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Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Collective Worship

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! 

We are looking at the theme of generosity this week

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In our collective worship this week we are looking at generosity.     

                                                                                              13/7/20

Discussion starters:

  • I wonder what you think generosity means? If you are with someone, have a chat with them about what they think it means. Do you both agree? The dictionary defines generosity as, “the quality of being kind and generous.” Do you agree with this?
  • What did you think about with the story of the wodows mite in out AOW this week?In the Bible, Jesus explains to his disciples the importance, not just of what we do and are seen to do, but the reason why we do something – what is in our mind and our heart when we choose to do something is as important as what we do. He compares the acts of the “teachers of the law” (the Scribes or Jewish Leaders) with the act of a poor widow. A widow is a lady whose husband has died. In Jesus’ time, widows were often poor because they did not have their husbands to protect them anymore and bring money home to live on.
  • Share the passage together: Luke 21 1-4  I wonder who you think was the most generous person in the story? Why do you think that
  • What do you think it means to be a cheerful giver? 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B k_7wUR2Wdg

 Coin story

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).

 

 

 

Prayer;

  • Use virtual worship board with penny coins for the children
  • A prayer to use:

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

The rainbow:

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

Our virtual worship board on generosity.
Wonderful art from our theme of  patience and Noah's ark.

In our AOW this week we are exploring patience .

Discussion starters

  • Patience with circumstances Genesis 6:14-22 'Rome wasn't built in a day', doing something worthwhile can take time, taking the long view, 'instant everything' isn't the answer to every problem. I wonder if you can think of a time when you had to be patient?
  • Sometimes things that look simple have taken lots of patience to create, complete and perfect – such as this example:

 Making of Wallace and Gromit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3 CEE9xKKZc it took 6 weeks for 1 minute of film.

  • In the Bible, Noah finds that he has to be patient. God had told Noah to build a great big Ark. He had to take all his family and two of every kind of animal to save them from the coming flood. Noah had carefully followed God’s plan, Noah had to show patience with the animals and people he was locked in with and with the timing of God’s plan. He had confidence that God was with him, but he couldn’t see how the plan would work out. In Genesis 8: 6-13, you will find the end part of the story. For the full story you could watch The Jesus Storybook Bible version which is available as a video here.

 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?

  • Patience with nature/the world Genesis 1:31 This is about learning to wait for things to grow (harvest); working for change is one step at a time (for example, climate change); the more complex the problem is, the more time and attention it needs before a solution can be found. Use this clip to show how patient animals are when hunting for food and how patient humans have to be to film them! https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=sxYvbtE4Ybs I wonder if you can think of times when we have to wait for God’s creation to show itself in its full glory?
  • We need to recognise that everyone is different, learning to make allowances for others, giving time to people, walking at another's pace and not rushing them. This is a proverb from the Bible: 'Losing your temper causes a lot of trouble; but patient people bring peace' (paraphrase). I wonder what you think this might mean? I wonder if this has ever happened to you during the lockdown? I wonder how you resolved those situations

 

Prayer suggestions:

 

  • I wonder if you could say a simple prayer for more patience in any situation where you feel that you are losing or lacking in patience?
  • Patience with ourselves Colossians 3:1 This is about not giving up, coping with temper, recognising our strengths and weaknesses, not being too hard on ourselves because we all make mistakes.
  •  I wonder what you think when you join the end of a long queue? I wonder who you think of when your teacher asks you to think of someone who is patient? I wonder if you can think of a time in your life when you had to be patient and wait for something? How long did you have to wait? A minute? An hour? A day? A week? A month? LongerI wonder… if you have to feel patient, or if you can choose to be patient? I wonder how you cope when you have to be patient – maybe not cooped up in an ark, but maybe in a car on a long journey, or through lockdown?
  • Paul wrote these words to one of the very first churches: he said ‘…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’ (Colossians 3:12) So maybe patience isn’t always something that we have to feel inside first – maybe it’s something we can choose to put on, a bit like a jumper? I wonder if that makes a difference? If patience was an item of clothing, I wonder what it might look like? (Maybe something with lots of buttons, or shoes with laces!)
  • Create a simple traffic light, with three paper circles. On the top circle use a red pen to write or draw something that you were unable to do because of lockdown, something that you are disappointed about. On the middle circle use an orange pen to write or draw something that you are looking forward to doing when everybody is back together in school, whenever that might be. On the bottom circle use a green pen to write or draw something that you enjoyed doing while you have been in lockdown. You could use this as the basis for sorry, thank you and please prayers.
  • Take time to give thanks that patience is rewarded in the beauty and wonder of creation. Spend a few minutes looking at one flower in detail

