This first half-term we are preparing for Harvest and using the theme of trees to help us think about God's amazing creation. We are exploring the lyrics of the wonderful worship song '10,000 reasons' to think about all the many reasons we have to be thankful. We are exploring all that God provides us with and thinking about how we, as a church school, can spread our Christian values to others (like scattering seeds). We are launching the Bishop's Harvest appeal and considering how we can support the work of Tree Aid and also Fair trade.
We are then exploring the theme of 'Transformers' as we approach half-term, considering how God creates a new creation in us. We shall be thinking about inspirational people from the Bible and also role models, who have lived out God's Word in their lives.
The worship for this term is initially based on the theme of ‘Transformers’ and is focusing on God’s amazing transformational power. We are also starting off our British values work on the Sounds of Identity project – exploring our themes of democracy, local identity and tolerance, and respect for others. We have explored people who have had their lives changed by faith, both transformed characters from the Bible like Jonah, Joshua and Saul but also people living more recently who have transformed their own lives and others' - Sybil Pheonix, William Wilberforce, Elizabeth Fry, Edith Cavell and William Tyndale.
This half-term we are thinking about our Christian family around the world and how we are all part of the family of faith. We are also considering how we are all linked to different parts of the globe. Some of us have family or friends all over God's world and we have been praying for them and also for the places in the world that have been in the news or places that have special meaning to us. We discovered that although we have a shared identity as part of our Badlerstone school family, we also have links across 5 out of 7 continents. Some of us had family and friends in Europe, Australia, North & South America, Australia and Asia. No-one had family in Antrctica!
We are following the migration of Sparkle the Swallow as she makes her annual journey from the eaves of our church in Balderstone across the globe to Africa. On the way we are finding out about how Christians and people from other faiths worship. Bea from Christian Aid has been in to school to help us understand how charities such as theirs support people beyond Balderstone. As a church and school we have been able to make a £120 donation to the work of Christian Aid. A huge thank you to our church and their Big Breakfast and school counil for helping us raise the money for this donation. We are also focusing closely on the theme of refugees this half -term. Aderyn, from our church, came to talk to the Salt and Light group about the church's work with the Asylum and Refugee Centre (ARC) in Blackburn. The children led worship in church at our family service this month and they are planning worship in school to help us learn more about refugees. We have thought about great missionaries such as St Paul and how they have spread the love of God across the world. Watch this space for more of Sparkle's adventures beyond Balderstone...
Fulfilled in the story of Easter...
During the last week of term, we focused, as a school, on the epic events of Holy Week. We spent an amazing day together, as a school family, journeying through the events of the week culminating with our contemplation on the symbols of Salvation - the cross. We spent the day in the woods exploring 13 stations each reflecting on one part of God's master plan. It helped us to consider God's love for us and to really think about our own response to Jesus' sacrifice for us. Back in school, we made our own resurrection egg, as a focus for our prayers and a keepsake of the day's learning. The Salt and Light values group led our worship in church on Friday morning and helped us to respond to the events of Easter and to celebrate Jesus' victory!
WOW our God is an awesome God! We are off on an epic journey, exploring God's amazing rescue plan for us all. So get ready to travel through the richness of God's Word to consider how God has woven his plan for Salvation throughout the pages of the Bible. Our Salt and Light group will be leading us through the first part of God's Big Story. We shall be exploring God the masterpiece creator, Man and how we fell from Grace and then starting to learn about God's warriors paving the way for his rescue plan.
Easter worship - Journeying to the cross
All week we have been Journeying through holy week. Every class has taken a turn in leading worship this week. A reception class started off our journey telling us all about the events of Palm Sunday. We even had a donkey attend our outdoor worship, to help us understand how Jesus entered Jerusalem as a king. On Tuesday, squirrel class continued our journey through Holy Week, by teaching us all about the Passover and the Last Supper. Mr Bargh brought in one of his lambs to help us to understand why Jesus is the Lamb of God. On Wednesday, Fox class took us into the garden of Gathsemane to think about Jesus' arrest and trial. Badger class led a really moving worship, getting us to think about the sadness and sacfifice of Good Friday.
This morning we held our church service with our Salt and Light group leading the worship. The children took us on a real journey of emotion, helping us to consider the joy and sadness of Easter. The service was a lovely mix of reflection and celebration and we left feeling very uplifted. Many thanks for our ethos group for taking such a key role in delivering and planning this important celebration in the worship life of our school.