10th March 2021
Today Molly in Year 6 welcomed us to our video worship.
We looked at Peter's story and the value of true friendship.
I asked the children if they have ever told a lie to keep themselves from getting into trouble. Have they ever let a friend down, rather than get into trouble themselves? Have they ever let a friend get into trouble for something that's really their fault?
I then read the following story
Peter's Story by Gill Hartley
Based on Mark 8.27-38, Mark 14.15-72 and John 13.36-38
Peter was one of Jesus' special followers, one of his closest friends. He was one of the first that Jesus had chosen - one day when he was out fishing with his brother, Andrew. Since then Peter had gone everywhere with Jesus. Right from the start, Peter knew that Jesus was no ordinary man and as the weeks and months went by he began to think that perhaps Jesus was the Special One sent by God to help people. In fact, he had even told Jesus so. One day Jesus had asked his special followers who they thought he really was; the others had hesitated, but Peter had come right out with it and said, 'You're the Messiah, the Special One sent by God.' After he'd said it, Jesus had begun to tell them what was going to happen to him - that he was going to die. Peter was shocked. 'What are you talking about?' he demanded. 'You aren't going to be killed! Haven't I just told you that you're God's Special One? No one can kill you!' But Jesus had just told him that he didn't understand - and he was right - Peter didn't understand!
Well, now it seemed that Jesus was right again. Peter stood miserably in the courtyard trying to keep warm by the side of the fire. Jesus had been arrested. He'd been taken to the High Priest's house for questioning. Peter couldn't believe it. How could Jesus have let it happen? Why hadn't God stopped the soldiers? Where were all the others? Why was he the only one of Jesus' special followers there? Mind you, Peter thought, he couldn't really blame the others for running away; it had taken him all his courage just to follow at a distance. He didn't want to get arrested as well - he knew what the palace guards were like and what might happen to him! So he stood there and wondered what to do. He knew that Jesus was being questioned by the High Priest and his council in the big hall upstairs. There was nothing he could do.
Just then one of the servant girls came up to where Peter was standing, to warm herself by the fire. She looked at him and asked, 'Weren't you one of the people with that man from Nazareth?' Peter panicked. He didn't want to be caught, so he blurted out, 'I don't know what you mean! I've got nothing to do with him!' And he walked away from the servant girl, away from the fire and out into the porch. He'd been standing there a little while when she passed by again. He heard her say to the other servants, 'He's one of them!' By now Peter was beginning to get really frightened, and without stopping to think he said it again, only a bit louder this time, 'I don't know what you mean! I've got nothing to do with him!'
After she'd gone Peter stood there, unable to move, thinking hard, trying to make up his mind. What was he going to do? Should he creep quietly away and leave Jesus to his fate? That might be the safest thing to do. But how could he leave Jesus there on his own - he was one of his closest friends! True, he hadn't been much use to him so far. He hadn't done anything to stop him being arrested - in fact he'd been a real coward back there in the Garden of Gethsemane, but even so he couldn't just abandon him now. Could he?
While he was still deep in thought, one of the other people waiting in the courtyard turned to him and said, 'You are one of them, aren't you? You must be, I can tell you come from Galilee by the way you talk.' That was too much for Peter. He began to swear and shouted, 'I've told you all! I don't know the man!' and he rushed out of the courtyard. As he went, he heard a cock crowing and he remembered back to that day when he had said that Jesus was God's Special One, and Jesus had told him that he didn't understand. He remembered, too, the time he'd told Jesus that he'd never leave him, and Jesus had said, 'You will. There will come a day when you will deny that you know me. Before the cock crows on that day you will have denied me three times.' And Peter broke down and cried.
During our time reflection we thought about the following:
Why they think Peter behaved as he did?
We thought about Peter's confusion (how could anything so awful happen to God's Special One?); his fear of arrest; his fear of the palace guards; his courage in following Jesus as far as he had; his loyalty to his friend despite his cowardice.
I asked how they think Peter felt when he heard the cock crow. Do they think he could ever be friends with Jesus again?
These questions could be followed up in class worship tomorrow.
Molly closed our worship with this prayer and response.
When we are frightened:
Please help us.
When we don't know what to do:
Please help us.
When we are tempted to lie:
Please help us.
When we let our friends down:
Please help us.
When we are sorry and want to make amends:
Please help us. Amen.
Nancy welcomed us to our worship
Today we are looking at the Christian Festival of Lent
What special day happened in the half term? Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. This comes from the word ‘shriven’ when Christians went to church ask for forgiveness.
What about the day after, does anyone know what this day is called?
