Over the last couple of years we have focused on ‘God’s Big Story’. This has led to us unpicking the Bible in a year and giving children an overview of God’s Big Story. This year our worship will take a slightly different form.
The Church of England, in 2016, published their vision for education ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’. Integral to this vision are four elements: wisdom, hope, community and dignity. This year we will therefore focus on the person and ministry of Jesus and will consider how he himself embodies the values of wisdom, hope, community, dignity as well as joy and peace. We will aim to answer some big questions:
Who was Jesus?
Why was Jesus sent?
What did he say and teach?
What was God’s big plan?
What miracles did Jesus perform?
The general pattern for worship will be as follows:
Mr Peers will lead worship focusing on Jesus and his ministry. We will continue to place this within the context of the ‘big story’ and God’s salvation plan.
Over the course of the academic year we will focus on:
The Words of Jesus (Autumn 1st half) (Gospels)
God’s Big Plan (Autumn 2nd half) (creation, fall, people of God, incarnation)
Who was Jesus? (Spring 1st half) (incarnation, Gospels)
People Jesus met (Spring 2nd half) (Gospels, salvation)
Jesus’ teachings (Summer 1st half) (Gospels)
Jesus’ miracles (Summer 2nd half) (Gospels, kingdom of God)
Our work will continue to link to God’s Big Story…
Creation (God created the heavens and the earth and everything was good),
Fall (humankind spoilt creation and broke the relationship with God - humans became in need of rescue)
People of God (in the Old Testament God tries to restore his relationship with people – choosing particular people to work with him. He spoke through the words of the prophets, but the people did not listen and were awaiting the Messiah),
Incarnation (The arrival of the Messiah, the Saviour, to rescue the people from the results of the fall and restore their relationship with God. Jesus, the Son of God, who came to live among us).
Gospels (Jesus’ good news for everyone. His life, ministry and teaching, showing people what it means to live in relationship with God who is their father, and loves them).
Salvation (The death and resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate rescue plan. God’s people are saved because, through Jesus, sin is dealt with and forgiveness offered. People can now choose to follow the way back to God).
Kingdom of God (God’s kingdom is the world as God intended it to be. Christians look forward to the day when God’s kingdom fully comes and earth and heaven are transformed. Until that time they strive to build the kingdom in their communities, empowered by the Holy Spirit and reflecting Jesus’ example in the world).
The values wisdom, hope, community, dignity, joy and peace are determined by the Bible text and therefore throughout each half term we will explore a mixture of these values.
Mrs Rayner will lead worship on a Tuesday which will explore the following additional values:
Autumn first half term: Thankfulness (including harvest)
Autumn second half term: Friendship (including Advent)
Spring first half term: Truthfulness
Spring second half term: Hope (including Easter)
Summer first half term: Compassion
Summer second half term: Humility
Wednesday (Class Worship):
Wednesday worship will follow the same format as for Tuesday. Teachers may build upon the values discussed on Tuesday (follow on activities are provided for both key stage 1 and 2). Alternatively, they may use Picture News materials which help to develop children's understanding of British Values and provide a starting point to consider current issues in our community, country and world - these will be considered within a Christian context.
Clergy Led Worship – Thursday:
Reverend John will lead a short service via zoom each Thursday morning at 9.30am until he can resume visiting school (or we can visit Church). This worship will centre around the Revised Common Lectionary.
Friday – Celebration Praise:
This will be a celebration of our class learning, achievements and an opportunity to give thanks to God for our wonderful gifts and talents. This will be hosted by Mr Peers and/or Mrs Rayner. Children are encouraged to bring any certificates of achievement into school for us to share in their successes.
Our worship materials link with the Blackburn Diocesan RE scheme of work and also Understanding Christianity materials (prepared by the Church of England Education Office).
Additionally, we shall occasionally learn about different 'people of faith' which highlights faith in action and demonstrates how Christian values are 'lived out'.
Here are some ideas, based on the Christian Value we are discussing in school this half term, of activities and things to discuss and reflect upon.