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Friday, 14 October 2016

A time to rest

As we draw to an end of this half term we are reminded of all the good things that God has done in our lives and the opportunities that lie ahead. 

We will end our assembly today with our use of a traditional Irish blessing.. 


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May the week ahead see the outworking of this blessing in our lives. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Great St John's bake off

The smell of bread dough has been drifitng down the corridor today as year 1/2 have been enjoying the challenge of being creative under the watchful eye of Mrs W!

Harvest at church

A great day last week at church celebrating harvest.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Moses and his true potential

Moses  - discovering your true potential

In assemblies this week we have been considering Moses' encounter with a burning bush – quite apt considering KS1 are learning about the fire of London at the moment. The only difference was that although this bush burned, it didn’t disintegrate! Instead God used it to attract Moses' attention and to deliver to him a very special message. A message that I think it is quite clear Moses was not too thrilled about. 

Moses like all of us, probably understood his weaknesses more than his strengths. Self-doubt is something that can undermine our ability and confidence to take on anything and it would seem that Moses had a healthy dose of this. In addition of course, there was the reality of what he was being asked to do. To go back to Pharaoh and ask him to let God's people go. Not a message that Moses expected him to receive well.

In assembly today we will be thinking about how at times we doubt our own ability and how equally at times new challenges seem quite scary and difficult.  But actually when we face the challenge, the nerves and sometimes the fear, we can achieve far more than we actually believe we may be capable of. Moses had doubts, but God knew he was capable and was the right man for the job.

In our assembly we used these lines in a dramatic format to remind us of that

God said : ‘Go and tell Pharaoh  let my people go!’

Moses said: ‘But I can’t, it’s not me you need!’

God smiled and thought

I know you inside and out

I know what lies inside

I know what you can really do

And With me beside you

You can do anything!

A reminder of our verse from Joshua that we learnt from  the last academic year.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

That  equally is something to be thankful for.

A time to be thankful

A time for harvest celebration

Yesterday we enjoyed gathering together, to give thanks to God, for all that he provides for us, not just at Harvest, but, every day of the year. But it’s also great to focus on Harvest as a specific time to stop and think, to reflect on what we have, and to bring gifts to make a difference for others.

The two tables in church were weighed down with a whole range of fruit, vegetables and other goods by the end of our two services. All of which will be joined with the gifts from St John’s harvest festival service on Sunday, and given to support the work of the Red Cross and the Open Hands project.

At our service we considered how our response to God’s goodness to us can be reflected in our own lives, by the way we reach out to others and seek to make a difference. Something I see happening around the school every day in the way children and staff work together. The willingness to help someone or include them in a game, offering to let them go first in the dinner queue, clapping enthusiastically to celebrate some form of success, a word of encouragement or friendship when someone is upset, a hug or just taking the time to listen to what is important to someone else. It’s all there, every day, and is a clear demonstration of God’s love outworking itself in our school community and that is certainly something to be thankful for as well.