Throughout the Autumn term, our themes for class worship have been; Trust, Hope and Endurance.
We started off by looking at the word Hope and what it meant to us.
We read a story all about the 3 Threes.
This story told a tale about what each tree hoped to be when they were a taller and stronger tree. The trees didn't end up being what they originally dremt of, but because of God being by their side and having hope in God, they ended up being something even better - even better because they were so important in Jesus' life.
We then talked about what we hoped for in our future.
This could be something that we wanted to be when we were older. Or, it could be that we hope in our future that we and our family are happy and healthy.
We created our Tree of Hope so that our hopes could keep growing like the trees from our story.
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
- Isaiah 40:31
After looking at hope, we then looked at the word Endurance.
We discussed as a class what this word meant and how we need to use this word when we feel like giving up or if we are finding times tricky or harder than usual.
We noticed how hope and endurance go hand in hand together.
Without hoping for something at the end of it - we wouldn't use endurance to keep going to achieve our hopes and dreams.
We looked at times when maybe we do lack endurance and what we do to keep going. We decided that people's words towards us are sometimes very important for us to keep going.
To help us with our endurance - we created a Wall of Endurance.
These bricks will help us build a wall of endurance when we may be finding something difficult.
We used lots of different Lego bricks to write messages on for us to use for endurance.
"I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
- Philippians 4:13
Following on from this, we then discussed who helps us at times when we may feel like giving up.
We spoke about how important it is to have people to support us and to help us with our endurance when sometimes we may be finding something hard.
We watched the inspiring video of athlete Derek Redmond. Derek pulled a muscle in an important race and looked like he was unable to finish. However, with the support of his dad he limped over the finish line in order for him to complete this important race.
We then created our own paper people chains.
We discussed who are there for us like Derek's dad was there for him.
Some of the people we mentioned were:
While we created our paper people, we listened to the song "You've Gotta Friend In Me" from one of Miss Smith's favourite films - Toy Story.
"My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends"
- John 15:12 - 13
Like our Wall of Endurance represents - words can go a long way to help someone keep going when they are struggling or finding something difficult.
As a class we decided that hearing nice things and good things about ourselves gives us the uplift and the help we need.
So this is what we did! Here are some examples.
We talked about all what we have done over the past few assemblies links well with what this statement is saying.
We then made our own prayers - this could be either thanking God for the endurance we have, thanking God for giving us the people around us to support us and give endurance or maybe asking God for more endurance if we feel like we are struggling at times.
We put these prayers onto keys and created our own set of "keys" to show how the prayer can unlock our potential if they are said.
We then started to look at the word trust
This word we had heard of many times before. In our class we trust our friends with our work sometimes. We trust Miss Smith to look after us throughout the day. We trust Mrs Hodson to look after us when we are out on the playground.
After we had spoke about some examples of trust we looked at this Bible quote.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."
- Luke 16:10
We discussed what this Bible quote meant to us.
It showed us that you want to be that person that can be trusted with little so that they will continue to trust you forever.
If you can be trusted once, you will be trusted again and you don't want to be the person that can't be trusted with anything.
We want to be the person you can put your trust in for anything.
After discussion we then completed a little task which showed that sometimes it is scary to put all your trust in someone but it is a good thing to be that person somebody trusts in!
Moving on from our fun activity of being blindfolded, for our next assembly about trust we talked in a bit more detail who we put our trust in.
Some of our answers were:
We then thought about who we can always put our trust in - someone who we cant see physically ... GOD!
We wrote on a raindrop a time when we put our trust in God - this could be something small, something major, something sad or something happy!
We created raindrops to show that through whatever weather - we can always trust God.
"Lord Almighty; Blessed is the one who trusts in you."
- Psalm 84:12