Bishop Aldhelm's CE
Loved by God; United in Learning
This term in our worships we are thinking about the miracles of Jesus and the values which each of these miracles tell us about how we can live our lives today. This week we have heard about the time when Jesus fed 5000 people from just 5 small loaves and 2 small fish! I'm sure this was an amazing sight to see. Could you imagine being there and being fed from just a small meal?
John 6: 11
Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and distributed it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted.
This miracle helps to demonstrate God's care to us all in our community - Jesus noticed the everyday needs of people and cared enough to do something about it. In this story He took the lunch of a small boy and multiplied it thousands of times. In the same way, many Christians believe that Jesus takes what we offer, our talents, our time and our gifts and multiplies them to make a difference in our communities.
As you journey through the rest of this week, take some time to think about what you can offer or already offer to the people around you in your community.
Shrove Tuesday or ‘Pancake Day’ is the day before Lent. In the same way that Advent is a time for us to prepare our hearts for Christmas, Lent is our time of preparation for Easter.
The name comes from the word “shriven” meaning to confess your sins and receive forgiveness. Forgiveness for sins is at the heart of the Easter story and many Christians choose to use Lent as a time to think about their own behaviour and to recommit themselves to God. Some people choose to give up things during the period of lent such as unhealthy foods or treats or dedicate part of Lent to fasting.
Pancakes are a great recipe for using up ingredients. In some countries there is a celebration feast with lots of rich foods before the period of Lent begins. As you make your pancakes why not pray and thank God for all the good and rich things in your life.
Click on the 'Pancake Day' page at the bottom of this page and have a go at making your own pancakes using the recipe provided.
Ash Wednesday (17th February) is the first day of Lent, traditionally a time of fasting and repentance. Usually, it is custom for Christians to give something up during Lent to spend more time focusing on God. This year, our Lent project in school is focusing on 'self-care'. Rather than giving something up for Lent we are going to choose an activity to focus on ourselves and boost positivity in our lives.
Click on the 'Love yourself through Lent' page at the bottom of this page and print out your own copy of the self-care activities you can try this Lent. Have a go at completing an activity each day in Lent and colour in the heart each time you do thing. How many can you complete this Lent season?
Thank you to the team at Together at Home for use of their resources.
Psalm 23 has become a favourite for the children at our school. It is a Psalm that reminds us that God is protecting us and guiding us through every day! We have tried hard to learn this Psalm in our worship times and learn about how our school values are shown through this Psalm. Why not give it a read here?
The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water. He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised. Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
I will not be afraid, LORD, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.
You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me;you welcome me as an honoured guest
and fill my cup to the brim. I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live.
Here we learn that Jesus is our shepherd - He leads and inspires us, He provides us with food, drink and a place to sleep, He also protects us and walks with us through difficult times. Much like the leaders in our lives - parents, teachers or people in authority - Jesus gives us advice and guidance to show us the best way to live.
See if you can learn our special school Psalm off by heart!