Ash Wednesday, the First Day of Lent
Today we are thinking about Lent. Lent is when Christians remember a time of preparation that Jesus went through.
For 30 years Jesus had lived at home in Nazareth. At the age of 30, he knew that he was about to start teaching people about God and doing many amazing miracles. Can you remember the miracles we have learned about this term? He knew it would not be easy and that eventually it would lead to his death.
In preparation for this work, Jesus went off on his own into the desert for 40 days. For 40 days and nights he didn’t eat or drink anything and during this time he was tempted to do a number of things that he knew it was wrong to do.
Jesus didn’t give in to the temptations and didn’t do anything wrong. At the end of 40 days he left the desert and began the work he had come to earth to do. His time in the desert had prepared him for this work.
Lent is the period of time that leads up to Easter; it begins on Ash Wednesday (the day after Shrove Tuesday when traditionally pancakes are cooked). Lent lasts for 40 days (it doesn’t include Sundays) the length of time that Jesus spent in the desert preparing for his work.
For Christians, Easter is the most important time of the year as it is then that they remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. Because Christians want to ‘be prepared’ for the celebration of Easter ,they use Lent as a time to think more about God, go to special church services and pray.
It is hoped that Lent may focus the minds of Christians on God, and also help them to think of others who are not as fortunate as they are.
As part of Lent, Christians often give up something for 40 days. This is to remind them of the time when Jesus went without food in the desert. Examples are giving up chocolate or biscuits, or not watching television.
In recent years there has been a move towards doing something good during Lent instead of giving something up. Winchester Bubble shared their ideas with us
Can you think of something special that you could do during Lent that would help someone else?
Prayer was read by Arian in Winchester Bubble
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you that in these challenging times there are times to stop and to think.
Help us never to have time to be peaceful and silent.
Thank you for times such as Lent that remind us to think about you
and to consider what we can do to help those less fortunate than we are.
Please help us always be prepared to help other people.
I will update this blog regularly with work from the children to showcase along with deatils of our in school worships.
In today’s worship we looked at how lucky we all are to have friends and how sad and lonely life would be without them and how friends helped a man who was paralysed to be healed by Jesus.
Here’s the acrostic poem that Nadia read in our live worship.
F is for faithful; they’re loyal to the end.
R is for reliable; they’re true and don’t pretend.
I is for the interest in sharing thoughts with you.
E is for enjoyment whatever you might do.
N is for neighbourly; they’re kind in every way.
D is for dependable on every single day.
S is for that special friend you know is always there,
The one who makes you happy and you know will always care.
When they read this I was reminded about a story from the Bible (Luke 5.17–25) about four friends and Jesus heals a paralysed man:
There were once four men who regularly helped and took care of their friend who had been paralysed and unable to walk for many years. They had heard about a man called Jesus who was able to make blind people see, deaf people hear, cure lepers and even raise people from the dead. These men loved their friend and felt convinced that he too could be cured. When they heard that Jesus was teaching nearby, they were determined to find him. They carried their paralysed friend on a mat, secured with ropes, one at each corner, to a house in Capernaum where Jesus was teaching the people about God. There was a huge crowd crammed into the building, listening and hoping to witness some of the miracles for which he was becoming famous.
The four friends could get nowhere near. They were very disappointed but were determined to reach Jesus. One of them had a daring idea. In those days most houses had a flat roof that was reached by an outside staircase. The roof was covered with a thick coating of mud on a layer of reeds, so once they were up on the roof, they were able to scrape this away and make a large hole big enough to lower their paralysed friend down, in front of Jesus’ feet.
Jesus was very moved by the trouble that the four men had taken and knew that they had complete faith in his ability to heal their friend. So he said, ‘My friend, your sins are forgiven. Pick up your bed and walk.’ The crowd watched in amazement; some of them had known how ill the man had been. They watched as the feeling came back into the man’s once useless feet and legs, and then he slowly began to get up.
He stood up straight, picked up his mat and walked away, thanking Jesus and praising God. Some of Jesus’ enemies who saw what had happened were angry. Jesus knew this but he had wanted to demonstrate that his power to heal was a visible sign that he was indeed the Son of God. It was the loyalty of the friends and the faith that they had in him that encouraged Jesus to perform this miracle.
We then took some quiet time to reflect on the story and think about the following questions:
Think about your friends.
What makes a good friend?
Think about yourself.
Are you a good friend? Why?
Do you have to be a good friend to have a good friend?
Pola from Year 4 read our prayer
Dear Heavenly Father
We thank you for our friends and for the happy times we share with them.
