As the final few days of this term approaches, we have spent time together as a school family reflecting and celebrating the year. As our Year 6 children prepare to pick up their bags and coats, and leave from the door one final time; we hope that they continue to hold our values in their hearts. As they start their new journeys may the love of God guide them on their path.
'Your world is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.'
We have reflected in worship this week on our value of truthfulness and having the courage to tell the truth. This can be difficult to do but at the centre of everything we do we should have Jesus at the heart of our actions.
Faith in action sometimes needs courage and strength and no greater example of this is Martin Luther King. He needed courage, hope and ultimately faith in the belief that God was with him in his quest for truth and equality.
'Be strong and of good courage, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.'
Our value this term fits perfectly with our celebration of Chorley Walking Day last Saturday. Jesus taught his followers to always walk in truth by following God's word each and everyday. After his ascension into heaven, he left his disciples with this mission to continue preaching the faith in truth, love and hope.
In our worship this week, we had the opportunity to reflect on doing the right thing and making the right choice even in difficult times. We shared our thoughts and reasons why it would be the right thing to do - God wants us to be truthful not just in word but in action.
'Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.'
The three persons of the Trinity are different but equal. They are united but all express the nature of God in unique ways. God is one and God is three - God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
'The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.'
2 Corinthians 13:14
Our theme for this term is ‘Truth’
Truth is a universal value that we should always seek to do. The importance of speaking the truth is used by Jesus in his teaching and stories he told about the word of God.
‘’God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Pentecost, which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem.
‘And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness’
Secret service missions have been taking place this week and it has been wonderful to see. We should serve one another in love and what we give will be given back to us in different ways.
Living out our values is all part of daily life in school and this week Mr Holmes set everyone a challenge to complete a ‘Secret Service’ mission. Everyone (including adults) to complete a mission to serve someone without wanting anything in return - the idea that there will be ‘no strings attached’.
We are sharing and living Jesus’ mission to serve one another in love and a wonderful way to live out our school motto.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
What will your secret mission be?
As we reflect on our value this term, we have thought this week in worship about using our values and skills to do God's work.
'Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various form.'
1 Peter 4:10
In our worship this week, we have shared our new value ‘Service’. It is a time to think about the talents that God has given us and how we can use these to serve others or brighten up their lives.
‘Serve one another in love’
The fourth Sunday in Lent. As we enter the last few weeks of Lent, we are continuing to share and live our values with one another. Jesus spent his life teaching God's word to others; sharing his message of love and faith with everyone.
'I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go, I will guide you with my eye.'
As we reflected last week, Lent is a time of fasting, prayer and sharing kindness with others. Despite the temptations Jesus faced, he remained strong and faithful as he knew God was watching over him.
God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
Corinthians 1: 13
08.03.2019 - Lent has started and as we enter this time before Easter we remember Jesus' time in the wilderness. Jesus was tested for forty days and nights. Lent is a time for us to reflect on the sacrifices he made and to use his example of faith and strength during this important period. This can be found in Luke's Gospel.
'After his baptism, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written. One does not live by bread alone." Luke 4:1-13
01.03.2019 - Jesus continued his teachings and these can be found within the Gospels. Our 'Big Story' frieze displays examples and symbols of his teachings. Jesus shared his good news message and this can be found in Luke's Gospel.
'Do to others as you would have them do to you.' Luke 6:27-38.
His teaching in this reading encourages us to love one another, not to judge or condemn and how we should forgive, so that we can be forgiven.
15.02.2019 - 4th Sunday before Lent.
Jesus had gathered his disciples, just ordinary people, who following God's word would do extraordinary things.
Jesus spent time preaching God's word but he knew that he would need friends to help him. He asked to go out on the boat with the fishermen. Jesus said to Simon Peter: 'Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.' Luke 5:4
08.02.19 - Last Sunday marked the fourth Sunday of Epiphany. Jesus was now baptised and the Holy Spirit had come upon him. Jesus spoke the words by Isaiah and the prophesy that had been foretold had been fulfilled.
In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he talks about the meaning of love and how Jesus fulfills this.
'Love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious or boastful or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends...And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.' 1 Corinthians 1-13
01.02.2019 - Last Sunday marked the third Sunday after Epiphany. Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee . He began to teach in synagogues and was praised by everyone.
”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to bring good news.” Luke 4:19
18.01.2019 - ‘Jesus had also been baptised and was praying the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved: with you I am pleased.”
Luke 3 21-22