which inspires him to give away half his wealth and compensate those whom he has cheated by giving them back fourfold (Luke 19).
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do your will. Amen.
Reflection: THE GENEROSITY OF NATURE Matthew 6:28b-29
https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=JVQFEgT7E6c. Use this beautiful choral hymn with slideshow of scenes from nature to set the scene.
Think of blossom, which comes in huge abundance for a few days, and then all the blossom falls and the moment is over. It seems like such an extravagance gesture from God to provide so many flowers which are so beautiful for such a fleeting moment. You might go outside or use images to look around at creation. Praise God for the beauty. Thank God for all creation provides. I wonder how you can ensure God’s creation continues to be generous in the way it blesses each of us? What could you plant or help preserve in your garden or local area? How could you use less of something to make sure someone else has enough? Could you save some water, recycle more or buy less food? Could you create a generosity tree? Could you decorate it with symbols of generosity? I wonder what these would look like? Think about all the people you care about and then reflect on how you could be generous to each of those people. Keep the tree up as a reminder to be generous. Celebrate (see week 2) Genesis 9:17
Our rainbow-coloured world Focus on INDIGO AND VIOLET If this is your final week, encourage pupils to think about how they can be generous over the summer when not at school or continue to be generous at home and in the community, and to remember the rainbow which you have put together as they are out in God’s wonderful world
In our AOW this week we are exploring patience .
Making of Wallace and Gromit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3 CEE9xKKZc it took 6 weeks for 1 minute of film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y CLRcA9mlQE or find an appropriate version in a children’s Bible. I wonder how patient Noah had to be?
We shall be exploring the theme of ‘Humility‘ this week.
Here are some resources to help you think further.
Stories this week:- what do these stories tell us about humility?
The Pharisee and the tax collector and the Luke 18:9-14 or watch
Ask: I wonder which person was humble in this story? I wonder why Jesus praised this person?
http://read.gov/aesop/025.html or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOy9 y_zB8L4
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S d0EEHTJFgc.
I wonder why you think Grigor was praised? I wonder if you can of any more examples of someone building someone up, rather than knocking them down?
C. S. Lewis on humility- Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. Do you agree?.
Can you think of a definition of humility in your own words? Wonder what humility means to you?
I wonder how you practise humility in your life?
I wonder how humility might draw someone closer to God or to others?
I wonder how you can practice humility in your life this week?
John 13:4-7 ‘Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.’
Jesse Jackson I wonder if you have you had moments in your life where you have boasted, bragged or put others down to make yourself look good? I wonder if you have you had times when you’ve been humble, looking at the wonder of others rather than the wonder of ourselves? I wonder if this account of Jesus, in Holy Week, helps you to understand what Jesus understood humility to be? Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5ajWNrnt4
Humility about our place in God’s amazing world.
I wonder if you are ever full of wonder, to see yourself as small in a vast and beautiful world and universe – take time to be small – but special because we are part of it all! Humility is a looking outwards with wonder and awe at the gift of everything that isn’t ‘me’. Take time to consider how special and wonderful we all are, and yet so tiny! So everybody is a tiny dot, wonderful, important – but I wonder what can we do? Just now it is a little bit difficult. But think about what others have been doing and think about if you could help with these ideas or similar because tiny things can make a huge difference. As a family, you could spend time to check that everyone is OK or serve a family member by helping with a task. In the community, you could give to others - make up a food parcel and deliver it to the doorstep of someone who cannot get out or shop for someone else to save them going to the supermarket or phone someone who lives alone – give time to listen. Thank God for ‘tiny’, amazing, wonderful you and for all the ‘tiny’, amazing people who love you, have loved you in the past and will love you in the future.
What might humility look like for you today?
foregoing thanks ?!
What other examples can you think of?
This song might help you to think about Jesus’ example of humility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= A0FSZ_iSYO8
Create a Jar of Humility. Every day, write on a piece of paper saying how someone has helped you – it can even be help with the most thankless of tasks. Fold up the paper and place in a jar. After 7 days, empty out the jar and read all 7 examples. Reflect on what these mean to you; you might like to say your own private prayer to God, giving thanks for the special people who have helped you with humility this week.
