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Worship Round Up

Friday 3rd May 2024

Our weekly round-up aims to support our parents in the conversations that they are having at home with their children. 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: Values Focus led by Mrs Evans who revisits one of our core values — Commitment, Courage and Love. 
  • Tuesday Worship Focus: ‘Earth Heroes’ led by class teachers;
  • Wednesday 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;
  • Thursday Worship Focus: Singing led by Mrs Walker;
  • Friday Worship Focus: Celebration led by Mrs Gnanasri to celebrate the team points winners for the week and achievements from both inside and outside school with the pupils.

Monday's Worship

In worship on Monday, we focused on stepping out of our comfort zone. I used a PE hoop to demonstrate the idea that staying in your comfort zone puts a boundary or a limit on what you can achieve and experiences but stepping out of this can offer new opportunities or experiences that we would otherwise not have had. We considered what 'stepping out of our comfort zone' might look like in school and agreed that it could include the following: making a new friend; trying a challenge; trying a new club or attending a club for the first time; sharing thoughts and opinions or asking for help. We then looked at Phillipians 4v13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  and reflected on its message - God wants us to face challenges and know that Jesus can give us strength when this feels hard. We acknowledged that it is not always easy to step out of our comfort zone, and that we can need help to do this, and ended by considering who we could ask for this help/support at school. 

 Tuesday's Worship

In worship on Tuesday, we began our series of 'Earth Heroes' worships. We began with Genesis 2v15 "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." We learnt about Mohammed Rezwan who grew up in  Bangladesh and saw the challenges that many people faced due to annual monsoons. The heavy rain would cause destruction and would lead to many children being cut off from their schools. When he grew up, he decided to train as an architect as he was determined to find a solution - and he did! He started by creating one 'Floating School' so that if the children were cut off by flooding, the school could come to them. He has gone on to not only build more floating schools, but to also create floating training centres, libraries, playgrounds, small farms and even an outdoor cinema! He has won many awards for his work now, but he says there is still more to do and that everyone can make a difference...

Wednesday's Worship

This week we reflected on people who inspire us - our real life heroes. We talked about what these people have in common. Mrs Griffin shared how Tony Edwards, a school governor for over 20 years, has been such an inspiration for so many at St Paul's. We shared how we had the opportunity to celebrate his life this week at his funeral. We reflected on how he gave his time to others, made everyone feel heard and always looked for the best in people. We talked about the impact he had on the school re-build and the legacy he has left at St Paul's. We reflected upon the importance of identifying our everyday heroes - people who make us and our lives better, who encourage us to flourish. We committed ourselves to taking opportunities to thank these people. We finished worship by thanking God for Tony and for all the people that God has given us to enrich our lives.  

1 Corinthians 1 v4:  I always give thanks to my God for you because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus.

 

Thursday's Worship

Singing

On Thursday, in singing worship, we learnt the final vocal part of 'Dona Nobis Pacem' and sang all three parts.
We also sang 'Today' and 'Give It All You've Got'.
Children prayed to give thanks for our friends, school and teachers.

Frday's Worship

During Friday's worship, Mrs Gnanasri shared the team points winners for the week, awarded the 'hot chocolate awards' given for demonstrating love in our actions and celebrated some of our pupils' achievements from outside of school. She also checked in on the progress that our classes have made in the 'Path to Paris' challenge. Well done to year 5 who are currently in the lead!