Thought for the week
Fruits of the Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against these things there is no law”
This term our collective worship is based around the fruits of the spirit. Each week we will be learning about a spiritual fruit. We are thinking about more uncomfortable feelings, how these can make us act and how we can deal with them. We will also have a edible fruit to contemplate; see if you can make the link between the edible fruit and the spiritual one. We are taking inspiration from a 10th Century Japanese princess called Sei Shonagon who wrote lists for all kinds of aspects of life. We will be writing our own lists – they become almost a kind of poetry.
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Week 1 “Fruit salad”
This week we have been thinking about how all our gifts go together to make our class and our school. We have also been looking for the Fruits of the Spirit in our school Code of conduct. Owls class created some fantastic playground graffiti to remind us!
Week 2 “Love”
This week our Friut of the Spirit has been Love. In our collective worship time on Monday we thought about what God’s love looks like and how we can know what God’s love is like. We talked about seeing God’s love in his creation and how we talk about God’s love being like the way our parents love and care for us. We thought about how God showed his love for us by sending Jesus and how Jesus showed his love by dying on a cross. We also talked about how Jesus showed his love for his friends by washing their feet.
The children came up with lots of suggestions about how we should love one another. We talked about the words in the bible “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Eagles class led our collective worship on Wednesday. They helped us to find the love in our code of conduct and showed us that “treat others as you would like to be treated” is a shared value amongst many of the world’s faiths.
Week 3 “Joy”
We watched this little film.
We talked about 2 questions – Who feels joy? Where does the joy come from?
Rosie in Owls explained “the dog and the bird both feel joy because they helped each other”.
Swallows class said ” we felt joy watching the film. Because the dog and the bird were happy, it made us feel happy”.
We talked about how we can find joy by serving others.
Owls class led our collective worship today. You can watch it by clicking here. You will need your password to log in!
Joy, By Millie H
Joy is what makes us happy, the opposite of sad.
It makes us full of fun and to drive away the bad
So think what makes you happy and to share all your joy
Is it Santa delivering toys to every girl and boy
Is it getting a present from someone that you love
Do they wait patiently and don’t push and shove
Or is it something simple like making a new friend
There is something that makes us happy, so Joy never ends.
Week 4 “Patience”
This week we told the story of William Wilberforce. Over many years he fought to abolish the Slave Trade in the British Empire. He showed extraordinary patience. He had to wait for many years for his dream of abolishing the slave trade to become a reality and he had to work tirelessly to make it happen. He never gave up, even when very powerful people opposed him.
“We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy.”
You can click here to watch an extract from the film “Amazing Grace” which bring the story to life.
We also took some time to talk further about the injustice of the Slave Trade. We talked about the importance of campaigns today, like Black Lives Matter, which aim to make sure that everyone is treated fairly and equally.
We have been talking about slavery in Owls class as William Wilberforce had a lot of patience and determination to push forward his idea to abolish slavery. Julia Edwards, the author who visited us last year, has written a children’s book which features slavery and is reading it online. You can listen to the story, ‘Slaves of Isabella’ by clicking https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXIr4ZL9Xm2NBSXXXXu-Jgw.
Following their class collective worship, some children in Kingfishers class showed lots of patience in making this fantastic picture. “We learned about the man who made the tiny things from pencils” explained Ava. “We did these tiny pictures at home and then stuck them on our picture to make a tiny town!”.
“We worked together” explained Annabelle. “That bit is mine and those ones are Jessica’s.”
Week 5 Thankfulness and Harvest Festival
Ok, so we know that Thankfulness is not officially a Fruit of the Spirit, but as part of our Harvest celebrations we have added to the list this week!
Each class went to church, taking with them an offering of the tins and packets they had brought for the Food Bank and the beautiful harvest themed art work they had created in school. Fr Chris and Rev Cate were there to meet us. We explored the Parable of the Sower and thought about the connection between the fruits of the harvest, which help our bodies to grow, and the fruits of the sprit which help us to grow as people and “Let our lights Shine.” The children shared the prayers and poems they had written.
Thank you to everyone for the kind donations to the food bank, which will be delivered this week.
In collective worship we though about where our food comes from and all the people who we need to thank for growing and delivering it. Eagles Class created this list poem.
For our food we thank;
Manufacturers of the machines that harvest the crops and
Fishermen (and women!)
School dinner ladies
And God who gives us life.
Week 6 “Goodness”
This week we have been thinking about “goodness”. We talked about how this is a gift that comes from God and is about “doing good” as well as “being good”.
“We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. WE must not give up.” Galatians 6:9
We used the example of the stacking cups to show how one good thing builds upon another to make the world a better place. Our collective worship team in KS2 helped us to understand by giving examples of people like Dr Banardo and William Wilberforce who had helped many many people by doing good things, even when others told them not to.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you” Mother Teresa
You can watch the collective worship by clicking here.