I will update this blog regularly with work from the children to showcase along with deatils of our in school worships.
Wednesday 20th January
Today we are looking at Jesus as a great story teller.
Whether it’s hearing about a friend’s life, reading a great book or watching a fantastic movie everyone loves a good story. There are many names which have earned the title of being a ‘great story teller’: J k Rowling, Roald Dahl, Shakespeare and, most recently David Walliams!
But how many of us think of Jesus as a great story teller- he was a fantastic story teller!
Just think of all the parables you know: The Good Samaritan, The Good Shepherd, The Prodigal Son, The wise and Foolish Builders to name but a few. A parable is a short, simple story that teaches or explains an idea, especially a moral or religious idea.
The parables of Jesus can be found in the Gospels of Matthew ,Mark ,Luke and John.
Jesus often answered questions by telling a story and he chose stories which the listener could relate too. It was Jesus’ way of getting his point across. He knew what interested the people and Jesus often challenged the thinking of the people to think about what the message was in the story. He often sets up the story and then includes a twist at the end which the listeners weren’t expecting.
Jesus didn’t just tell stories he connected with people in their real lives.
Monday 18th January
In this week’s live worship we focussed on Zacchaeus and on new starts and beginning afresh each new day. This is part of our worships on parables and Jesus as a great story teller.
We were greeted to our worship by Nicole in Year 3.
We started with the story of Zacchaeus which was read by 4 children from Year 6.
We discussed that just like Zacchaeus got a new chance when he met Jesus, so everyone in school can have a second chance when they get things wrong. Each day is a new chance - a chance to be different and a chance to make the most of new opportunities. If we’ve done things we’re sorry about, we can begin afresh each new day.
We don’t know what Jesus said to Zacchaeus but he turned his life around and mad a fresh start.
Our closing prayer was written and read by Issey in Year 6. You can watch her read the prayer by following this link Daily Prayers | Nyewood CE Junior School (nyewood-jun.w-sussex.sch.uk) for the 19th January.
Hope you are all OK and staying safe. It has been really wonderful to read the hopes you have for 2021 which have been sent to me by children in Year 6 who are learning in school. Here are just a few examples.
“I hope this coming year that I will be able to hug my grandma for as long as I want…” Nancy;
“I hope to go to Devon and spend the days, eating ice cream by the waves.” Meghan;
“I hope this year that I will be able to go on holiday because I really like spending time with my family and we always explore new places which makes me happy!” Victoria;
“This year has been tough so I hope I am able to hug my grandparents …and squeeze them tight…I also miss my nan’s dinners!” Issey.
I will share more next week.
If you are learning at home and would like to send your hopes for 2021 to me, please send them to the office email.
11th January 2021
In today’s live Worship we focussed on ‘Hope’ in these uncertain times.
Our Bible focus was Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
We began or worship by asking the children what they are most looking forward to about 2021.
We discussed that 2020 wasn’t what we hoped it would be. There were probably many times when we wished for a time machine that could leap forwards into the future to a time when things would be a bit more normal. Perhaps we still feel a bit like that!
We then focussed on these two questions.
As you look ahead to 2021, what are you looking forward to?
What are your hopes and dreams for the year ahead?
Many things that happened in 2020 weren’t in any of our plans for that year. It’s OK for us to feel sad about some of these things, and disappointed too.
However, we can also feel thankful and happy about some of the things that we experienced last year, perhaps some unexpected positives.
I gave the example of talking more with my Aunty back in Wales, we have talked more during recent times than for many years. Also I have got to know my neighbours better and even use Zoom!
We didn’t know what 2020 would hold and, although we have hopes and dreams for 2021.
Christians believe that even though we can’t see ahead to the future - we can’t get in a time machine and jump ahead to see what’s going on! - God is with us in every situation. Christians believe that God is bigger than time, so he holds us even in uncertain times.
We then reflected about the year ahead. What things do we hope for, what things would we like to achieve this year? What are their hopes and dreams for their friends and family?
The future may be uncertain, and there may be things that happen that we don’t expect in the year ahead, but there will also be things to enjoy and celebrate together.
The children were asked to send their hopes for the future to me during the next week and we will share these on this blog.
Our prayers read by Riley and George from Peterborough Class. Thank you both
Thank you that you are with us in every circumstance or situation.
You know how different and unexpected the last few months have been.
As we look ahead to 2021, help us to remember that you are with us, and you hold the future in your hands.
8th January 2021
In this week’s live worship we focussed on Epiphany
People sometimes talk about having a ‘lightbulb moment’. This could be a moment when they have an amazing idea, or when they suddenly realise something for the first time.
We might have a lightbulb moment when we suddenly understand a piece of work that we have been finding difficult. The moment when the penny drops, the clouds clear and it all makes sense is a ‘lightbulb moment’.
We could also have a lightbulb moment when we realize that a so-called friend is leading us into doing things that we don’t want to do. We might suddenly decide that we are not going to do what they say any more – we are going to make our own decisions.
The official word for a lightbulb moment is an ‘epiphany’. It comes from a Christian festival day that is celebrated on 6 January. On this day, Christians remember the visit of the wise men to the baby Jesus.
The Bible describes the wise men as bowing down and worshipping the baby. For them, this was a lightbulb moment: this was no ordinary baby. He was holy, a royal leader whose life and death would affect the whole world. The wise men would never be the same after this moment; it was as if a light had been switched on!
For some people, it is a lightbulb moment when they realize that to God, everyone is equal; neither rich nor poor are more important.
We then allowed time for thought and for us all to think about what that means in our own lives
Our Bible passage focus during this worship was Matthew Chapter 2 verses 1 to 12 and was read by Miss Vaughan and Mrs Owers.
As a shining star once guided the magi to the birthplace of the infant Jesus, so enable those who live here to be your shining light in the world; through Jesus Christ we pray.
1st December 2020
In our ‘virtual’ whole school worship we introduced the time of Advent and the meaning of the Advent wreath. The time of Advent traditionally starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, in 2020 this was November 29th. Advent is a Latin word that means ‘coming’.
In the context of Christmas, it refers to the coming or arrival of Jesus.
Thus preparing for the arrival of Jesus is an important time for Christians.
In churches, and in our worships, an advent wreath is lit. There are five candles, four on the wreath and one in the middle. On the first Sunday, one candle is lit and on the second Sunday, two candles are lit. This carries on until on Christmas Day, all five candles are lit.
The first is the Candle of Hope, the second the Candle of Love or Faith, the third candle is the Candle of Joy and the fourth the Candle of Peace.
On Christmas day, the fifth candle is lit which Christians believe represents the coming of Jesus, who for them, is the light in the darkness and affirms that Jesus is the Light of the World.
Rev Jo also shared an Advent video with us this week.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please help us to remember this year what really matters.
Help us to listen to your word, to be kind and generous and helpful to others and to be ready to welcome Jesus when he comes.Amen
8th December 2020
This week we looked at what it means to wait for something we really want. Chichester Class demonstrated this by waiting for Pop Corn to be cooked. The aroma in their classroom was lovely!
In our reflection time we thought about what we are looking forward to most at Christmas. Perhaps it’s the promise of presents or special time with family.
We then reflected about whether there are other things that we would love to see happen in the school or wider world.
We thought that we would like to see peace in areas of the world where there is fighting and war or to see the world become a happier, fairer, kinder place. We asked the question: How you can we play a part in helping to achieve these things in our homes, in our school and in the wider world.
How could we shine a light in the darkness this Advent?
Thank you for Christmas: for the presents, the food, the fun and our families.
Thank you that you sent your son, Jesus: the light of the world to make the world a better place.
This Advent, as we count down the days until Christmas, please help us to show your light and love to the people we meet.
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