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Worship Time

Worship Time - Weekly Summaries

 

Please see the headteacher for a full copy of the weekly Worships (the files are too large for the website as include videos etc.).  They are also recorded via Google Classroom and can be shared to families at home.  Please see examples of virtual Worships below from the St. Mary's Longfleet Children's Team which were shared with the pupils during our Christmas and Harvest celebrations.

Worship Time 21

 

We have continued to use the Parable of the Prodigal Son to guide our discussions in Worship Time this week.  We have been thinking about the importance of making ‘good’ choices.  In the parable, the younger son made some poor choices as he stumbled in his efforts to find out about life in the wider world.  However, he realised the error of his ways and chose to say sorry for his actions.  Upon his return, his father chose to forgive him so that the family was happily reunited.  We thought about how the older brother would feel about this act of fatherly forgiveness as he had stayed with the family throughout to carry out his expected duties.  In our reflections, we considered about a time when we had chosen to say sorry and a time when we had chosen to forgive someone and thought about how this had made us feel. One reflection about forgiveness from the Leopards class was, “It made us feel mature and a lot easier to move on afterwards as it no longer annoyed us too much.”

 

One of our school values is Wisdom and making the ‘right’ choice is a sign of this trait in action.  As it says in Proverbs 2:6, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”

 

Worship Time 20

 

The parable of the prodigal son has been our focus for this week’s worships. We have been reflecting upon the power of our words. A kind word at the right time can make someone feel so much better but a harsh word at the wrong time can lead to all sorts of trouble. In the story, the younger son returns home and says sorry to his father for his actions. As well as learning the importance of saying sorry for our mistakes, it is equally important we are able to accept an apology and show the art of forgiveness. It is the combination of these two actions that brings people, families and communities back together again. A prayer that we shared was: -


“We are mindful of the impact that words can have.
The potential to heal but also the power to hurt.
Let us think about what we say before we say it.
May we be quick to say sorry when we have hurt or offended someone
and, knowing that we all make mistakes, may we be prepared to forgive others.”
Amen

 

Worship Time 19

 

This week we have been thinking about the skills of waiting and being patient.  We are now in the period of Lent as we build towards the Christian festival of Easter.  Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness in preparation for his teachings and Lent is a time where Christians are encouraged to give something up as a way of replicating this sacrifice.  Have you given up anything for Lent?  In current times it is increasingly easy to order whatever we want, whenever we want – Google, Spotify, Deliveroo, Amazon etc.  Is there a danger we will lose the art of waiting?  Coincidently, on March 8th it will be forty school days since Lockdown Three was announced.  Possibly, this period has really shown us the importance of children learning and playing amongst their peers and the sense of ‘belonging’ that comes through being part of a shared community.  A feeling of hope always helps to make waiting more bearable and as it says in Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.”

 

Worship Time 18

 

On Sunday it is Valentine’s Day and in our worships this week we have been thinking about the meaning of the word ‘love’ and hearing about some Valentine’s Day traditions.  In the main worship we learnt about Saint Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned by Emperor Claudius the Cruel for sharing the Christian message of love and forgiveness whilst marrying couples in secret wedding ceremonies.  During his time in prison, he healed the jailer’s daughter of her blindness and so the guards set him free.  Claudius was unimpressed and upon recapture he ordered Valentine to be executed.  On the 14th February 269AD, Valentine left a love note for Julia just before he was killed.  He signed it, ‘Your Valentine’.  In the bible there is a very famous passage that is often used when describing love: -

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy. It does not boast; it is not proud.  It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

 

Worship Time 17

 

‘Dreams can come true’ was a big hit for Gabrielle in 1993 and this week we have continued looking at the story of Joseph.  He had a talent for interpreting dreams and through having faith in God and using his talent he overcame a number of obstacles in his life and rose to be the Governor of Egypt from the depths of having been slung into prison.  Ultimately, he also forgave the wrongdoings of his brothers and was reunited with his beloved father, Jacob.  There are a number of important messages that we can take from this famous bible story such as the power of unwavering faith, the impact of forgiveness and the tribulations that family bonds can overcome.

 

Worship Time 16

 

This week we have been looking at the story of Joseph.  We thought about how it is nice to have special things (like a new coat of many colours) and to tell our friends about it but if we keep going on and on it turns into boasting which is not very kind.  As the story progressed through the week, we reflected upon the fact that Joseph stayed positive despite all the setbacks he had such as being thrown in a well, sold as a slave and put in jail.  Our school value of ‘Aspiration’ encourages us to be positive, try our best and strive for excellence.  Joseph knew that even in the difficult times he had God on his side.  Life does have its ups and downs but through our beliefs we can build an inner resilience which helps us through the tougher moments.  As it says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

Worship Time 15

 

In our Worship Time this week we have been thinking about our talents and the fact that no matter how good we are at something naturally, it is practise that will make you better.  It is through working hard at something that we feel a real sense of achievement when we develop our skills further and overcome a difficulty to achieve a target.  We heard about the ‘Parable of the Talents’ from the Book of Matthew which helps us to understand that we need to do something with the talents we have been given in order for them to continue to grow.  We also discussed that talents are not just external skills like singing or playing sport but can also be linked to who we are as a person.  For example, we might be a talented listener or have a talent for involving class friends in playground games.  A community needs a variety of talents to be successful.  As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:17-19, “If the whole body were just an eye, how could it hear? And if it were only an ear, how could it smell? As it is, however, God put every different part in the body just as he wanted it to be. There would not be a body if it were all only one part!”  Fortunately, at Longfleet we have lots of different people all using their talents to create a harmonious community spirit.

