Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week – the last week of Lent leading up to Easter – it will be in our school holiday this year. On Palm Sunday Christians remember Jesus’ triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. As Holy Week draws to a close and Easter approaches, we have Holy Wednesday, commemorating Judas Iscariot’s intent to betray Jesus; Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples, and Good Friday, the day on which Christians around the world remember Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. With Good Friday over, Christians look forward to Easter Sunday, the day on which Jesus rose from his tomb. You might like to watch the Story of Easter (The Last Supper) on
Our worship and assemblies take place in school but last year Canon Beverley Hollins, Rural Dean for Greater Northampton, focused on a number of Bible characters in her virtual collective worships and we have left the links on below for you to continue to share together.
Canon Beverley’s collective worship recording about the story of Jesus telling his disciples that to be great in the kingdom of heaven you must be like a child. It encourages children to 'act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God', offering fairness and kindness, whilst treating others as being equally important. It also includes some children from Beverley’s church primary school, Weston Favell Church of England Primary School: https://youtu.be/FIO8R1JRe9U
This worship from Canon Beverley completes the Bible characters series with Huram (or Huram-Abi), a skilled craftsman: https://youtu.be/DybgwDWF5sA and here is the story of Esther, and focuses on the value of courage: https://youtu.be/egEBzSrCvwo
'We are marching in the light of God': https://youtu.be/yqHja7EML30.
This is the story of Mephibosheth, and contrasts David, who helps him and treats him as an equal, with Ziba, who exploits his disability: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGBRLnLJrFo
This virtual collective worship offering from Revd Canon Beverley is the second in a mini-series on parables about servants, service and the God whom we are called to serve: the unforgiving servant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBjzoFTmXbE .
Assembly with Kirstin Howarth - please download and play as a slideshow
Revd Canon Beverley Hollins has recorded a number of talks in advance of her move to St Peter’s, Weston Favell. Please follow the links below for each week.
Date: week beginning Monday
Holy Week and Easter
Jesus Makes Breakfast
The Good Shepherd
Respect and Politeness
Thought for the week beginning 22nd Feb:
Revd Canon Beverley Hollins, who often provides collective worship resources for our schools, is moving to take up a new post as Rector of St Peter Weston Favell. So, she has written to introduce her first two recordings for Lent as follows: ‘For me, the challenges include moving house and changing to a new parish role, so I am going to be trying to get well ahead with the thought for the week recordings. The theme of Lent focuses on 'the wilderness' as a place where we don't cultivate the soil or do other kinds of work - we go there to stop and listen to God and to learn about God and ourselves. Not so easy in a school to find places to stop and not work, so I look a little at how the things we give up or take up in Lent might help with that.
Assemblies and Collective Worship week commencing 8 February 2021
This week's Thought for the Week Worship from Canon Beverley, which is on the theme of courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne2tKYaVtq4
There are two extra RE lessons this week that Canon Beverley has kindly prepared for Year 5 and Year 2 children:
The film for Year 5 RE on the theme of love, majoring on St Paul's teaching in 1 Corinthians 13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0GCI5WM4X8&t=4s
The lesson seeks to establish what Christians (and faiths generally) think of when we talk about love, and it uses 1 Corinthians 13 extensively.
A film for Year 2 on the theme of believing in an invisible God:
The idea is to explore that we believe in invisible things, and how people of faith believe in an invisible God. It uses lots of illustrations such as electricity, radiowaves and adding salt to water.
Thanks to our fellow Advisers in the Dioceses of Guildford and Southwark who have produced some worship to mark the sad death of Captain Tom aged 100 years.
During the pandemic many families have suffered the serious illness or death of family, friends and neighbours. The death of Captain Tom may bring feelings of sadness and grief to the surface, especially for families who have been bereaved themselves recently. When a public figures dies it seems to almost give people permission to demonstrate their feelings of grief. Captain Tom had been seen as a beacon of hope during the pandemic, his words ‘tomorrow will be a good day’ trended on twitter. Hope for the future is important in helping us get through this difficult time, and it is possible that some people will find the loss of this figure of hope difficult.
The documents below will allow you to discuss the life and achievements of Captain Tom with your children within Worship. They may help you talk about his death and how sad this is for his family. This is to allow children to share their thoughts and feelings about loss and sadness in a safe environment. Your child may want to talk to you about their feelings of loss including missing important events and people who they cannot see at present.
There is no video for this collective worship because it would be best if this sensitive subject is covered by a familiar adult. Please use it with your children as you see fit.
Please download the PowerPoint and play as a slide show.
We would love to see a video clip of you singing along.
Week commencing 1 February 2021:
‘Thought for the Week’ on the theme of Candlemas (Feb 2nd), and includes the story of the presentation of Jesus at the temple: