This half term we are exploring the value of Hope.
Christian hope is grounded on the character of God. True hope is much more than a general idea that things will get better. It is more than a belief in progress, which sees the world and people as getting better all the time, growing away from violence, ignorance and confusion.
This half term we are exploring the value of creation.
All of life is a ‘gift’, entrusted by a loving creator God to humankind for a purpose. This purpose is glimpsed as the creative spirit within each person learns to value and explore, celebrate and enjoy this world in all its mystery and diversity.
This term we are exploring the value of Justice.
The justice revealed in the Bible is always seen in the context of love. It includes the call to take responsibility for one another, especially the poor and oppressed, and to see that no-one is excluded from the essentials of life.
Why is the value of justice important?
We are very thankful that Chaplain Andrew was able to lead our worship this week. The story of Peter calming the storm helped us to remember that during the most impossible situations, when all hope seems to be lost, and there is darkness, this is the exact time that Jesus is there. He told the disciples and He tells us, “Take heart…do not be afraid.”
We looked at what is less fair, sometimes fair and more fair.
Reverend Gavin welcomed us in Church this week, where we listened to the story of the widow's offering. Jesus and His disciples sat watching as offerings were made at the temple. The rich man gave a huge bag of coins, but then along came a widow who gave two small coins. Jesus spoke “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on".
Lord, help us to give our all. Help us to love with all our heart, soul and mind. Amen.
This half term we are exploring the value of thankfulness.
Thankfulness has always been at the centre of the life and worship of God’s people. Under the Law of Moses, there were not only sacrifices for forgiveness, there were ‘thanks offerings’ as well. ‘Songs of thankfulness and praise...’ are at the heart of Christian worship. Thankfulness is directed towards God who gives and sustains life. Seeing the world as God’s creation underpins the way we approach everything in life, seeing it as a gift and not as a right.
What are you thankful for?
This half term we are exploring the value of relationships.
Relationships are of undisputed value in our society, and a key concept in the Christian framework. Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys and sorrows are all features of relationships and these are things of immense value. True relationships enable each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. All this echoes the value placed by God on the preciousness of each person.
Which relationships are important to you?
Y6 Class Worship
Thank you to Year 6 for inviting Reverend Gavin and I to take part in a very thoughtful class led worship.
It really gave me time to consider the people who hold a special place in my heart.
This half term we are exploring the value of Peace.
Christians are called to share in Christ’s work of restoring wholeness. The Christian vision in this respect is far-reaching and challenging: harmony between people, harmony between people and God, and harmony between humans and the whole created order. The Hebrew term for peace, ‘shalom’, has a deep and complex meaning, encompassing much more than simply the absence of hostility or war. Shalom includes ideas of healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It means harmony, stability and security within a community. It refers to relationships based on truth and righteousness, where people flourish because they are nurtured.
How do you find Peace?
A wonderful class led worship in Year 2 helping us to consider others and live in peace.
Reverend Gavin also joined us to worship and loved how Year 2 made him think about how he can talk to God in any place and at any time.