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Worship Time

The Prayer sung by Year 4

Worship Time - Weekly Summaries 2021-22

 

Below you will find a summary of the Worship Time for that week.  Please see the headteacher for a full copy of the weekly Worships (the files are too large for the website as include videos etc.).  The video Worships underneath the summaries are from the St. Mary's Longfleet Children's Team who supported the school fabulously during the various Covid lockdowns.

Worship Time 12

 

Our theme for this half-term is ‘Learning from Nature’ and this week we thought about the effort that a butterfly has to go through to break out of its chrysalis.  Through this effort, the butterfly strengthens its wings and is therefore able to fly once it is free.  We took two lessons from this point.  Firstly, it is a good thing to have to grapple with a problem because it helps build either, or both, mental and physical resilience for the future.  Secondly, we discussed that if someone had broken the chrysalis for the butterfly it would not have developed its own wing strength enough.  Therefore, we thought about the fact that it is better to help someone solve a problem for themselves rather than just doing it for them (e.g. tying shoelaces) so that in the future they can be more independent.  To further understand that building resilience is a something positive to work upon, we looked at a Bible verse from the Book of James (1:1-2), “Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because it produces perseverance.”  To quote a line from a Miley Cyrus song, “Life’s a climb, but the view is great.”

 

Christmas Worships

This week in our worships we have shared with the local community a variety of services and nativities linked to the celebration of Christmas (please read Newsletter 2 for articles and photos of the services (Newsletter 2). Comments from parents and grandparents included:-

- "I sincerely wanted to thank you for a wonderful service at SML yesterday.  This year has been extremely difficult for a lot of people and there is an incredible amount of uncertainty at present with the pandemic.  I was so proud and grateful to have experienced that little bit of magic and I think above all, it gave me hope that our beautiful children can still be part of something truly special.  This will stay with me forever."

- "I'm writing to say thank you for the most beautiful service this morning.  The atmosphere in the church was truly magical and I felt emotional from the moment I walked in.  It was very special.  I felt so proud to be a part of the Longfleet community."

 

Worship Time 11

 

This week in our worships we have continued to look at the Christmas story with a particular focus on the journey that Joseph and Mary took from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  A census had been called by Emperor Augustus and therefore everyone had to return to their ancestral town.  The ninety mile walk took approximately five days to complete.  In our worships we talked about the word ‘anticipation’ and discussed how our emotions change in scenarios such as going on a long car journey or waiting in line for a turn on a fairground ride.  We thought about how Mary would have felt during her long trip, particularly when she arrived in Bethlehem to find that Joseph had not booked a room!  One imagines that during the adventure, Mary will have had to show a lot of resilience and a ‘bouncebackability’ attitude.  This is one of our core school values and when life challenges us the most, having a strong faith can be of huge support.  As it says in the Book of Micah (7:8), “When I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”

 

Worship Time 10

 

We have focussed our attention this week on the start of Advent which is the period where Christians prepare themselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.  We imagine a number of the children will be enjoying the daily routine of opening the next window on their Advent calendars.  Windows in buildings enable the outside light to enter and Jesus’ arrival is referred to in the Bible (John 1:9) as, “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”  Advent wreaths can be found in most churches at this time of year with the four candles representing hope, peace, love and joy surrounding a central light to celebrate Jesus.  In our Class Worship this week, we watched a video made by St. Mary’s Longfleet Church which talked about the purpose of the Advent wreath 

 

Worship Time 9

 

We have focussed our energies on the theme of kindness this week. In our worships we have been thinking about how we can be kind to those around us including people we might not necessarily usually talk to. Each class has produced a Kindness Charter to share ideas of how they can be kind to their class peers. Some children spent time at the Poole Food Bank helping to organise the donated goods into the correct areas whilst another group delivered a gift to Mr Hedges the Lollipop Man to thank him for his hard work in keeping us safe. Random acts of kindness have been taking place around the school, including the office team being given a lovely bunch of flowers. Kindness is one of our core values and around our kindness badge we have a verse from the Book of Proverbs (3:3), “Do not kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”

 

Worship Time 8

 

Our worships this week have focussed on the theme of remembrance.  We learnt about the origins of John McCrae’s famous ‘In Flanders Field’ poem and held a two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th.  The Captains’ Council walked down to the Poole Park War Memorial to commemorate the ex-pupils of the school who died or were injured whilst serving in the armed forces. From the Bible, we looked at the story of Jesus calming the storm (Matthew 8:23–27, Mark 4:35–41, and Luke 8:22–25) and discussed that trusting our faith is one method of getting through a difficult time in our lives.  We shared the following Bible verse (Romans 12:18), “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live in peace with everyone.”

 

Worship Time 7

 

In KS2 this week we have launched the Accelerated Reader competition between the classes.  To celebrate our love of books, we have spent time in our worship sessions reminding ourselves of the special nature of the Bible.  We have thought about which Bible stories are our favourites and what we can learn from them to apply to our lives today.  The children held their own Bible quiz to see who in the class had the most knowledge.  Here are some of the questions:-

 

  • What is the symbol of God's promise to Noah?
  • What was the name of the Sea where Jesus calmed a storm?
  • People look on the outward appearance, but what does God look on?
  • Who received the Ten Commandments from God?

 

As it says in Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”  So if you are unsure of one of the answers above, perhaps have a look in a Bible.

