This half term we are thinking about Service
‘Serve one another in love’ Galatians 5.13
Words relating to ‘servant’ and ‘service’ are central in Christian theology. Some of the most important prophecies in Isaiah speak of the coming of the ‘Servant of the Lord’ and his role as a ‘suffering servant.’ That is why Jesus said that he ‘came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. This turned upside down the normal relationship between master and disciple, leader and follower. In many ways, this astonishing action symbolizes the essence of the Incarnation: God stooping to share the human condition. Jesus is very clear about the meaning of his action: ‘Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done.’
The parable of the Good Samaritan shows we should serve those in need whoever they are. Such service is not offered to gain some advantage for ourselves. ‘Going the extra mile’ involves sacrifice, putting ourselves out for someone else’s benefit. Serving God means serving others. It also means that we cannot serve other masters as well – such as money. However, the Christian message is equally clear that service is not all about restrictions. It is precisely in a life of service that we become most truly free.
This half term, we will be thinking about those who serve us in our daily lives and reflect upon how we can better serve others.
Click on the link below to see an overview of our Collective Worship in school:
These four children are our fabulous Worship Leaders. They are responsible for developing the Collective Worship in our school and ensuring that all our pupils have a voice about worship. They have introduced a volunteer system and ‘teaspoon prayers’ so far. They meet every fortnight to discuss progress.
Value Launch Days
Every half term, we work with our church community to hold a ‘Value Launch Day’. Classes take it in turns to experience a carousel of prayer spaces and activities which explore our focus Christian Value. We often hold these days in the church, the village hall and in the Parish Woods. Our most recent Value Launch Day focussed on ‘Forgiveness’ and involved the children exploring forgiveness in the Easter story:
Last half term our focus was ‘Courage’: