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Collective Worship

Please try to complete one collective worship activity each day.

 This half term, our collective worship theme is perseverance

Week beginning 18.01.21

Activity 1 :



Activity 2: 

Watch this video about Joshua.


How did Joshua show perseverance in this story?

How do you think he felt ?

Could you do something for so long and not know if it was going to work.

Take time to sit quietly and ask God to help you persevere when you find things hard.


Activity 3: 

Reflecting Being made a refugee is not something that belongs just to the past. Every day people are forced from their homes because they are in danger of losing their lives if they stay. This is the account written by a young girl who fled from Burundi at a time when war made her country a very dangerous place to live. 

It is hard when you have to leave everything behind you, not only your belongings, but also your family, friends and country. Your journey seems to be difficult and to have no end. You are torn up, and you think that you will never smile again, or you will never be happy as you were before. You have to accept the way life is, and sometimes you want to cry and hope for a better day, but it is not always the case. To leave everything behind you, to leave not because you want to, because it is your decision, but because it is not safe, and war does not give you that choice. War decides for you, and has no mercy on you. For me the war is there to destroy peace and love, to separate children from their parents, and to live always in fear. One has to live with a scar, which often doesn't heal. And your journey doesn't finish in your refuge or asylum. It continues because you have to learn to accept what happened to you, and to realize that the nightmare is so far from the happy dream that you wish to have every night. Dreams are broken. You feel so sad and alone that any moment of joy can make you feel guilty because you think you do not deserve it, and you are not worthy of it. But step by step you learn one lesson, and that keeps you going. You have to live and persevere because tomorrow could be better. 


How welcoming is our school? How do we make new children and new teachers feel quickly at home here? Think about how we might offer an even warmer welcome to new people who have joined the school so that they won't ever feel lonely and isolated. 


Activity 4:  

A long time ago, there lived a man called Nehemiah, who worked for the king in a country a long way away from his own country. The king liked him, but Nehemiah often felt homesick and wished he could go back to where he had grown up. One day, he heard that his home town, Jerusalem, was in a mess. The walls had been knocked down and many buildings were falling apart – everything needed rebuilding: people’s homes so that they had somewhere to live; the temple so that they had somewhere to go and worship God; and the walls around the city of Jerusalem so that they would be protected from their enemies. Nehemiah made a decision: he had to try to do something about rebuilding Jerusalem.

The next morning, Nehemiah went to the king and explained what he wanted to do, saying that he would need some stones and wood. The king was very understanding. He even gave Nehemiah some money to help him. Then, Nehemiah set off on the long journey home. When he got to Jerusalem, he was shocked by the mess. It was much worse than he had imagined. The walls were collapsing, buildings looked derelict and there seemed little hope that one man could achieve anything. However, Nehemiah soon found that he was not on his own. Many people were pleased to see him and offered to help. It was hard work rebuilding the walls. Some people didn’t want Jerusalem to become strong again and fought to stop the building work taking place. But Nehemiah kept encouraging the people and asking God for help.
‘Keep going!’ he said. ‘You are doing really well and I know God will help us finish the job!’
After many months of hard work, the houses, the temple and the walls were back to how they had been before. Nehemiah was grateful to everyone who had worked with him. He also knew that God had been with them and helped them, too.

 In the story, what three things needed rebuilding? 
- What kind of things discouraged the people from getting the building work done? 
- What helped them to keep going? 

None of us have to rebuild the walls around our towns and cities this week, but there might be some things that we are finding difficult or occasions when we feel like we want to give up.

Dear God,
Thank you that you always listen when we pray to you.
Thank you that you are always there.
Please help us to keep going when we find things hard.
Please help us to encourage others.

Activity 5: 

Celebration collective worship. What do you wan to celebrate this week?