Help us to be a good friend to them at all times.
Teach us how to play fairly and to share especially when we find this difficult.
Help us to recognize loneliness in others and show friendliness towards them.
We know that you are our friend and will be with us always.
Good afternoon. The Lord be with You
Today, Miss Vaughan shared one of the most well-known parables in the bible – the Good Samaritan. Parables were short stories that Jesus told to explain how people should live and treat each other. They were usually very short and quite simple, but sometimes the messages behind the stories were quite complicated and certainly not everyone who heard them would have agreed with them.
The story takes place on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. It was well-known as a dangerous road, used by robbers and thieves.
Samaritans were not friends of Jews. They had different beliefs and different ways of life. They did not speak to each other and the Jewish people thought they were not as good.
A priest was someone who certainly should have understood how to behave and a Levite is a person who assists the priest. They were thought of as good people.
You can watch the Parable of the Good Samaritan by following this link
I am not sure the lawyer would have been comfortable with that advice.
Lichfield Bubble thought about why the first two people would have ignored the injured man, although they clearly saw him. We thought there was more going on than seems at first. Were they bad men? Here are some of the words we came up with to explain their heartless reaction:
These people seem to have been looking inward. Worried by their own fears, not wanting to take the trouble to care – who knows.
On the other hand, the Samaritan was immediately filled with compassion – a reaching out and need to help, even if it was dangerous. He saw the need. He looked outward. He did not care WHO – he only saw WHY.
Have there been times when you knew what the right thing to do was, but did not do it for some reason? For example, you see someone making fun of someone or saying unkind things. You know it is wrong, but you are afraid to speak up and say, “Leave them alone, that is unkind”? You know what you should do, but it is somehow not that easy.
Please give us the courage to be like the Good Samaritan and have the strength to so what is right and to be brave and trust in you.
Friday 29th January
As you may know, next week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The team at Heads On, which is a charity for mental health services in Sussex, have asked us to get involved in their Hearts of Gold campaign.
To help out, we would love you to make and decorate a heart of gold over the next two weeks and then display it in your windows over the weekend of 13th and 14th February. While you do this, it would be great if you could think about how the people you love have supported you over the past year. This might be how your parents, carers, grandparents etc. have helped you with your learning at home, how you have had special video messages from your friends and family members or any other ways people have helped you. Take a photo and send it in to your teachers.
As I make my heart of gold this week I will be thinking about all of you, whether you are working at home or at school and how proud you make me each and every day. I will also be thinking of every member of staff who have helped to ensure you all have great learning opportunities to keep you busy.
Rev Jo has also made a video about love and staying at home for the sake of those we love. I am trying to encourage people to share their for their neighbours and neighbourhood. You can see this video on our 'Worship at Home' page.
Wednesday 27th January
See the video by clicking on the Worship at home tab of the Class Pages drop down menu.
Today’s worship is a joint Worship with Miss Wells from the infant school.
We looked at the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fishes and the miracle that Jesus performed. Mr Williams asked the following questions:
Do you like to share? Do you always share? How does it make you feel when someone shares with you? How about when they don’t?
Have you ever given everything you have to someone else? This would be very generous and kind but quite unlikely!
Miss well read the story which is about a boy who gave everything he had to Jesus.
Mr Williams led the reflection looking asking the children to think about how they thought the boy felt knowing his lunch had fed all those people?
This small act of kindness and sharing resulted in Jesus feeding thousands of people.
Miss Wells closed the worship with our prayer.
We thank you for everything that we have.
Please help us to think of those less fortunate than ourselves.
Please help us to remember that nothing is too small to be shared with others.
Monday 25th January
Today in our live worship we are at Jesus’ first miracle when he turned water into wine. This miracle took place at a wedding in Cana (John 2. 1-11). There were many guests at this wedding and…. oh no they have run out of wine!! Jesus’ mother said to Jesus “They have no wine”. Jesus ordered the servants to fill 6 containers with water. When the head waiter tasted from the containers he said it was the best he had ever tasted!
This miracle was the first sign through which Jesus revealed his glory
Christians believe that when God is at work, everyday things like water can become very special. God can make ordinary things extraordinary. Though we are all ordinary people, God thinks we are wonderful and loves us very much. Christians believe that if we make time for God in our lives he will help us to change for the better, just as in the story where ordinary water was changed into the best wine.
Dear Heavenly Father
Thank you for making ordinary things very special.
Help us to look after your wonderful creation, our world.
And to treat each other with respect and dignity at all times.
Riley read our prayer and Isaac and Keira, all from Year 5, read the story from the Bible.
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.