Christianity at Newburgh School

 

As a Church of England primary school Christian values are at the heart of everything we do. We have six Gospel Values:-

 

Respect

Trust

Forgiveness

Hope

Thankfulness

Friendship

 

We look at one Gospel Value per term. Children are introduced to the Gospel Value for that term during a half day session at the start of term and they are then encouraged to model this value in school.

 

The Gospel Value for the Autumn term is THANKFULNESS

Our Local Missional Leader is Suzanne Finch. Suzanne supports our school in bringing worship to our school and community.

Thought for Advent

 

By Suzanne Finch 27.11.20

I'm not sure about you but I feel like I have spent most of this year waiting! Waiting to see friends and family, waiting to hear the news, waiting to see what I am allowed to do and this week waiting to find out what tier we will be in and how we may be able to celebrate Christmas. It's been fairly relentless.

This Sunday is Advent Sunday and the Church begins another period of waiting and preparation to get ready for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. It's a time of looking forward and remembering the greatest gift that was ever given to us, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The birth of Jesus was prophesised a long time before it happened. Isaiah wrote 'Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel' (Ch7 verse 14). Immanuel means 'God is with us' God is not someone that we have to wait for. God was with his people back in the time of Isaiah and is still with us today. In fact, one of the last assurances that Jesus gave to his disciples while he was on earth was 'And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.' (Matthew 28 verse 20) telling them and us he will be with us in the future and forever.

As we prepare for Christmas and the excitement that it brings let's take time to remember the true meaning of the season and to be thankful that we don't have to wait for God. He is here with us right now and always will be.

 

Loving God,

Thank you for this time of year and the fun it brings.

In the excitement help us to remember the greatest gift to us all was your son Jesus to be our Saviour.

Thank you that you are always by our side and we never have to wait for your love.

Amen

Thought for Remembrance

 

By Suzanne Finch 11.11.20

November is a time for remembering. To begin with we have All Saints day where we remember the saints, known and unknown, who have had an impact on our lives and Christian journey. We then have All Souls day where we remember people that we have known and loved but who are no longer with us. Finally, we have Remembrance Day where we remember those who have died fighting in war and who have given their lives to protect us and give us freedom.

It is important to look back to events of the past and give thanks for the people who have given their lives for others and for those who have had influence on us. It's also good to remember events of the past and, where there have been mistakes, to learn from them to avoid repetition. Aristotle described the memory as 'the scribe of the soul' as it informs and impacts our decision making. The memories we recall today should drive us on to work for peace and harmony in the world.

The words of a hymn regularly sung on Remembrance Day are as follows:

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne,

Still may we dwell secure.

Sufficient is thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.

These words remind us that God doesn't change and promises to be with us always. Deuteronomy 33 verse 27 tells us 'The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.' As we take time to remember today lets thank God for those who have given their lives for the freedom of others and for those people that God has given to us personally to help and support through life. Let's ask God to help us work together for peace knowing whatever world events occur God is with us.

 

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for those people who gave their lives so that others could have freedom and live in peace. Help us to learn from the past and to live in harmony with others and work together to show your love to the world.

Thank you for those people who have had an influence on our lives and supported and loved us in times of difficulty.

Help us to remember that you do not change and whatever goes on in the world that you are in control.

Thank you that we are safe with you.

Amen

Half Term Thought

By Suzanne Finch 23.10.20:

It was wonderful to be back in school on Thursday for the first time since February being with Y1 and Y2 in their Harvest worship. I was so impressed with the way the children had adapted to a new way of working and the way the school was organised. When Mrs Fowler and I arranged the date for this we weren't even sure if it would take place.

The new way of working and the fact that we have reached half term safely is down to all of you, teachers, children and parents, and the teamwork that has taken place. It hasn't been easy, I know, and doesn't look like it will get easier any time soon.

There are several examples of teamwork in the Bible as God didn't create humans to be alone. In Luke 10 Jesus sends his disciples out in twos to share his Good News knowing that there would be difficult times so that they could support and comfort each other. As this pandemic continues and lockdown rules change we need to support each other and remember the words God spoke in Isaiah 41 verse 10, 'So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.'

All we can do is trust God and pray for an end to COVID and ask for His protection. As the psalmist says (Psalm 5 verse 11) 'But let all who take refuge in God rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.'

 

Lord Jesus thank you that you love and care for each one of us.

Thank you that you are with us and promise to help us when we ask.

We pray for an end to COVID and that cases will reduce and a way of treating symptoms will be found.

Help us to support and encourage each other and give us strength to deal with the changes we face.

Amen

Harvest Celebrations

 

Thought and Prayer for Harvest by Suzanne Finch 16.10.20:

As I drove into Wigan earlier this week in the autumn sunshine I was struck by how beautiful creation is at this time of year. I love the changing colours of the leaves and the crisp sound the fallen ones make underfoot, the way the sun shines through the trees and the colour of the sky.

After the year that we have with all it's changes it's good to know that nature and creation carry on.

At this time of year we give thanks for the Harvest and for God's many gifts to us. Everything good comes from God. In James 1 verse 17 we are told 'Every perfect gift is from Him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.'

Maybe this year, perhaps more than ever, we have come to appreciate what we have with the COVID restrictions limiting our travel, not being able to see friends and family, fewer social activities and right back at the beginning a supermarket shortage of some foods and toilet paper. These events have also highlighted the number of people who are involved in getting our food to us and the economic impact on them when things change.

As we celebrate Harvest lets take a moment to thank God for his many gifts to us and also be grateful that he does not change. In the words of Psalmist 'Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.' (Psalm 136 verse 1)

 

Thank you Lord Jesus for the harvest and all the good gifts that you give us.

Thank you for those who work in the fields, on farms and in factories, making the food we eat

Help us to appreciate what we have and to help those not as fortunate when we can.

Thank you that you do not change and your love for us never ends

Amen

National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report (SIAMS)

 

As a church school we are routinely inspected by the Diocese in addition to other statutory inspections. At our last inspection we were graded as Outstanding.

A copy of our latest report can be found here.