Finally the colour of the rainbow coloured world is green this week. See how many different things you can find indoors and outdoors that are a green colour and add another layer to your rainbow which already has red, orange and yellow.
We shall be exploring the theme of ‘Love ‘ this week.
Here are some resources to help you think further.
Here is an animated version of the story:
Here is another one :
Share the passage from1 Corinthians 13:1- 8 together, or you could use this video clip:
As you read or listen to this passage, I wonder which line jumps out? I wonder if there is a description of love that speaks to you? Find someone to share this with.
Watch Episode 3 Love online act of worship #faithathome https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/faith-home/faith-homevideos
The story of the paralysed man song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFCe5iwTtFw
Dear God, Thank you that your love is patient. Help us show patience with those around us. Thank you that your love is kind. Help us to extend kindness to others. Thank you that your love never fails. Amen
Spend some time praying for the work of Christian Aid and for those countries around the world who do not have access to health care, financial and food support as we do in the UK.
Dear God, I am sorry for the times when I haven’t loved people through my thoughts or actions. Thank you for all those that love me and for all those I love. Help my community to share love with each other through their actions. Please help me to love people in practical ways, especially those who are harder to love. AMEN
Prayer craft activity: You might like to take part in this prayer activity as you think about all those you love and what actions you can use to show your love. Draw around your hands and then cut them out, but keep the two hands joined together. The clip below will show you how to make the hands.
Can you see the heart in the middle of the two hands? Write the names of people you love on each hand. This could be family or friends. Use this as a reminder of people that you love. Maybe you could hold this when you are saying your prayers?
Finally the colour of the rainbow coloured world is yellow this week. See how many different things you can find indoors and outdoors that are a yellow colour and add another layer to your rainbow which already has red and orange.
We shall be exploring the theme of ‘Courage’ this week.
Here are some resources to help you think further.
DAVID AND GOLIATH I Samuel 17 Courage is often about continuing to do what you would normally do when faced with extraordinary situations. Many Christian believe that we should offer our skills, talents and abilities and that God will use that courageousness to achieve great things. The word ‘courage’ comes from the Latin word ‘cor’ – heart.
Here is an animated version of the story:
Ways to explore the story further;
https://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk /idea/david-and-goliath-very-loud story-drums-and-percussion
https://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk /idea/david-and-goliath-interactive activity
I wonder what you think of when you hear the word courage? I wonder who or what you think of when you hear the word courage?
I wonder if you can think of a time in your life when you had to be filled with courage?
Find a small stone and hold it in your hand. Could something this small make any difference to anything?
I wonder why David had to show such great courage? I wonder if your worries and anxieties can sometimes feel like ‘giants’? Think about these things, you may like to draw them or write them down. Find someone you trust to talk about your ‘giants’. It is always better to share you worries with someone else. It is ok to feel worried or anxious about these things. Many Christians believe that God promises to help, guide, strengthen and fill them with courage, just as he did David. I wonder if you need some courage to face your ‘giants’ like David did?
When David said he would fight Goliath, his eldest brother was angry and said that David was conceited (“cheeky brat” Good News Translation). David then went to others in the army and each time he got the same answer. I wonder how this story might have ended if David had given up when his brother was angry with him?
Think back to the account from the Bible from yesterday. I wonder how David felt when he faced Goliath? In some ways David felt no differently facing Goliath than he would have facing a lion or bear that was threatening his sheep (he was a shepherd before he was a king) …he believed that the same God who gave him courage to do this would be with him in facing Goliath. That was the secret of his courage… I wonder if there are people today who still give us examples of great courage?
Watch Captain Tom Moore https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ukengland-beds-bucks-herts-52333127 Captain Tom Moore celebrated his 100th birthday recently and has raised over £31 million for NHS charities, by doing something quite ordinary… walking. He could easily have said ‘I am too old to make a difference’. I wonder if you think that he showed courage?
Thousands of NHS workers, care assistants, supermarket workers -and your teachers- are just doing their jobs. But I wonder what sort of courage they are showing? I wonder how you can encourage them? Take some time to say thank you for all those who will show courage in serving others today
Think about this image and these words. I wonder what you think they might mean? I wonder if there have been times over the last few weeks where this has been your experience?
Watch and join in with this song which reminds Christians that God has given people courage in times if need;
You might like to read or listen to Psalm 23: this is a modern version of a Psalm that has given Christians courage in difficult times for generations:
Dear God, you know that I often feel frightened at the moment. Frightened about what will happen to me, to those I love and to our school community. But I know that you have been with me, I know that you will with us today, I know that you will be with me in the future. Give me courage to do the big things, the little things and the difficult things that will make a difference to someone else today. Amen
Finally the colour of the rainbow coloured world is orange this week. See how many different things you can find indoors and outdoors that are an orange colour and add another layer to your rainbow ( it was red last week.)
We shall be exploring the theme of ‘Hope’ this week.
Here are some resources to help you think further.
Watch: this clip of a seed growing.
Or this one
Peter and the lame man
Think about and discuss:
I wonder if you could make your own ‘blackboard’ with your hopes and those of others around you just now – you could also ask your wider family who are not with you just now – and add their hopes
You might be able to do a SIGNS OF HOPE walk: as you walk around your area, look for things that are growing. What do you think they will look like when they are fully grown? Perhaps count them, and then tomorrow, see if you can find more! When we start looking for signs of hope, it can remind us of the reasons we have to be hopeful.
This Little Light of Mine:
Our God is a great big God
The Lord’s my shepherd
Rainbow reminders .
The rainbow is an important symbol just now – we see a rainbow and we think of our hopes for the future. The first rainbow in the Bible comes after a time of sadness – when God has sent a flood but afterwards sent a rainbow of the promise that such a thing would not happen again.
I wonder if we can use the rainbow to celebrate our wonderful world each Friday and maybe add to the rainbows on our windows with thank you prayers? You could make home or class ‘thank you’ books of prayers and reflections creating ‘Our Rainbow Reminders,’ or similar week by week.
List or collect as many red things as you can – from nature, from around your home, your classroom, your school. I wonder why you should be thankful for each of these objects – large or small, important or not very significant at all? I wonder if we are thankful enough for all that God has given to us?
I hope you have enjoyed participating in some of the activities to celebrate Pentecost on the Family Activities page.
As we enjoy what is sometimes called Whitsuntide , we can remember that as has been said, 'All life is worship' so with no AOW till next term you can simply enjoy praising God for the beauty around us.
The frothy white elderflowers appearing are so pretty and make a delicious cordial ( see below) so as you make it and enjoy it you could always praise God for creation, thank him for all the abundance of food we enjoy and pray for those who are in need.
Have a great 'holy-day,' or holiday this Whitsuntide celebrating the birthday of the church!
You will need your parents to help you as it involves boiling water but hopefully you can do most of the recipe yourself!
1. Place 30 elderflower heads, I kg sugar, 75g citric acid, 2 litres boiling water and two chopped up whole lemons in a large bowl,
stir and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave it overnight.
2. In the morning strain the liquid through the clean tea towel, put the flower heads and lemons on the compost heap.
3. Bottle and dilute to taste. It will keep in the fridge for a week and can of course be frozen in plastic bottles to have at a later date. Enjoy!
In our collective worship this week we have been thinking about Ascension day which marks the day Jesus ascended to heaven. If you want to revisit the story you might like this cartoon version;
A reminder that God is always there is ‘I will not be afraid’ Life Tree Kids:
or another one about trusting God by Life Tree Kids
Try and make a ‘Jesus is with me’ prayer wheel as described in the AOW and look at it throughout the day.
In our collective worship this week we have been thinking about kindness. This week’s story features Jesus healing one leper but if you want to see another story about Jesus healing ten lepers have a look at :
or the story of the man born blind who Jesus healed and showed kindness to even though He got into trouble with the authorities for doing so.
Again if you want to reflect on how we can also have kind hands like Jesus you might like to reflect on the words of this old school hymn and perhaps compose another verse!;
1 Jesus' hands were kind hands,
doing good to all,
healing pain and sickness,
blessing children small,
washing tired feet,
and saving those who fall;
Jesus' hands were kind hands,
doing good to all.
2. Take my hands, Lord Jesus,
let them work for you;
make them strong and gentle,
kind in all I do.
Let me watch you, Jesus,
till I'm gentle took,
till my hands are kind hands,
quick to work for you.
To make a simple origami house and perhaps write a prayer about kindness seethe link below:
A slightly more complicated one is :
Our Worship board this week focuses on asking God to help us.
In our collective worship this week we have been thinking about friendship. If you want to revisit the story of David and Jonathan and their friendship have a look at this light hearted cartoon about the story
If you would like to sing the song’ I have a friend in Jesus ‘ see link below
To make a simple pop-up card for your friend :
This is a slightly more complicated but a great birthday card idea!
VE day on Friday 8th May
This Friday will mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe.
At 3pm on 8th May 1945, The Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a radio speech to tell Britain that the war was over. This resulted in a nation rejoicing with men, women and children throwing parties, lighting fires and ringing bells. The skies were also full of planes marking victory high above us.
As sadly most celebrations for VE day will have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus it would be good to have VE day as our focus for our virtual worship board this week especially as our prayer focus is ‘ reflection.’
VE Day activities:
Here are some extra activities that you might like to chat about and do on VE day itself as a family as you think about how grateful we are for all those who fought to give us peace.
A good way to think further about how people can make a difference, you might like to watch these two videos:
Captain Tom Moore fundraising news story
Video – Tom Moore receiving a Pride of Britain Award
We shall be having a virtual worship board this term and as usual will be focusing on five different ways of praying- Praise, Thanks, Asking, Saying sorry and Reflection.
We begin with 'Praise,' especially as we are enjoying such a beautiful Spring and there are different activities you may like to do.
If you have any photographs or prayers relating to these activities, please send them to your class teacher for uploading onto this page. Many thanks and keep safe, keep well and keep praying!
How to make a notebook for your prayers of thanks from one sheet of paper !
Making a note book with 8 pages
Making a note book with16 pages
In our collective worship this week we are thinking about ‘looking up’ and having an attitude of gratitude. We thought about the amazing world that God has made and it’s good to get outside in this beautiful Spring and look up at the wonderful blossom, the new lime green leaves and buds, hear the beautiful birdsong and give thanks for our wonderful world.
A couple of songs with lovely pictures of the natural world which you might like to look at are
What a wonderful world
The story of the ten lepers is a reminder to say thank you- have a look at this story link below.
To reflect further about ‘looking up’ you might want to make the origami cat that I made at the end of the AOW to remind us of all the lovely animals God has made and to ‘look up’ at the created world just like the cat in the last slide!
Finally a song, ‘Who put the colours in the rainbow’ that reminds us of all the things we can say thank you to God for creating - not least for making us !
Finally do look at our virtual worship board this week as we are thinking of ‘thank you’ prayers.
In our collective worship this week we are thinking about being a good neighbour.
The Good Samaritan is the story that underpins our vision of how we want to be as a school community. Being a good neighbour might mean helping in a practical way, sharing something we have, encouraging others or praying. Sometimes it means being kind or forgiving when we are upset by someone. Talk about who you think your neighbour is? Sometimes we help people we don’t know, such as those in need of food and it was wonderful to send a cheque to TEAR fund for £900 from our Harvest Festival to help those who needed seeds and equipment to grow food..
You might like to visit the story again- here is an on line version you might enjoy looking at.
To reflect further about loving your neighbour you might like to make an origami paper heart. You could even write a prayer on it too.
Finally a song that reminds us that when we don’t find loving our neighbour easy we can ask God to forgive us and make a new start .
Have a good day finding ways to help others and thinking further about how to love your neighbour.