Term 2 - Friendship and Peace

In Term 2 our Christian Value is Friendship and Peace. Our Bible story is The Stilling of the Storm

(Matthew 8.23-27). Father Peter created Storm Abbey in his first Collective Worship of the term to introduce our Christian Value of Peace. The wind howled around the hall and the rain lashed down onto the floor as he shared with us the start the our Bible story of the term. Father Peter talked about how at times our lives can feels a little bit troubled and it might feel like we are stuck in the middle of a big storm. But when things go wrong, we can turn to Jesus and trust that he will help us through the hard times. Father Peter said that Jesus can give us peace in the middle of life's storms and for this we give thanks. 

Peace is God’s intention for the whole of creation, and through our Collective Worships we will be encouraging the children to appreciate quietness and providing opportunities for calm reflection. Children will also be encouraged and reminded to solve their differences in a constructive way and to develop skills as a peacemaker.  

 

Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

                                                                                         Matthew 5:9

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

                                                                                          John 14:27

 

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”           James 3:18

On Tuesday 21st November, The KS1 Collective Worship Council re-told the Bible story 'The Stilling of the Storm'. They used instruments to act out the noise of the storm and the waves crashing against the boat.

The children told the story beautifully and we were all very proud of their first Collective Worship of the year.

Mrs Smith explained that this Bible story helps to remind us through Jesus that even in stormy times –when life sometimes gets hard, God will always be there for us to give us peace and that our friendships will help us to overcome the difficult times. 

 

On Friday the 1st of December the KS2 collective worship council visited the Methodist Church in Bourne to decorate our Christmas Trees for the annual Christmas Tree Festival, which was held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December to coincide with the Town’s Christmas festivities. 

This year was their thirteenth festival and donations from the weekend will be given to the Brighter Futures charity, a locally based charity which helps children and young families afflicted by leprosy and HIV in India.

Our Christmas Trees took on the theme of our Christian Value of the term - Peace. Children from Reception to Year 6 designed and created 'peaceful' and thoughtful baubles to decorate the trees in the theme of peace and relating to a story from the Bible. 

Our Reception/KS1 Christmas Tree was named 'Peace on Earth, Peace on Bourne Abbey's Christmas Tree' and was decorated with doves and rainbows to represent the end of the Great Flood in the story of Noah's Ark and raindrops and sunshine baubles to symbolise the rain in the storm in the Bible story The Stilling of the Storm, followed by the miracle of the calm created by Jesus. 

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 also created baubles to represent peace. There tree was named 'Two Turtle Doves and Bourne Abbey's Christams Tree'. They included 3D worlds made out of blue and green sequins, feathered doves and cross designs. 

Both of our Christmas Trees beautifully captured our Christian Value of Peace and the KS2 Collective Worship Council did a super job of decorating them!