Welcome back to the new school year. All classes are settling in well and we are re-capping our Christian Values. We also have reflection areas. We have been thinking a lot about friendship.
Many people have been donating to the HITTS food bank appeal, which grew from an idea from our children’s Ethos Group meeting.
Thank you for your generosity!
Here is a short film, showing children re-telling the story of the ‘The Poor Widow’s Mite’.-this is a well known story from the Bible, which shows that giving isn’t about wealth. It is about sharing what we have.
“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
Generosity is something we all value, people of all faiths and none. We know that we feel positive if we help others.
Here is another Oak Academy assembly, this time on Generosity, and features input from Lady Singh (President of the Global Sikh Council) on Sikh approaches to generosity – with prayers, reflections, activities and fun from student leaders in Manchester and Worcester.
One of the important ideas in Sikhism is sharing, here is a BBC link if you want to find out more.
The Summer break is nearly with us, but should you wish to continue your Christian home worship, you might like to visit the Exeter Diocese’s site;
Or explore some more of the Oak Academy’s material for broader reflective ideas;
This is the last Christian Values post for this school year, so have a lovely summer, and we’ll see you all in September.
Be happy and stay safe!
It takes a lot of courage to face huge challenges!
It could be easy to run away, but we know that living life well is about facing these challenges.
Children, families and their schools have risen to the challenge of carrying on as normal a life as possible despite the challenges being flung at everyone.
More and more children are able to come into school, and everyone is so pleased to see each other.
Those that can’t return to school life until September, face their own challenges, but everyone pulls together to help, making us all strong.
Here is a short film telling the story of David who stood brave and strong, against the giant, Goliath, when no one else would.
David and Goliath Samuel 1 16-17
Here is another assembly from Oak Academy on the theme of Courage.
(Copy and paste the link to your search engine to view the film.)
The most important message from Jesus was to ‘Love Thy Neighbour’.
That doesn’t mean just the person next door, but other people around us in our school, our street, town, country and across the world.
Times are strange and many people are struggling. You may have added an item of food to our HITTs food bank, outside our main entrance. You may be helping an neighbour with shopping and a friendly ‘Hello!”
Last week, an Oak Academy Assembly was led by the Duchess of Cambridge.
If you missed it here’s the link;
Let us all try to be kind to ourselves and others, and make the world feel a little sweeter.
Some of you may have seen The Duchess of Cambridge’s video assembly about kindness. In these strange times, kindness can take many different forms. We all have the right to food and basic health necessities but unfortunately this doesn’t happen for everyone. We are supporting our local community by asking for donations of food and toiletries for HITS food bank in Kingsteignton. More details below.
Year 4 and 5 have been reflecting on their time in lock down and being back in school. We talked about what they were enjoying and what was still difficult. We then looked at what we could do to support each other at this time.
Year 4 and 5 have been thinking about our christian value of friendship. They have written recipes for friendship, thinking carefully about which ingredients to use and how to mix them together.
Things are slowly starting to return to the ‘new normal’, children coming back to school, parents and carers returning to work and family and friends gathering in the sunshine.
It might be easy to wish that everything would hurry up so that life feels like it did back in the very early spring. However, it is important that we continue to take care and time to get the wheels of our community moving again, so that we all stay happy and well this summer.
At St Michael’s, we have begun to use all sorts of technology to continue our work as a school and a living community, and now even more than ever it is important to take some time to stop and reflect on life, its ‘Wows’ and ‘Ows’.
We like Oak Academy because they have created some Collective Worship at Home videos, suitable for everyone, whether of faith or none.
You might want to take some time to stop and watch this lively ‘Worship at Home’ video about being patient, and reflect on how best we can each take enough time to be careful and caring.
Although many have been coming into school since March, seeing other friends after so long has been wonderful. Just like the rain this week, has refreshed our garden, so seeing our friends seems to have done the same thing for many of the children and staff at school.
Each week this term we will focus on each of our school Christian Values, and this week is Friendship.
Christians believe that Jesus shows them how to be a good friend, caring and forgiving, but in other religions such as Islam, and Hinduism there are also stories and lessons about the values of a true and trusted friend.
You may want to think about what makes a great friend, what sort of qualities they have, and how they make us feel when we see each other. A true gift indeed, wether you are a religious person or not.
On the subject of friendship, here are some things you could be reflecting on and talking about at home.
Sometimes, treating people the same,no matter what, can be hard.
In the Bible (John 9; 1-12 and Luke 18꞉35-43 for example), there is a story of how Jesus heals a blind man.
Older folks might prefer this version
His disciples ask Jesus why the man had been blind every since he was born. Was it because his parents had done something wrong, sinned, and so the man was made blind?
Jesus answered that no one had sinned, that it was so that people can see clearly how amazing God is. The Jesus healed him.
For Christians, Jesus is the ‘Light of the World’, shining so people can see where to go, and to do the right thing.
If you aren’t a Christian, you will still know what things are right and what things are wrong.
For all of us, helping people who are struggling for not fault of their own, is the right thing to do.
It might mean that you put some food in the food bank collection box in the supermarket, you might do something to help the carers who work so hard st the moment, or you might donate some money to the Red Cross or Christian Aid to help refugees who are struggling with hand washing to keep themselves safe form the COVID19.
Here are some links;
You might want to take your reflections further, so here is an idea for your own Home Worship, on dignity: