At Southborough Church of England Primary School our vision and values weave through our Collective Worship provision throughout the year.
Jesus the Light of the World is here.
Lord Jesus shine upon us.
Our value this term is 'Peace'. In the Bible reading from Luke 8: 22-25, we hear how Jesus calmed a storm.
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
We need to have trust and belief that peace is possible in our world today.
Over the next three weeks we are going to continue to look at Jesus’ life and teaching in the gospels. This week we focus on how Jesus taught about embracing difference and helping everyone to belong by looking at the story of the Good Samaritan.
Please watch Mrs. Brian's video to find out about the theme for this week.
I wonder if some of you can remember this from Singing Worship? I hope you enjoy it as much as we did then.
I wonder if there are people like the traveller in the Good Samaritan who need our help today?
Watch Rev. Dave's video to find out more.
Here is a song following the theme today.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
I wonder what to do if I see problems that are so big I can’t help?
There are lots of charities that are there to help, so by helping them you can help others. Just taking the time to ask about it shows you care and are wanting others to belong.
I wonder if doing a small thing to help someone still count?
Why don't you watch this song which helps us with this question.
All those small things make a big difference. People feel loved and wanted when you show kindness towards them. That is why Jesus told the story. We can all be the Good Samaritan and we can all be helped by a Good Samaritan too
Do I belong, too?
Yes! The story of the Good Samaritan reminds us that we all have neighbours, and that we are all worthy of care and love.
Draw the outline of a person. How many ways of being compassionate can you add over the course of today?
You could use this prayer
My heart was made for love (place hands over heart)
My words speak with compassion (touch lips with your finger)
My eyes see a chance for me to make a difference to someone. (shape your fingers like glasses around your eyes)
So everyone knows they belong and no one feels alone. (hug hands together)
What does this look like in my Global Community?
Please watch Rev. Rachel's video which asks us to consider who is our neighbour and how we can help those who are refugees.
You might want to listen to this song which is a modern(ish) version of the Biblical Psalm 137:1-4, a hymn expressing the sadness of the Jewish people in exile following the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in 586 BC.
Prize motivation: "for his humanitarian efforts to help wounded soldiers and create international understanding."
Role: Founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
In 1859, a battle was raging at the town of Solferino in Northern Italy. There the Swiss businessman Henry Dunant saw thousands of Italian, French and Austrian soldiers killing and maiming each other. On his own initiative, he organized aid work. Later he wrote the book A Memory of Solferino, which contained a plan: all countries should form associations to help the sick and wounded on the battlefield - whichever side they belonged to.
The result was the establishment of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863, and the adoption of the Geneva Convention in the following year. It laid down that all wounded soldiers in a land war should be treated as friends. Medical personnel would be protected by the red cross in a white field.
For Dunant personally, financial difficulties led to poverty and loss of social respect. But the organization he had created grew, and the underlying ideas won gradual acceptance. It pleased the ageing Dunant that the Norwegian Nobel Committee rewarded his life's work with the Nobel Peace Prize.
This famous song was reissued last year by Canadian artists to raise money for the Red Cross.