Our worship leaders
Our worship leaders from Y1-Y6 had to put themselves forward for the role and be voted by their classmates. Each week we meet to evaluate worship, discuss ways to improve our reflection areas and plan Friday reflection worship.
We have been looking at how children use the prayer areas around school and asking children, staff and parents their views about worship at our school.
Spring 2020- February 2020
Mr Pratt started off this half term's worship by talking to us about Lent and how Jesus went into the wilderness and faced temptation. In our class worship we thought about ways we are tempted and how we can fix our eyes on God.
On Shrove Tuesday Mrs Wright told us all about getting ready for Lent and she even managed to make and toss pancakes. It was VERY exciting!
The open the book team started off our worship by telling us the story of the wise men visiting Jesus. We followed up learning about Epiphany by thinking about the gifts that we would give to Jesus.
On the 13th January we thought about Martin Luther King and how he fought against prejudice and became a bringer of peace and compassion.
On the 20th January Vicar Dave talked to us about bird watching and respecting creation. We took part in the big bird watch run by the RSPB and some classes had outdoor worship, thanking God and taking time to appreciate creation.
On 27th January we stood together as a school to remember the Holocaust. We thought about Jesus the peacemaker and how we could be bringers of peace in our classes, families, the community and wider world. We all held hands and recited 'we stand together'. It was very moving. We made a whole school memorial display.
On the 2nd Feb we found out all about Candlemas and how Jesus was presented in the Temple. We thought about how we can spread the light of Jesus in dark places.
Our last worship before half term was the story of Jesus going to the Temple when he was just a little boy. The open the book team reminded us of how much we should love and care for our family and how it feels to be lost....... but then found. We are never lost to God.
Our Advent wreath
Ms Wright and some of the children made our advent wreath.
Recipe for a St. Stephen's Advent wreath:
We lit the first candle and talked about the HOPE that the Prophets had. They KNEW a saviour would be born. We read about it in Isaiah 9:6-7 and Luke 1:26-38
Advent 2- The Bethlehem candle of FAITH. We talked about how hard the journey must have been for young Mary and Jesus and the inspirational faith they showed. We read about it in Luke 2:1-7
Advent 3- We lit the third candle and talked about how the shepherds were filled with JOY!
Mr Pratt and a shepherd visited us in worship time! He talked about how the good news was for EVERYONE.
Advent 4- Ms Wright talked to us about the Angel's candle of PEACE. In our class worship we talked about how we can be bringers of peace in our class, family and community.
The open the book team came to retell the story of the first Christmas. Some of Year 2 helped.
KS1 performed a Nativity 'Everyone loves a baby and Y5 closed the Autumn term with a carol service.
Autumn 2- 2019
This half term we are thinking about the I in ASPIRE which stands for INCLUDE. Our Christian values are justice and forgiveness. " Love each other in the same way I have loved you" John 15:13
On the 11th November the 'Open the book' team performed the story of Nehemiah. In our class worship we looked at how we can build people up with our words or how we can hurt them. In the story we saw how God forgave the people and that reminded us how we are challenged to keep forgiving others. Y5/6 led worship at the end of the week and reminded us how forgiveness can be challenging but how it leads us to be free.
On 4th November Mr Pratt talked to us about 2 people who don't
often get talked about in the same conversation! We heard how Guy Fawkes and Jesus both fought against injustice but they dealt with it in VERY different ways! To follow this up, in our classes we talked about the injustices that were faced by our chosen class charities and how we can help.
Autumn 1 2019-
The letter of ASPIRE we looked at was E for enjoy. "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good! His faithful love endures forever." Psalm 107:1
Our Christian values that we explored were generosity and thankfulness.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever”.
At the RE pupil conference we made friends with some pupils from Wesham school. We invited their worship group to our school. We gave them a tour of our school and they were very impressed with our environmental area and how big our school is!
We had refreshments in the community room and asked some challenging questions to learn more about each other. We did a craft activity where we drew round our hands and personalised it with words and pictures that we felt represented us. We then exchanged them with the children from Wesham.
We had a great afternoon finding out how our Church schools are similar and yet unique. Watch this space for when we visit them!
Our whole school Easter worship