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Wednesday Worship – The Courage to Stand Firm

Good morning,

Sometimes bad things happen to people because they refuse to change their minds about what they believe to be good and true. The story today is about someone who continued to believe in God and pray to Him every day even though the King made a law against it. Watch the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEM_X25DWPk

Here is a retelling of the story too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN7Xuq57kWo

There are some people today who are put into prison simply because they believe in God and want to worship Him.

On the 9th October 2012, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban. Her crime? Being a girl and wanting an education. Happily she survived and her birthday has been named ‘Malala Day’ to campaign for the rights of all children to have an education.

Shinzō Abe and Malala Yousafzai (1) Cropped.jpg

Think about what it might be like for some people to be separated from their family just for what they believe.

Dear God,

Today we remember those who are not free to worship you openly. We pray for organisations that work to keep the light of hope burning for those who need it. Give us the courage to stand up for what is right.

Amen

Have a listen to Daniel’s song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0R0VaRYOTI

 

 

Tuesday worship – Facing bullies with courage

Good morning,

Today, we are thinking about how you, as individuals and collectively as a school community, we can respond to instances of bullying.

Have a look at the picture. We have something very large and impressive and something small and insignificant. Which do you think is the most powerful, and why?

I expect you said the pin was more powerful because it can pop the balloon. We will be watching a story about David who was an important King of Israel.

David was the youngest of eight sons and was a shepherd like his father. While taking care of the sheep, he would use a sling to keep wild animals from hurting them. He would also play his harp. He wrote many of the songs found in the book of Psalms in the Bible. Watch the story to see how David’s life changed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gqi7D7QiZg

Goliath was a bully and enjoyed making fun of those he didn’t like. Has anyone made fun of you or spread untrue rumours? The things people say can make us feel upset or frightened. Even if we know the rumours are lies, we can be too worried to stand up to bullies.

This story shows how someone small and unimportant was able to be very courageous when he was faced with a big, boastful bully. If someone is telling lies about you or being nasty in another way, how might you stand up to them?

Today’s prayer is written by a man (Archbishop Desmond Tutu) who used powerful but non-violent ways to fight prejudice and discrimination against people in South Africa.

Goodness is stronger than evil,

Love is stronger than hate.

Light is stronger than darkness,

Life is stronger than death,

Victory is ours through Jesus who loves us.

Amen

Have a listen to the song- Only a Boy Named David

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tcMhEzbs2Q

Worship- Tuesday 23rd March

Facing our Fears with Courage

Yesterday we watched the story of George and the Dragon and talked about how some people think the dragon represents our fears and worries. We reminded ourselves of the people we could tell if we had worries.

Today, we are going to listen to the story ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5ibh-RzwIU

Can you remember some of the things Jenny worried about?

Do you ever worry about things like Jenny did?

How does worrying make us feel?

How do you cope with your worries?

It is important that we never make fun of someone else’s worries but listen to their concerns and try to help.

Has anyone ever had a worry that they no longer have? How did you deal with it?

Reflection– If you are worried or scared about anything today, have a think about who you can share it with.

 

Dear God,

Thank you for  the people who are there to help us.

Please help us never to feel like we have to manage all alone.

Please help us to find the courage to share our worries and to listen when others want to share their worries with us.

Amen

Here is a song based on ‘The Bag of Worries’

https://www.fischytunes.com/video-repo/bag-of-worries/

 

Worship – Our value is ‘Courage’

This half term, we are thinking about having courage. This is the same as being brave. In the film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the lion wanted to have courage because he was very scared.

wizard of oz

What he didn’t realise was that he had courage all the time. How any of you think you have courage? You don’t have to be a superhero or a grown up to have courage. We can all have courage.

Christians pray to God for encouragement and strength and it is important that we encourage others when they are having a difficult time.

Our theme today is encouraging others.

Has anyone ever been on a storm sea? What words would you use to describe it?