 

Worship Time - Christmas

 

As a school we came together virtually to tell the story of Jesus' birth.  Please settle down with a cup of tea and a mince pie to enjoy it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SKkIWMr7Og

 

Worship Time 14

 

Our main worship this week was led virtually by the Children’s Team from St. Mary’s Longfleet.  They shared the meaning of Advent and showed to the children what the four corner candles on an Advent Wreath represent in the build up to Christmas.

 

  • Hope (and the Patriarchs)
  • Peace (and the Prophets)
  • Love (John the Baptist)
  • Joy (Mary)

 

The fifth candle, often in the centre and lit on Christmas Day, represents the birth of Jesus and the hope, peace, love and joy he brings into the world. 

 

Worship Time 13

 

This week we have been continuing to focus on the period of Advent and watched a short clip about Jesus’ family tree which can be traced backwards to include Abraham, Jacob and David.  We also learnt about Elizabeth who gave birth to John (the Baptist).  Hopefully, by reflecting upon the wider story of Jesus’ birth it will help us to remember that Christmas is a time for thinking of others as well as enjoying all of the gifts and food.  This was exemplified by the Sparrowhawks’ pupils who produced some lovely Christmas Cards for a local care home following a request from the Asda Community Team and Y1 who sent some cheerful cards to the Eagles Mount Care Home on Birds Hill Road.

 

Worship Time 12

 

Our main worship this week was led virtually by the Children’s Team from St. Mary’s Longfleet.  They shared the meaning of Advent and showed to the children what the four corner candles on an Advent Wreath represent in the build up to Christmas.

 

  • Hope (and the Patriarchs)
  • Peace (and the Prophets)
  • Love (John the Baptist)
  • Joy (Mary)

 

The fifth candle, often in the centre and lit on Christmas Day, represents the birth of Jesus and the hope, peace, love and joy he brings into the world.

 

Worship Time 11

 

The concept of sacrifice has underpinned our Worship Time this week.  We started by hearing about the artist Albrecht Durer who sketched the famous picture ‘Praying Hands’ in 1508.  The family could only afford for one child to go to Art School at a time so Albrecht’s younger brother, Albert, was sent to work down the mines to help with the costs.  The plan had been for Albert to follow in his brother’s footsteps once Albrecht had started to earn money as an artist.  However, the hard nature of the work in the mine meant that Albert’s hands could no longer hold a paintbrush.  There is a thought from some people that the ‘Praying Hands’ were painted as a reminder of the sacrifice that Albert made for his brother.  In class, the children reflected upon what sacrifices they have made for others e.g. missing part of playtime to help out a friend who has fallen over. Also, what sacrifices people have made for them e.g. volunteer coaches giving up their weekend time to run sports teams.  In the Book of Hebrews 13:16 it says, “Do not neglect to go and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”  In recent months we have all had to make sacrifices for the general health of the wider community and the good news about the vaccine this week should hopefully mean 2021 is a year to feel cautiously optimistic about.

 

Worship Time 10

 

In our Worship sessions this week we have been looking at rules and instructions.  We discussed how the Bible could be called the Holy Way Code (a bit like the Highway Code) as it can be used to help us to understand God’s rules.  Underpinning our Longfleet school rules is the simple concept of ‘Being Kind’.  In the Bible, Jesus tells us that there are two simple or golden rules to follow: -

 

  1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.
  2. Love your neighbour as you love yourself.

 

There are times in life when following the ‘rules’ requires a degree of resilience but we reflected upon the fact that these instructions help us to live together safely.

 

Worship Time 9

 

Let all that you do be done in love.(1 Corinthians 16:14)

 

This week’s Worship Times were centred on the fact that it is Anti-Bullying Week.  The theme this year was ‘United Against Bullying’.  On the policies page of the school website there are three policies which outline the school’s and Trust’s approach to behaviour and bullying: -

Longfleet’s Behaviour System:

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/longfleetprimaryschoolpoole/UploadedDocument/efeb6e6cc19346c98cf38782c1ac918e/behaviour-system.pdf

 

Partnership wide policy for behaviour principles, reasonable force and exclusions:

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/longfleetprimaryschoolpoole/UploadedDocument/133d76977a07472d9f4b5906831feb8d/clp-policy-for-behaviour-principles-reasonable-force-and-exclusions.pdf

 

Anti-Bullying Policy:

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/longfleetprimaryschoolpoole/UploadedDocument/d350c151996e416392c77734b568de77/antibullying-policy-2020-21.pdf

 

Worship Time 8

 

This week we have been looking at values.  We have discussed what values matter to us as individuals, thought about the school values that unite us a community and learnt about the defined British values that help us to live together as a harmonious society.  These British values are: -

  • Mutual respect including tolerance towards those of different faiths, cultures and beliefs
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty

Obviously, these are very ‘big’ concepts and so we have initially been thinking about how and where we can show these British values within school.  As it says in Matthew 7:2, “So in everything you do, do for others what you want them to do for you.”

 

Worship Time 7

 

This week we had the pleasure of the Children’s Team from St. Mary’s Longfleet Church lead our Harvest Worship.  To quote one member of staff, “I watched it with a Year 1 class and they were utterly transfixed. There was so much time and thought put into it and the mixture of storytelling, information, interaction and prayer was perfect. It was very professionally edited too. Thank you to everyone involved.”  The worship is available to view in each of Google Classrooms.  Thank you to everyone who donated food items to the Poole Food Bank.  Our Y6 Captains’ Council members delivered the produce to their central hub.  As it says in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

 

Worship Time 6

 

In our Worship Times this week we have been thinking about Britain and the fact that one of the reasons we are ‘Great’ is because we are a multicultural society.  We discussed that living within the four countries of the United Kingdom there are a mix of people who have different religious and cultural traditions.  It is also the same within our school.  We reflected upon how we should take the time to talk to each other to find out more about what makes us who we are as individuals.  We shared the following prayer: -

Dear God,

We are thankful for all the nations of the world.

We are thankful that we live in a nation where we have the opportunity to mix and experience other cultures daily.

May we all work together, to celebrate our differences, but more importantly, focus on what unites us.

Amen

 

Worship Time 5

 

This week in our Worship Time we have been thinking about the power of speech and that our voices can be a force for good (but also for unkindness).  This point is emphasised in the Book of James (3:4-5) where it says, “Although ships are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder.  Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body but it has great power.”  As October is Black History Month, our minds are drawn to the famous Martin Luther King speech where he used his voice to appeal for a fairer and more equitable society for all people regardless of the colour of their skin.  In school this week we have heard some fabulous speeches from selected pupils in Y2, Y4 and Y6 as they have attempted to win the vote to be a House Captain.  Congratulations to all the pupils that spoke as they showed they had an aspirational attitude, a sense of resilience and a great degree of wisdom.

 

Worship Time 4

 

This week in our Worship Time we have been focussing on not judging people by the way they look.  We used two bananas as examples because of the huge amount of wastage there is when a piece of fruit does not conform to a ‘standardised’ image.  The story of King Saul, David and Goliath is a biblical example of where it is a mistake to judge someone on their appearance.  As it says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.  People often judge by outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

Worship Time 3

This week in our Worship Time we have been focussing on being welcoming to others.  We have learnt about different ‘welcomes’ around the world and heard about how Jesus was welcoming towards a man who was deaf and mute (Mark 7:31-35).  One of the prayers we shared was: -

Dear God,

We are thankful for warm welcomes.

We are grateful for people who take the time to show us care and concern, who give us attention and thoughtfulness especially at times when we feel awkward and lonely.

May we be caring and concerned when new people start our school, help us make them feel welcome and to understand how they might be feeling.

Amen

 

Worship Time 2

This week we have been thinking about accepting others for who they are and not making a judgement about someone if they look or do things differently to ourselves.  We talked about the example that Jesus gave of a man who notices a speck of dust in his brother’s eye while failing to see the plank of wood in his own (Matthew 7:3).  One of the prayers we shared was: -

Dear God,

As we grow and develop, may we become who we are really meant to be.

May we also remember to accept others and help them to become who they are meant to be too.

Amen

Worship Time 1

In our worships this week we have been thinking about some of the tallest buildings in the world through history eg. The Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Empire State Building, the Burj Khalifa and the fact that they all need strong foundations.  In Matthew 7 it tells us about the time Jesus delivered his 'Sermon on the Mount' where he told his followers the parable of the wise man who built his house upon a rock.  We discussed that following good advice gives us a firm foundation to build our lives upon and if we follow God's word our 'house' won't fall down when their are darker days.

 

Worship Time (during Covid)

 

Monday = Whole School Virtual Worship

Tuesday-Thursday = Class Worship

Friday = Whole School Celebration Worship

Worship Time (pre-Covid)

 

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

KS2

Monday – KS2 Collective Worship

Tuesday – Class Worship

Wednesday – St Mary’s Longfleet Collective Worship

Thursday – Class Worship

Friday – KS2 Celebration Worship 
 
KS1/EYFS

Monday – Class Worship

Tuesday – KS1/EYFS Collective Worship

Wednesday – Class Worship

Thursday – Hymn Worship

Friday – KS1/EYFS Celebration Worship 
 
Each half-term KS2 and KS1/EYFS swap the St Mary’s Longfleet and the Hymn Worships 

Worship Themes

Across the six half-terms within the school year we focus on:-

Wisdom (school value)

Resilience (school value)

Aspiration (school value)

Kindness (school value)

Making a difference (social action)

Life in all its Fullness (including our Whole School ‘Life in all its Fullness’ School Vision worship at St. Mary’s Longfleet)
 
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. 
 
SML Team Worship focusses on:-

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

The Importance of Prayer

The Holy Trinity

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