Autumn 2- Peace
Definition: Peace is God’s intention for the whole of creation. The Hebrew term for peace, ‘shalom’, has a deep and complex meaning, encompassing much more than simply the absence of hostility or war.
In Jesus’ message, peace is an almost tangible element. It is his gift to his disciples. Paul describes God as the God of peace, the Christian message is called the ’gospel of peace’ and peace is one of the ‘fruits of the Spirit’. Jesus told us not to worry or be concerned about material things for God knows our needs.
Jesus blesses those who are ‘peacemakers’ and calls them ‘sons of God’.
In school we will be thinking about peace- how we can come to God/ Jesus for peace when we need it, what being at peace means and how we can work together to have peace in our school, families and friendships.
Autumn 1 - Justice
Summer 2- Compassion
Christians believe the Bible teaches that God is a God of compassion. God feels the suffering of people. God’s compassion is expressed in his mercy, his kindness, patience, grace, forgiveness and love’. Many Christians believe they are called to be a compassionate people.
“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries” Prince
The Hebrew word for compassion is taken from the root word rechem, which means ‘womb’ and a similar word in Greek splagchnizomai (the inward parts, i.e. guts!). When Jesus was ‘moved with compassion’, it speaks of this kind of gut-wrenching feeling, a feeling that demands an active response.
Compassion is about suffering (the meaning of ‘passion’) with others – when others feel pain, we come alongside them. We feel their pain and do what we can together to alleviate it. Compassion means you want to help – and you do help.
‘When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick’ Matthew 14 v 14
This half term we will be thinking about 'compassion' and how we can put our faith into action by helping those around us.
Summer 1 - Thankfulness
This half term we will be exploring the Christian value of Thankfulness during worship. What can we be thankful for? What does the Bible say about thankfulness?
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Spring 2 Christian Value- Forgiveness
This half term in worship we will be focussing on ' Forgiveness' in whole school and class worship times. Please can the children bring in something to their class worship on Weds 1st March which links to this value- this could be a photo, newspaper article, piece of art or an object. They will be sharing these with their class.
Spring 1 2023- Christian Value- Love
This half we will be finding out more about 'Love' in our Collective Worship and class Worship times.
Autumn 2 2022- Joy in serving others
This half term are Christian value is Joy- how we can find joy in serving others. This will link to Inter faith week which begins on 14th Nov. Our theme for this year is :
Theme: "We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us." Jo Cox
How do all religions put their faith into action by serving and helping others?
Across the week all year groups will be taking part in a variety of activities.
What does the Bible say about serving others?
"Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices."
35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Serving God is one of the most important principles of the Christian faith, as believers are expected to help the church with a joyful spirit. “Love one another.” “Care for one another.” “Pray for one another.” “Encourage one another.” “Help one another.” “Counsel one another.” “Support one another.”
Autumn 1 2022- Hope
How is your hope? Does it bounce back after being hit? Does it cause you to doubt when you lose hope in a situation? God knows that we all struggle with finding and holding onto hope. When you are facing tests of faith, even the strongest Christians can find it a challenge to find hope.
Everyone needs to be reminded from time to time of the hope that God, Jesus, and the Bible offer to us in our daily lives.
A Prayer for Hope: Lord, I maintain my hope in You and I hold onto the assurance that what I am praying for is already accomplished in the name of Jesus. Your Word promises “no good thing does He withhold from those that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). I wait upon You for Your definition of the “good thing” You will not withhold from me. As David prayed in Psalm 18:1: “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
This half term we are focusing on the value of 'Hope' in our worship times.