As a Church of England school our religious foundations support and challenge pupils to reflect upon, develop and affirm their own beliefs, values and attitudes through an exploration of shared human experience and to understand the place and significance of religion in the contemporary world.
The current Coronavirus crisis provokes challenging questions linked to this but at the same time enables pupils to develop an understanding of respect and sensitivity to others, regardless of religion. There has never been a greater time when we need to hang on to our faith and belief.
Having a prayer page on our website, is therefore, vitally important in enabling children to connect with their faith through prayer. Through both familiar daily prayers from school, to show gratitude for our lives, and to provide a space for your thoughts and feelings as we value those special links between home, school and a faith community. This will be an area to share prayers, and give thanks, for what is going on around us, sharing in a united faith to help us keep strong through these challenging times.
You can listen to our school vicar Reverend Bennett here: Budock Church Services – Rev Geoffrey Bennett
Summer Term 2020
Welcome to the first half of summer term and as Mrs Stevens quite rightly said in her letter to parents week commencing 13th April, ‘… in not quite the way we expected it to arrive.’
The value for the first half of the Summer term at St Francis is friendship and compassion, which is so very appropriate for the difficult times we are going through. This is the part of our St Francis prayer when we think about the most important lines “Lord make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.”
The lockdown that we are experiencing is creating many strong bonds, where people are so much more tolerant of each other, more forgiving and loving each other that little bit more. Where acts of kindness have become a regular feature of our news and things we are witnessing in our neighbourhoods and communities. Acts where we can show our appreciation to others for what they are doing for us.
The golden rule we would focus on this term is ‘being kind and helpful’ and the British value is ‘having mutual respect.’ I can imagine that these are the values we are all currently living by, doing what we can to help one another and respecting the part that each of us is playing to make life that little bit more bearable.
Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Luke 5:18-19
Here is Jane from New Street Church, reading the story for us to enjoy.
When we care about a friend, we will do all that is within our power to help. Friendship is a commitment that involves developing and practicing the virtues of: trust, faithfulness, reliability, integrity and honesty. A friend listens, helps and forgives.
Prayer for Friendship
You have blessed us, O God,
with the gift of friendship,
the bonding of persons
in a circle of love.
We thank you for such a blessing:
for friends who love us,
who share our sorrows,
who laugh with us in celebration,
who bear our pain,
who need us as we need them,
who weep as we weep,
who hold us when words fail,
and who give us the freedom
to be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health,
wholeness, life, and love.
You may want to try to create a Labyrinth. For more information click here.
Please see the examples below and a template that you could use
More stories read by our friend Jane Wheeler of New Street Church
New Street Church
My Lighthouse by Rend Collective (Cover by New Street Church)
Fruits of the Spirit (New Street Church – Midweek Slot for Children)
Bible Story Pilates
This is a Pilates routine for children whilst telling a Bible story. This one is the story of Jonah, with some great exercises.
Share Your Prayers
Please feel free to write your own prayers and send them to us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to this prayer page.
To view this months Messy Church Newsletter, please click here