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Worship Round Up

Friday 15th December 2023

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: ‘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

KS1 Nativity Dress Rehearsal - 'Hey Ewe'

On Monday, KS2 got to watch the dress rehearsal for the KS1 Nativity - Hey Ewe! This was a retelling of the nativty story through the eyes of a very curious sheep! The children did a fabulous job and we were delighted to share it with parents and carers at the performances this week. 

 Tuesday's Worship

The Greatest Gift

On Tuesday. we talked about the greatest gift that we have received and why. We heard how for many of us it’s the connections that we have with loved ones. We reflected on the greatest gift that we were given by Jesus's birth - a greater connection with God. We watched the nativity in sand and thanked God for giving us Jesus. Please take some time to watch the video too: Nativity in Sand

Wednesday's Worship 

Advent 2 - Peace

On Wednesday, we focused on the second advent candle - peace. We discussed the meaning of the word 'peace' and what this looks like in action in our lives. We then considered why one of the advent candles represents 'peace' and we shared Luke 2:14 where the angels declare to the Shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” We reflected on how Jesus brings 'peace' to our lives: Jesus gives us inner peace - the knowledge that we will be shown forgiveness and the chance to do better; Jesus encourages us to be at peace with others - to celebrate difference and treat others as we would wish to be treated; Jesus encourages us to remember that God is always there and to trust in His love in times of challenge as Jesus trusted in His plans. We closed worship with some reflections written by Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6: Peace is calming candles flickering in the wind; Peace is forgetting all of your worries; Peace is taking time to calm your mind; Peace is prayer and worship – taking time to talk to God and considered who or what brings us 'peace' in our lives. 

Thursday's Worship

Singing Practice

This week, KS2 rehearsed their concert songs in 2 parts:

  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Advent Calendar
  • Because of Him

KS1 chose their favourite worship songs to sing. 

Friday's Worship

Advent 3 - Joy

On Friday, we lit the third advent candle - Joy (the pink candle). We began by considering what 'joy' is: a feeling of happiness, a feeling of excitement, being so excited that you want to move around and share it with others. We looked at one definition of the word: "The emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. We then reflected on who felt 'joy' in the nativity story: the angels proclaimed that Jesus being born was good news and should bring great joy; as soon a the shepherds heard the news and saw Jesus for themselves they told others about him – they glorified God and praised Him. We closed worship with some reflections read by members of the school council, created by Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6: joy is a time of happiness and enjoyment; joy is having great fun; joy is a twinkle dancing in your eyes; joy is when you share friendship with other people. Finally, we thought about who or what brings us joy in our lives.