We have family service every half term in one of our local churches. These are opportunities for us to come together as a community to share a special time.
28th September 2023
Our family service this morning was focussed on Friendship. Reverend Steve led our service exploring how friends help each other. Two of our collective worship ambassadors demonstrated this important message with one helping the other to use a rather large spoon to eat their cereal! Revered Steve shared the story of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 20) from the bible to illustrate how Jonathan helped his friend David.
Some pupil then shared a prayer:
You have blessed us with wonderful friends who bring joy and laughter to our lives. Thank you for their smiles, their kindness, and their love.
But sometime, God, friendship can also be challenging.
We may have disagreements, misunderstandings, or hurtful moments.
In those times, I ask for your guidance and wisdom, to help us find forgiveness and understanding.
Please help us be a good friend to others,
to always be there for them when they need me, to listen with an open heart, and to offer a helping hand.
Teach me to be patient, caring, and compassionate towards my friends,
even when we may not see eye to eye.
Help me understand that friendship requires effort and commitment,
and that it's worth working through any difficulties that may arise.
We also want to pray for those who may not have many friends or who may feel lonely.
Please bring them comfort and show them that they are not alone.
Help us to be a friends to them, to extend a hand in times of need,
and to show them the love and acceptance they deserve.
Today we joined together in worship for our Harvest Festival Service. Reverend Steve led our service alongside two of our youngest collective worship ambassadors from year 2. We sang songs to thank god for Harvest times and Year 3 & 4 told us the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12 :16-21). Donations of food were received for the Quantock Food Bank to help local families in need.
Some pupils in year 6 then shared a prayer:
Our Harvest Prayer
Thank you for the plentiful harvest that we have received this year. We are grateful for the delicious fruits, vegetables, and grains that have grown in our fields and gardens.
We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our farmers who have worked tirelessly to cultivate these crops. They have nurtured the soil, planted the seeds, and cared for the plants, so that we may have an abundance of food on our tables.
As we gather today to celebrate the harvest, fill our hearts with gratitude and joy. Help us not to take for granted the food we have been given, but to remember those who are less fortunate and may not have enough to eat. Teach us to be generous and willing to share our blessings with others.
We are also aware that the harvest isn't just about food. It represents the results of our hard work, perseverance, and the growth we have experienced throughout the year. Help us to remember this as we reflect on our achievements and set new goals for the future.
Lord, we pray for continued blessings upon our land, that we may have fruitful and abundant harvests in the years to come. Give us the wisdom to be good stewards of our resources, so that we can protect and sustain the earth for future generations.
May we always be thankful for all we have.
In your holy name, we pray.
Two of our collective worship ambassadors then shared a prayer: