The Collective Worship Crew
Pupils who help to support the delivery of acts of worship are known in our school as ‘The Collective Worship Crew’. These pupils help to set up the worship hall by creating a calm environment and they choose hymns, select or write prayers. Towards the end of the half term they then plan, write and deliver their own act of worship as a group to the whole school.
Our most recent Collective Worship Crew presented their service with the theme of ‘Perseverance’. They asked to pupils to define the word and they gave different ways of experiencing it in everyday life through an acrostic poem. They told the story of Walt Disney and his journey to success and made links with stories in the Bible. They finished with a video story about perseverance which the pupils had made and the pupils contributing their own examples of when they have had to persevere.
Here are the pupils’ comments:
“It made me think that I should always persevere with anything that comes.”
“I liked the video showing them trying to build a tower and it kept falling down.”
“As I came out I felt excited for the future because I am always going to persevere.”
“The video taught me that however long it takes, don’t give up.”
“Perseverance is an important Christian Value because you should always be doing it and try and try again.”
“It made me want to persevere with riding my bike.”
“I know that people enjoyed it because children were listening and laughing.”
“Lots of people put their hands up to answer the questions.”
Harvest in St. Lawrence Church
The focus for the harvest service was sharing what we have got with others. Each class had their own role to play, with Amethyst telling the story of the Little Red Hen and Sapphire talking about the importance of bread. Emerald presented the work of Food Banks and illustrated this with the story of Elijah, and Topaz ended the service with their messages of thanks for the foods we harvest and share. Beautiful songs linked the service together and the choir excelled themselves with 'Harvest Moon.' To emphasise the theme of sharing the pupils, their parents, special volunteers and governors worked together to make some soup from donated vegetables as part of the 'Big Soup Share.' Everyone enjoyed a cup of soup and roll of bread and there was even some left over for people to take away. The Chesterfield Food Bank also collected over 35 kg of food to distribute, from generous donations from parents. Thank you to everyone for your support in making this a successful service with the care of others at the heart of it all.
Sapphire opened their worship with the song 'Build up'. A great introduction to the theme of 'Perseverance'. They used St.Paul's verse about life being like a race to illustrate the importance of working hard at something to achieve a desired goal.The pupils researched the struggles of well known high achieving athletes, emphasising that not everyone has immediate success. Some pupils described their own experiences of persevering and the service closed with this prayer.
Thank you that you promise to always be by our side every day.
Please help me to persevere when I am stuck and feel like giving up.
Help me to keep my eyes fixed on you, so that I can follow your example and help and guide anyone who might need my help.
Amethyst Class in Church
Service was the theme of today's worship in St. Lawrence Church for our families. The pupils from Amethyst class prepared a service to explain the meaning of this important Christian value in their own lives. They chose to retell the story of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples to illustrate how important it is to put others before ourselves, and to encourage us all to follow His example. The worship closed with a prayer written by the children and the song 'I can make a difference.'
A short time ago, some of our Y6 pupils informed the school about International Toilet Day and a charity called Toilet Twinning, whose aim is to provide a basic toilet, access to clean water and to teach hygiene in countries where there is a lack of safe facilities.
We are delighted to announce that the children have raised enough money to fund 2 toilets through Children in Need and our Enterprise afternoon. We have received our certificates, complete with colour photos of the toilets, and the GPS coordinates, so we can look up our twin’s location on Google Maps.
What a fantastic achievement to be able to help so many people in this way.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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