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Worship Round Up

Friday 24th November 2023

Our weekly round-up aims to support our parents in the conversations that they are having at home with theirchildren. Each week, we will share the themes of each of our worships and any resources that we have been using, such as: videos, books and music, to allow our parents to access these if they wish to. Our weekly worship is structured in the following way: 

  • Monday Worship Focus: ‘Legacy…’ led by class teachers or the senior leadership team who explore people who are excellent role models within their field and consider the impact they had on our world today;
  • Tuesday Worship Focus: ‘What’s happening in the world this week?’ led by Mrs Griffin and focusing on key events that are taking place in the world currently;
  • Wednesday Worship Focus: ‘Bible Stories’ led by Luke Wickings (the vicar from St Paul’s) who is working through the stories of the Bible and exploring the lessons that can be learnt from these;
  • Thursday Worship Focus: Singing led by Mrs Griffin and Mrs Walker;
  • Friday Worship Focus: Values and Celebration led by Mrs Evans who revisits one of our core values — Commitment, Courage and Love, along with celebrating the team points winners for the week and achievements from outside school with the pupils.

Monday's Worship

On Monday, we continued focusing on ‘legacies’. We learnt about Alan Powell Goffe who was a virologist from Kingston Upon Thames. We heard about the discrimination that he faced throughout his life in the 1930s and 1940s - many people told him that because of his background and the colour of his skin he would not be able to be successful in his field. He was determined to prove them wrong. Alan was part of the team that developed vaccines for polio and measles that are still used today. Other reserch that he did has been built upon since his death to develop other vital vaccines. We reflected on his determination not to let the opinions of others hold him back and the relevance that this message can still have today. 




 Tuesday's Worship

World Kindness Day

On Tuesday we reflected on world Kindness day. We learnt the benefits for others of being kind and also for ourselves, including the chemicals we release in our bodies when we show other people kindness. We looked at times when we need to see the positive and to remind ourselves to choose kindness and of Jesus's new commandment: "To love one another as I have loved you."

Wednesday's Worship 

Sermon on the Mount

On Wednesday, Luke continued to reflect on the kety messages in the Sermon on the Mount. We thought about what we really value in life and discussed the value that people might give to money and all the access it give us to materials or gifts. We then looked at the analogy Jesus gave about building your house on a rock (solid foundation of Jesus's values of love and kindness) and how that would be wise as it would withstand any floods (or challenges that we may face in life). We looked at how if we build our houses (lives) on sand (values that are not from Jesus's teachings) then we would find it harder to face challenges or troubles. In our prayer at the end of worship, acknowledged that if we build our lives uponthe teachings of Jesus, we'd be able to be the best version of ourselves. 

Thursday's Worship

Singing Practice

This week, KS2 practised songs for our Christmas Concert, including:

  • 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'
  • 'The Holly and the Ivy'
  • 'All Because of Him'
  • 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas'
  • 'Calypso Carol'
  • 'Advent Calendar' which has been composed by Sophie and Elena in Year 6. 

KS1 practised all of the songs from our Nativity, "Hey Ewe".

Friday's Worship

Choosing to See the Positive View

On Friday, we watched the new John Lewis Christmas advert. We thought about the word: 'perfect' and considered the 'perfect' tree in the advert that wasn't seen to be perfect by everyone. We thought about why they viewed it diffrently and then reflected on the fact that sometimes when people see something that is not what they are used to or as expected they can view it negatively rather than taking the time to see the positives about it. We then reflected on what could make the 'perfect' tree in the advert a great tree after all. We finished by going back to look at Matthew 7:13-14 which Luke had shared with us last week and considered that we always have the choice to take the positive view - looking for the good. We discussed that while this may at times feel like the harder path to take, we will get greater reward from choosing kindness and positivity, taking the time to understand rather than push away differences.