Today’s story tells how the apostle, Paul, faced opposition and danger with courage and trust in God. He was also able to inspire and encourage others around him to keep calm and work together. Watch the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U16uNUKNvVM

How did Paul show courage? .How did he encourage others? We all need to show courage from time to time and remember the ‘Because I can…’ session from yesterday and the courage that Tim showed. He was also encouraged from those around him when he felt like giving up. How will you encourage others this week?

Dear God

Thank you for being with us when times are tough. Help us when we face problems and difficulties to be courageous and determined. When people we know are struggling, may we be ready to encourage them and help them in any way we can.

Amen

Finally, watch this clip of someone showing courage and being encouraged.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-Yn4b9iClE

Monday worship- Connectedness

Good morning,

The last few weeks have been very difficult for lots of people. Just have a think about some of the things you liked about being at home and the remote learning. Then have a think about some of the things you missed most about being apart.

Now have a look and listen to this song – We are all Connected

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoYTbYs1xqA

Next collect your ideas on what things you like most about being back together (it is OK to say there are things you find hard about being back in school too).

Choose a coloured heart and write your name on it. Then write down a word or a sentence about some of the good things about being back together e.g. fun, friendship, caring for each other, learning together etc. Cut out your hearts and send them to Mrs Derrer

You can also have a listen to this song- ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. Have a listen to the words and say what you think the song is about.

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

Dear God,

We all face challenges.

They may be difficult and overwhelming.

We pray for calmness and peace as we approach these challenges.

We pray that we will comfort and support each other over the coming weeks.

Help us, today, to bring our friendship and love to others.

Amen

Happy World Book Day -Thursday 4th March

Good morning,

Here is a World Book Day song to start the day.

https://www.worldbookday.com/mc-grammar/

You can choose a story to listen to here. Have a look as there are several to choose from.

https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/

There are lots of ideas for things to do on the official site.

https://www.worldbookday.com/resources-to-celebrate-world-book-day-2021/

Here is a guide to ‘Ten Tips for sharing Stories’

https://www.worldbookday.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Ten-Tips.pdf

You can send us a picture of you dressed up as a book character or one of you reading.

Enjoy World Book day everyone!

 

Tuesday 2nd March – Friendship

Good morning everyone,

I know that lots of you are looking forward to coming back to school because you have been missing your friends and can’t wait to see them again.

What difference does having a friend make to your life?

Do you know who this is?   It’s Burglar Bill from the book of the same name by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.  It is the delightful story of a thief who lives off other people’s fortunes, until two major events change his life forever. The first is when he steals a box only to find it contains a baby, and the second is when he, too, is burgled, by Burglar Betty. The improbable meeting of these two thieves, turns them both into honest folk who vow to keep on the straight and narrow.  Their lives are all changed for the better – because they became friends!

In one of The Bible stories, Jesus makes friends with a man called Zaccheus.  Now Zaccheus was a tax collector, but not an honest one.  Zaccheus stole from other people and took extra money when he gave them their tax bills and became very rich on all the money that he stole.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIQeriw-USs&feature=emb_logo

Before Zaccheus met Jesus, he didn’t really have any friends because he was greedy, dishonest and selfish. Would you want to be friends with someone greedy, dishonest and selfish? But Jesus befriended him, he gave Zaccheus a chance and showed that he cared for him. I wonder why?

Jesus loved everyone when he lived on the earth. It didn’t matter how bad people were, Jesus was always there for those who needed him. This is true for us too – no one is so bad that God doesn’t love them. And the more time we spend with God – praying, thinking about him, finding out about him, the more we want to be like Jesus; kind, helpful and good.

Through showing Zaccheus his love and friendship, Jesus helped to change Zaccheus to being kind and caring.

Have a moment to reflect – have you always shown kindness and friendship to others when they aren’t being kind and caring?  I wonder if your friendship could help change how other people behave?  Friendship and love are powerful and they are qualities that so many of you have been missing.

Have a listen to this song and thing about your friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNi02gxTI1M

Dear God
Thank you for our friends and for everything that they are.
Thank you for all their gifts and talents, the kindness they have shown us and the many things they have given to others.
Please continue to guide me, so that I may also be a good friend to others.
Amen.

 

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