Peace at last
I like the story called ‘Peace at Last’ which is about Mr Bear needing peace and quiet to go to sleep. There’s noises all around him and he just can’t get to sleep.
You can listen to the story.
It might be hard for you to find any peace and quiet at home at the moment like Mr Bear.
In the Bible there’s a story about Jesus needing peace and quiet because he was tired after talking to so many people about Gods love for them. You can listen to the story.
In the story Jesus went to sleep. When the storm came Jesus’ friends were scared and frightened. The thought Jesus didn’t care about them, but of course he did and he told the storm to stop. Maybe when the storm was over Jesus went back to sleep. What do you think?
At the moment with all that’s happening in the world we can feel frightened or scared like the disciples. Can you think of a time when you have felt scared? Christians believe Jesus is always with them.
Jesus said something special about peace in the bible.
Jesus said ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.’
This is from the book of John in the New Testament. John 14 vs 27
A time for reflection.
Thank you that you are always with us, in the noisy times and in the peaceful times. Thank you that we don’t need to be afraid. Amen
Here’s a song about us having peace in our hearts
Peace all around us.
Last week we found out about peace in the world as people celebrated the end of the war. The dove is often used as a symbol of peace.
Today we can think about someone who lived along time ago who wanted to be a peacemaker.
Saint Francis was a peacemaker and in his story we heard how he wanted to make a difference in people lives. He has happy to give up all his riches to help others.
Perhaps at home we can try to think how we can bring peace. Maybe we can tidy up without being asked, maybe we can share our tablet with our brother or sister without complaining.
Some people want to be peaceful when they talk to God. At the moment when we can’t go to church or school it’s sometimes hard to find somewhere peaceful at home. However, its worth remembering that we can talk to God anywhere and anytime. No matter how busy or noisy we are God is always there to talk with us and is always ready to listen.
Please help me to be a peacemaker at home. Thank you that you are always there to fill us with your peace if we ask you.
Saint Francis wrote a special prayer asking God to help him to be a peacemaker. Lets listen to a song about peace in the world which has to begin with each of us thinking about what we can do to make peace happen in our homes.
A Celebration of Peace.
Peace can mean quiet and calm but it can also relate to a time when people aren’t fighting or disagreeing. All over the world there are people caught up in disagreements. Some countries are still at war where there is danger and fear.
Captain Tom was a soldier in World war 2. This was a terrible war that lasted for 6 years.
May 8th 1945 was the end of the war in Europe and a day for people to celebrate that the long war was over.
75 years later on Friday May 8th 2020 we will remember all the people who died in the war.
In World War 2 the Queen drove an ambulance. The Queen is going to say some special words on Friday. See if you can listen to what she says on the television.
Sometimes disagreements happen within our homes and families, where there is fighting and unhappiness. In the Bible it says that Jesus is ‘The Prince of Peace’ and Christians believe Jesus can give them peace in their hearts whatever is going on in the world around them.
Please be with the people who are scared, tired or troubled and can’t find the peace they need. Please help me to try hard to keep the peace at home and avoid unnecessary upset and hurt. Thank you that you are always there for me, whether I am peaceful or not. Amen
Sing along to the song that is about us bringing Peace around us.
A Long Walk
Today, we are going to hear about an amazing man called Captain Tom Moore. He is 99 years old and will be 100 on 30 April. When he heard about the coronavirus and the magnificent work that doctors and nurses were doing, he wanted to do something to help. Although he uses a walking frame to help him walk, Captain Tom decided to raise some money for the NHS by doing a sponsored walk.
Look at this video to find out what happened next!
You can listen to this song that helps us remember that we never alone. There are always people around us to help us along the way.
Captain Tom decided he could do something to show how thankful he is for all the people who work for the NHS. He has been able to raise so much money for the NHS more than he ever imagined.
You could say thank you to Captain Tom by making him a birthday card. He will be 100 on April 30th.
Time for reflection
Captain Tom Moore has raised over £28 million pounds for the NHS – and still counting!
Each of us can do our bit to help each other right now. It might be something as simple as smiling at people, waving at them through a window or joining the Clap for Carers on our doorstep every Thursday night. We could place a rainbow or a teddy in the window to cheer people up, or even just be as helpful as possible around the house!
Father God, We thank you for Captain Tom and the inspiration he is to us. Thank you that you are always with us and help us to know that we can all make a difference to those around us. Amen
The chorus of one of my favourite songs says “I just thank you Father for making me me!” We are all special and we are all important however old we are.
The Rainbow is a Symbol of Hope
In the Old Testament part of the Bible there is a story of Noah and his family.
The rainbow was a symbol of hope to Noah and his family and this same symbol has been used today.
In what weather conditions do rainbows often appear?
How do we feel when we see a rainbow?
Rainbows are nearly always a sign that the storm is past and that the sun is returning again.
At the moment because of the Corona virus everything has changed and its like a big black cloud is over the earth. But the rainbow helps us to remember that the sunshine will come again. We wont always be under this dark cloud.
Every Thursday evening we are clapping to say thank you to the NHS.
You can see rainbows on windows reminding people that there is hope things will change for the better.
Time for reflection.
Thank you God that when we look at the rainbow we remember it is a symbol of hope, reminding us of your promise to Noah in the Bible.
We can join in and sing a song remembering that Christians believe its God who put the colours in the rainbow.
Welcome to our special Easter celebration
Our theme is hope and new life
Let’s begin by singing one of our favourite songs from School.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV_OHTCzoZc Give thanks with a grateful heart…….
It’s good to think of all the things we can be thankful for and at Easter Christians are thankful for the love that Jesus showed when he died on the cross.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL8R158Ujp4 Watch the story of what happened at Easter.
On Good Friday Jesus’ friends were so sad and they thought they would never be happy again. But God had an amazing plan and on Easter Day Jesus was alive again. Even in the middle of darkness and despair there is hope of something better.This gives Christians hope that things will change and get better. Easter is a time of celebration for Christians and a time to rejoice. A time to celebrate new life.
It is difficult at times like this to truly celebrate when we are aware of so many people suffering in our world.
However let’s just take a look at the world around us. We can see so many signs of new life in the world, blossom on the trees, flowers blooming, the sun shining and Spring is really here. Easter gives us all a chance to celebrate the new life we see around us.
Time to be still and quiet:
In the quietness of your own home, write, draw, or say all the things that are signs of new life and the things that give us life. Eg, flowers, blossom, birth of a new baby, water, food, a smile, a kind gesture.
If you want to you can say this prayer: Dear God, thank you that you show us through your creation, and the acts of kindness we see around us, that there is always hope. Thank you for the message of Easter which is one of hop and new life. Thank you God that you are always with us Amen.