Practical action:

  •  Consider some practical action eg a seed bomb is a mixture of seeds from wildflowers and powdered clay. You can buy or make the seed bombs https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/ac tions/how-make-seed-bomb with the help of an adult When you have planted the seeds, you will need to be very patient! Make sure you water the soil and look forward to the time that insects and bees enjoy the flowers you planted!
  • Perhaps be a  patient wildlife photographer and send in photos of the creatures they saw around them on their walks - see this reflective video by scrolling down to 18 May https://twitter.com/StPetersFarn ham Celebrate (see week 2) Genesis 9:17 Our rainbow-coloured world Focus on BLUE When Noah saw the rainbow in the sky at the end of the story from earlier in the week, he must have felt as if his patience had been rewarded.
  • Try practising patience when you are learning a musical instrument, a new sport, new numeracy or literacy or a new skill such as knitting or sewing.

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A photo from the Toyntons about what humility means - many thanks!
Some photos from our AOW on love last week.
Last week's theme was love.
Week 4 beginning 29th June.

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?

  • Read this Bible story, in which Jesus speaks about two kinds of people. Humility towards others

The Pharisee and the  tax collector and the Luke 18:9-14 or watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U fe6zouTq8g  

Ask: I wonder which person was humble in this story? I wonder why Jesus praised this person?

 

  • Read Aesop’s Fable, The Hare and the Tortoise. How is pride and humility seen in this story?

http://read.gov/aesop/025.html or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOy9 y_zB8L4

Discussion starters;

  • Luke 18:9-14 Humility is a word that we do not hear very often. I wonder if you could explain what it means? I wonder if this clip might help you? In 2018, tennis player Grigor Dimitrov hit national headlines.

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?

  • Humility with love  Ephesians 4:2

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?

  • Humility about ourselves.

 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

 

Songs:

  • This song might help you to think about Jesus’ example of humility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= A0FSZ_iSYO8
  • All things bright and beautiful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT_oDqOEGpc

 

Humility about our place in God’s amazing world.

  • Psalm 139:7-12 Watch Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=GO5FwsblpT8 (older) or https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=kAGBqIA-fd4

 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?

  • Can you show humility today by helping without being noticed and maybe

foregoing thanks ?!

  • Perhaps pick up litter or let someone go first in a game.
  • Perhaps accept you are wrong and need to say sorry.
  • Be careful not to boast and affirm and encourage others.
  • Accept help from people when we need to
  • Know that we all have to try to show humility remembering Jesus’ example.

    What other examples can you think of?

 

 

Songs:

This song might help you to think about Jesus’ example of humility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= A0FSZ_iSYO8

 

Prayer activity:

  • Consider ‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.’ (Ephesians 4:2).

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.

 

  • Create a tower of shoes using those you are allowed to in your home or at school. I wonder…. how you could build others up this week …how others in your life help to build you up and support you …how we are not perfect – everyone makes mistakes and can accidentally knock people down. Remember, if we say sorry, we can help to rebuild relationships. I wonder how you might build others up and not put others down? If you’d like to, ask your family to help with this. You might also like to say a prayer to God, asking you to help with this.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We shall be exploring  the theme of ‘Love ‘  this week.

Here are some resources to help you think further.

