Term 3 - Perseverance and Courage

Our Christian Value in Term 3 is Perseverance and Courage. Basic to Christian faith is the claim that God is always present in every situation. This belief has led to great acts of courage that have included facing danger and opposition, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is right and encouraging others to persevere. Through Collective Worship and reflection, we will encourage our children to find the strength and be courageous. 

Through the Parable of The Lost Sheep, we will be encouraging the children to persevere, just like the shepherd did in the story when he lost his sheep. Just like the shepherd we will remind the children to:

Not give up easily

Try, try and try again

Stick at a task and see the job through to the end.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?”

                                                                                                       (Psalm 27:1) 

 

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God."

                                                                                                        (Luke 1:30)

 

"The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can Man do to me?"

                                                                                                     (Hebrews 13:6) 

 

On Thursday 9th January, Leigh Smith from Bourne Baptist Church came in to Bourne Abbey to kick start our new Christian Value for the term—Perseverance. Leigh began by asking the children what perseverance means. Sophie in Year 1 explained it means ‘keep going’. Leigh then posed some questions to the children asking each time ‘does it matter?’. Does it matter if you have an odd sock when you have four other pairs? Patricija in Year 2 thought that it doesn’t matter as it’s not important as there are four other pairs. Does it matter if a tree branch has broken off? Lucy in Year 2 explained that it does matter as the tree’s branch is like its arm and it would be terrible if it lost a part of itself as trees are also living things. Then Leigh asked the children to imagine they are a shepherd with 100 sheep. One of those sheep went missing. Does it matter? Alexa in Year 2 passionately responded with: “Yes it does matter, each sheep is our pet and we love them all the same.” Leigh explained that in the Bible there is a parable called The Lost Sheep. The shepherd kept looking for his sheep and never gave up. He persevered until he found the lost sheep. Through this parable, Jesus shows us that he is looking for us all the time and he never gives up on us. This term, we will be thinking about and reflecting on the parable of The Lost Sheep and how it reminds us to never give up and that the love of Jesus is always there.

 

The children will be encouraged to reflect upon this value through Collective Worship.

Our beautiful Reflection Areas, which can be found in our classrooms; by the front office; along the Key Stage 1 corridor and by the Year 3 area, are the perfect place for reflection and quiet time.           

 

                                                                Build Up the Walls

 

‘Our neighbours are fierce, they show no pity,

Our walls are in pieces, itty bitty.

Let’s build them up so they are nice and pretty,

Build up the walls of Jerusalem city!’

 

This was the motto of our story today, complete with actions! The KS1 children chanted the rhyme with great gusto on Wednesday 16th January! Open the Book told us the story of a man who persevered; a man named Nehemiah. Nehemiah was an important man who lived in Jerusalem. Nehemiah was God’s leader who encouraged the Jews to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  The work of rebuilding the walls and repairing the gates was going to be a lot of work.  It would take many people to work together to complete this job. Unfortunately, Nehemiah’s enemies kept attacking the city and the people of Jerusalem kept having to rebuild the walls surrounding their city. All the gates had also been destroyed. Each time their walls were attacked, the people of Jerusalem built them back up again and didn’t give up. Their enemies continued to fight them and knock down their walls and gate, but still the people continued to follow and listen to Nehemiah and built them back up again. Even though the people of Jerusalem were constantly working hard, they thanked God for providing them with what they needed to rebuild the walls each time.

This story reminds us that putting our trust in God helps us to persevere and keep going even when times are challenging.