 

Worship Time 6

 

We enjoyed visiting the church for our Harvest services this week where the children led the worships through their readings, prayers and singing.  The Reception children shared a short worship in the school hall with their family members.  We also heard about how our food donations are organised and distributed by the Poole Foodbank. In our class worships, the children learnt about the story of The Feeding of the Five Thousand and discussed which of our school values Jesus had demonstrated in the sharing of the loaves and the fishes.  Being generous towards others (through donating goods, time, knowledge, friendship) is a key Christian trait that provides joy to the both the giver and the receiver.  As it says in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

 

Harvest

It was a delight to hold our Harvest services at St Mary's Longfleet this week.  Visiting the church is always a special occasion and the children from Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 led lovely worships which included hymns, readings, prayers plus a video from Poole Foodbank which explained how the children's food donations would be processed and shared.  Our Reception children joined in with a worship in the school hall and sang enthusiastically alongside their parents.  One member of the school community wrote to the school following the YR Harvest Worship, "Thank you to you and all the team for the fantastic Harvest Worship this morning.  It was lovely to see how you explained how they were going to help with the worship by saying their responses and giving them a chance to have a quiet practise before they said it 'for real'.  I've been hearing snippets of songs for a while and this morning my two granddaughters walked ti school singing their Harvest songs!"

 

 

Worship Time 5

 

This week we have looked at the story of Jesus healing a man with leprosy.  This follows on from the theme of not judging people by what they look like but from what they show in their heart.  We went on to discuss about what we could do if we saw someone who had been ‘left out’ by others and would we be resilient enough to help them even if our friends had walked on by.  As it says in Exodus 23, “Do not follow the crowd when they do wrong . . . . if you happen to see your enemy’s donkey running loose, take it back to him.  If his donkey has fallen under its load, help him get the donkey to its feet again; don’t just walk off.”

 

Worship Time 4

 

This week has seen our Captains’ Council ballot take place as the pupils vote for who they would like to represent their house from Y2, Y4 and Y6.  In our Worship Time we reminded ourselves of the British Values of: -

 

  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Democracy

 

We used the example of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech to demonstrate the power of our voice in being able to make a positive difference.  From the quality of the prospective Captains’ Councillors’ speeches, it would appear we have a few budding orators across the school.  We encouraged the children to cast their votes accordingly after hearing the messages from the candidates.  As it says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.  People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

Worship Time 3

 

Mr Heawood’s ‘wonky’ trolley was a star feature of this week’s main worship.  Out of the four wheels, one was missing and one did not roll.  We discussed that this made it harder for Mr Heawood to help keep the school tidy.  As we have four school values (God’s blessings), we chatted about what it would be like if we did not have any of a particular value within us.  For example, what would it be like if we were full of resilience, aspiration and wisdom but had no kindness? Or, what if we had lots of kindness, wisdom and aspiration but gave up as soon as things got challenging?  Throughout the week, in our follow up worships, the children have thought about which value they might need to ‘top’ themselves up with and who they could ask for help in doing so.  We discussed that through talking to God in our prayers, we could ask for his guidance in helping us to keep the ‘level of our values’ balanced within us so that we do not go off on a ‘wonky’ course!  As it says in Matthew 7:7 in relation to talking to God, “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”

 

Worship Time 2

 

This week we have continued to unpick the meaning of our school vision, “Life in all its fullness” from the Book of John.  We talked about the idea of having a plentiful amount of God’s blessings (for example our school values of Aspiration, Resilience, Kindness and Wisdom) within us and then the importance of using these blessings to make a difference.  We used the story of the Good Samaritan, as an example from the bible, to demonstrate this concept in action.  In our Monday Worship, some of the children bravely volunteered to use their artistic skills to draw a picture of the school values within us such as a kind heart, hands and voice, a wise brain, showing resilience by standing on our own two feet and using the aspiration that flows around our bodies.

 

Worship Time 1

 

This week we have enjoyed being together again in the school hall for our Monday Main Worship and our midweek Singing Worship.  We have been focussing on developing a deeper understanding of our school vision, “Life in all its fullness” which comes from John 10:10.  On our school website - https://www.longfleet.poole.sch.uk/vision-and-values/ - Mark Hay from SML Church has produced a video recording to explain to parents the theological foundation of our school vision.  In our Worship Time we thought about building up a plentiful amount of God’s blessings (such as kindness, resilience, aspiration and wisdom – our school values) within us so that we can then make a difference to those in need by sharing the extra blessings we have available.  If we do this, we are living a plentiful and purposeful life – a life in all its fullness.

 

Worship Time

 

Organisation of Collective Worship at Longfleet (CE) Primary School:

KS2

Monday – KS2 Collective Worship

Tuesday – Class Worship

Wednesday – Hymn Worship or St Mary’s Longfleet Collective Worship

Thursday – Class Worship

Friday –Whole School Celebration Worship 
 
KS1/EYFS

Monday – KS1 Collective Worship

Tuesday – Hymn Worship or St Mary's Collective Worship

Wednesday – Class Worship

Thursday – Class Worship

Friday – Whole School Celebration Worship
 

Worship Themes

Within our worships we look at how we can use the plentiful supply of our school values (Aspiration, Kindness, Resilience and Wisdom) to make a difference to the communities we are part of.  So far this year our themes have been:-

 

AT1 = Making a difference (social action) and 'Life in all its fullness' (including our 'Life in all its Fullness' Service at SML)

AT2 = Signs and Symbols

SpT1 = Learning from Nature
 
We also cover the traditional Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter including services at SML.  Harvest is celebrated at SML Church including a collection for the Poole Food Bank.  Times of national commemoration are also covered e.g. Remembrance Day as well as relevant 'national weeks' e.g. Anti-Bullying, Children's Mental Health.
 

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