Collective Worship This Term
Our collective worship this term focuses on the values of Justice & Integrity
During this challenging period, you might wish to make use of some of the materials and resources below. Spending time in quietness, reflection, prayer or meditation can be really helpful in managing periods of stress, anxiety and disruption. Singing is proven to raise the mood, lower stress and release endorphins.
Lent & Easter
Lent is the 40 day period between Ash Wednesday & Easter. During this time we recall Jesus' 40 days in the Desert and, from the Old Testament, the 40 years the people of Israel spent in the wilderness waiting for Moses and Joshua to lead them into the Promised Land.
Christian's will often choose to give up (or take up!) something for this season, in order to help them remember and reflect on Jesus' approaching journey to the cross, His crucifixion on Good Friday, and Resurrection on Easter Sunday!
Here are a number of resources you might use to help you explore, and reflect on this liturgical season:
Our Full Lent & Easter Songs & Videos Collective Worship Playlist is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqTgk19dUxvLm3W_vdt_4ydnSEJHXwoda
Collective Worship for when we might feel scared, stressed, lonely or sad:
The bible is full of the promises of God. It is also full of people who find themselves in difficult or painful circumstances, and who look to the promises of God and His faithfulness for comfort and encouragement. Here are some of Miss Russell's favourite bible passages and stories for when we need to know we are loved, and never left alone. Each is followed by a short video, song or image to aid reflection on this quote:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ERV)
5 Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. 6 With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way.
Joshua 1:9 (ERV)
9 Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 23 (ERV)
The Lord is my shepherd.
I will always have everything I need.
2 He gives me green pastures to lie in.
He leads me by calm pools of water.
3 He restores my strength.
He leads me on right paths to show that he is good.
4 Even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave,
I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me.
Your rod and staff comfort me.
5 You prepared a meal for me in front of my enemies.
You welcomed me as an honoured guest.
My cup is full and spilling over.
6 Your goodness and mercy will be with me all my life,
and I will live in the Lord’s house a long, long time.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (ERV)
8 The Lord will lead you. He himself is with you. He will not fail you or leave you. Don’t worry. Don’t be afraid!”
Matthew 6:25-7:29 (ERV)
25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are? 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at the wildflowers in the field. See how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 If God makes what grows in the field so beautiful, what do you think he will do for you? It’s just grass—one day it’s alive, and the next day someone throws it into a fire. But God cares enough to make it beautiful. Surely he will do much more for you. Your faith is so small!
31 “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 That’s what those people who don’t know God are always thinking about. Don’t worry, because your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ...
Romans 8:39 (ERV)
38-39 Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not death, life, angels, or ruling spirits. I am sure that nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us or nothing below us—nothing in the whole created world—will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown us in Christ Jesus our Lord.