Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

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Autumn 2022

Our collective worship series this term has lots of different parts.  Can you spot the connections and link them all together?

Monday – Love is…….

Tuesday – Instrument of the week.  Love is reflection time and prayer

Wednesday – Doris and Dora!  A love letter from God

Thursday – Celebrating our weeks achievements

Friday – Class collective worship – bringing it all together.

 

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 record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,  always hopes, always perseveres.

 1 Corinthans 13

Love is…… Eternal

We talked about love within families.  Everyone’s family is different and everyone’s family is special.  We talked about understanding and celebrating all our different families and being respectful of each other.  Here are some of our ideas.

“Some families have mums and dads who live in different houses”

“Some people don’t know their dad or their mum”

“Some people’s family who love them is not their biological mum or dad”

“Some families live far apart – my uncle and cousins live in Canada and we don’t see them much….or at all”

“Some people have lots of grandparents”

“Some people might have two daddies or 2 mummies”

“Some times people are married and sometimes not.”

We talked about how God’s love is “Eternal” it goes on forever.  We worked together to write a prayer….

Dear God

Your love is like the planets, it goes on forever and ever.

Your love is like our school.  There have been children before us and children will come after us and you love us all.

Your love is like time, it never ceases.

Your love is like numbers, is goes on for eternity.

Your love is like diamonds; shiny and impossible to break.

Your love is like space; infinite.

Your love is like the ocean, we cannot see the other side.

Help us to share your love with each other.

Amen

 

    

 

Love is….. Patient

A letter from God….

My dear Child,

 It’s a funny thing waiting.  Being patient is hard when life goes fast and you don’t want to miss anything.  Sometimes you just can’t wait.  You want to grow up, get older, do things.  Rushing from one experience to the next like an ant in a hurry.  Things have got to be done.  “What’s next?” you always say.  “What can I do now?”  Impatient and unsatisfied you live your life at 100 miles an hour, always wanting it now if not sooner.  Always wanting more.  The next exciting thing . . .    My dear child when will you ever stop and take time out?  When will you ever wait and savour?  I want to give you so much my child, if only you are prepared to wait, if only you can be patient like a spider sewing its web.  For there is strength in stillness and all things come to those who wait . . .

 But it’s so difficult to be patient my child.  I know what it’s like to wait.  I have waited patiently for you.

 My dear child it’s a funny thing waiting.  Being patient is hard when life goes fast and you don’t want to miss anything.  But stop.  Be still in the hurley burley of your day.  For I am standing at the door to your life and I am knocking.  Can you hear my knock?  Listen in the stillness of your heart.  For I am there waiting patiently for you to open the door and let me in . . . I have been waiting for you to respond to my love for a long time.  But Love is patient . . .

Waiting and longing , God x x x

Love is ……. Kind

In collective worship Miss Larter helped us think of practical things we could do to be kind to each other in school.  We had a list in our classrooms to remind us! 

A letter from God……

My Dear child

My dear child it’s a funny thing being kind.  Often its like an orchard in a desert.  Something you have to cultivate, work at, dig deep to let it grow fruit for others to eat.  Kindness is hard fought but worth it my dear child, for if you give kindness you will in turn receive kindness.  You see, you get what you give.

And what you do for others you also do for me, who have everything for you . . . for love is kind and love I have for you . . .

With kind regards, God x x x

Love is….. not Jealous

Mrs Eland helped us think about what it feels like to be jealous.  We talked about the parable that Jesus told about the workers who were all paid the same at the end of the day.  We thought about how we can celebrate and be pleased for other people and be satisfied with what we have…….

A letter from God.

You see there is no need to be jealous if you could only see yourself as I see you.  You are special.  You are unique and it pains me to see you blinded by jealousy.  For love is not jealous.  Be happy for others’ success, celebrate their talents.  Be happy they are they and you are you!

Jealous for your love

God xxx