Story:

  • The story of the paralysed man , brought to Jesus by four loving  friends is told in Luke 5:17-26

Here is an animated version of the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cmppSIQUX4

Here is another one :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFCe5iwTtFw

  • The Bible gives Christians a really clear description of what love is and what it isn’t.

Share the passage from1 Corinthians 13:1- 8   together, or you could use this video clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8 F9_A7XIU6k  

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. 

Discussion starters;

  • The paralysed man: I wonder why his friends did this for their friend who was paralysed ? How were they showing Agape love? I wonder where you might have seen this type of love happening in your community, house or school? Why don’t you talk to your family or friends about that now?
  • 1 Corinthians 4:13-18 Thinking back to yesterday … Love is …. How would you complete this sentence? What did you notice yesterday about how love was described in the Bible?
  • Love is an action. I wonder what you think about this? Do you agree? I wonder how you know that someone loves you? Hopefully through their actions, words and thoughts. I wonder if you think this description of love goes across all the different types of love we talked about earlier-there are lots of different types of love, I wonder if you can think of any?  There is the love between brothers and sisters and other family members, love between friends, romantic love, love you have for your favourite food or the love you feel for your pets.  ? 

Watch Episode 3 Love online act of worship #faithathome https://www.churchofengland.org/faith-action/faith-home/faith-homevideos 

  •  The Bible also talks about different types of love. Agape love is mentioned many times in the New Testament as it describes selfless, unconditional love. That means, doing something for others without expecting anything in return.
  • LOVE IS AN ACTION! 1 Corinthians 4:13-18 Watch Episode 3 Love online act of worship #faithathome https://www.churchofengland.org/fa ith-action/faith-home/faith-homevideos 

Songs

The story of the  paralysed man song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFCe5iwTtFw

A prayer:

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

  • The Christian Aid Week appeal for this year used the tag line ‘Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.’  They have asked all those who support them to give in love, to help others practically. This is another example of agape love.

 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.

  • Remember, love is an action. How could you show love to people with the things you do and so love people with your actions? What might they need right now?  If you would like to, use this format to write or say a prayer. S – Sorry T – Thank you  O – Others  P – Please  

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UHkmPy0rdE

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.

 

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Here are some lovely photos sent in by Mrs Frederick and Mr Vaughan showing some of the follow up activities from the AOW on courage this week.

We shall be exploring  the theme of ‘Courage’  this week.

Here are some resources to help you think further.

Story:

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgOVBOm49tQ

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

Discussion starters;

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?

 

Songs

Watch and join in with this song which reminds Christians that God has given people courage in times if need;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQS2HHayr38

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:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN4tPkX0 MG0

A prayer:

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.)

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Below are pictures of Freddie and Tilly Toynton using some of the 'Hope' resources to reflect further on this theme. Well done.
Welcome back to Term Six! 

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.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z1etoGp0Q

Or this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECibetK2EYI

Peter and the lame man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz0HptfaN0s

Think about and discuss:

  • ‘Hope is a baton, something to be held onto but also passed on. Hope comes to us… to flow through us.’   I wonder what it means, especially just now?  I wonder how hope might flow through you today?  You could say a prayer to ask God to help you to pass on the hope baton.
  • I wonder what you think hope is like? I wonder how it starts and how it grows? I wonder how big it can become?
  • I wonder what seeds need to grow into plants and big, tall trees?  I wonder what hope needs to grow?
  •  Do you ever find it difficult to be hopeful? Think of someone who might need hope right now. What could you do to help their hope to grow?
  • Look at what some students and teachers said that their hopes were at the beginning of a school year by watching 

https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=dlcU5uHMdTM

 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

Walk :

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.

 

Pray:

  • Find and hold the small object you found at the start inside your hand and make a fist around it. Now think about the thing you hope for most right now, while holding your hand tight.  As you start to open up your hand, say what you will do to help your hope to grow.  Start with: ‘To help my hope to grow, I will…’  You might also like to say a prayer, asking God to help you or reflect on how you can help your hope and those of other to grow.
  • Dear God, we thank you for giving us hope when we feel worried, when we are having a hard time, when we don’t know what’s ahead of us and when we are sad. Thank you that even the smallest seed of hope can grow into a big, tall tree. Please help us when we find it hard to be hopeful, so we can offer hope to others. Amen
  • Music:

This Little Light of Mine:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= QCN893hzueQ

Our God is a great big God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaXPXWBcE3I

The Lord’s my shepherd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN4tPkX0MG0

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?

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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!

 

Elderflower Cordial.

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!

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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;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcFw8pLBSIo

A reminder that God is always there is ‘I will not be afraid’ Life Tree Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gdBRllf_sw

or another one about trusting God by Life Tree Kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VDpHibftHs

 Try and make a ‘Jesus is with me’  prayer wheel as described in the AOW and look at it throughout the day.

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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 :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzZUDRrKgI8

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4qZ2KSbdxI

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEsx799dz8c

A slightly more complicated one is :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VBfMtJmAnE

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ2hRq-ei0U

If you would like to sing the song’ I have a friend in Jesus ‘ see link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Yk8-yJxEg

 To make a simple pop-up card for your friend :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RADVUqaXKgY

This is a slightly more complicated but a great birthday card idea!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XijepFlSdlM

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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    

https://bbc.in/2Y0hMsC

Video – Tom Moore receiving a Pride of Britain Award

 https://bit.ly/3aAsW9X

 

  • Listen, think, share  Look at the poster image, do we know who the person is in the poster? Explain that it is Captain Tom Moore, a 99-year-old war veteran from Bedfordshire who recently raised over £28 million for the NHS by completed 100 laps of his garden for his 100th birthday!  Read through the information found in the resource, all about Captain Tom Moore’s incredible achievement. Talk about how sometimes it’s not the biggest actions that can have the biggest impact and that all of the things that we do affect the world around us! Captain Tom didn’t even leave his garden but managed to raise a lot of money and raise the spirits of the nation!
  •  Can we think of anything we can do at the moment to help others?   Watch the useful video (found in the link above ) which shows Captain Tom receiving a Pride of Britain Award.   Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who dedicated her life to helping others said, “If you cannot feed a hundred people, feed one.” Talk about what you think she meant by this? Do you agree? Here are some ideas to reflect further about however small we think our actions are, we can all contribute to help make a positive difference to the world around us. Here are some ideas:
  • Write a letter or thank you card and send it to someone who has made a difference in your local community, this could be for a teacher, family member or neighbour.
  • Draw a picture of Captain Tom Moore completing his challenge.  
  • Write a prayer for those countries around the world who are still at war, those who are fearful and in need of peace
  • Use forest school materials, ( twigs, stones, leaves, flowers, shells, pine cones etc) to make the letters VE day or the word ‘peace’ or a symbol of peace which might be a dove.
  • Reflect as a family how you can help others nearby and far away.

 

Weekly Worship Board

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!

Praise - Worship Board Week 1

Thankfulness - Worship Board week 2

How to make a notebook for your prayers of thanks  from one sheet of paper !

Making a note book with 8 pages

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsjsDLCxBUA

 

Making a note book with16  pages

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8xJ2UzaQYU

Act of Worship - Week beginning Monday 27th April 2020

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Look up AOW about thankfulness .

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N420Kg9B4n8

Creation Calls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwGvfdtI2c0

The story of the ten lepers is a reminder to say thank you- have a look at this story link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzZUDRrKgI8

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4G10yxUrQ8

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 !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdlPfxiwDrw

Finally do look at our virtual worship board this week as we are thinking of ‘thank you’ prayers.

Act of Worship - Week Beginning Monday 20th April 2020

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osfQg4yKtq8      or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLzdQtetedc

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-BIL6p1Te8

 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 .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO-2fm7IKcU

Have a good day finding ways to help others and thinking further about how to love your neighbour.

Who is my neighbour?

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Act of Worship 17th April 2020
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