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17th June 2020

It's Wednesday, 17th June 2020. 

Hello everyone, it’s Mr Keep here. 

May the Lord be with you.

We are Bishop Ridley, we are One Community, Learning & Growing Together, Sharing the Love of God.


This week we are going to be thinking about the Christian Value of Courage.

Our Bible story for today is David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17) and Psalm 23


Our thought for the day

I wonder why David had to show such great courage? I wonder if your worries and anxieties can sometimes feel like ‘giants’? Not necessarily a ‘giant’ like a very large person, but perhaps an issue which feels very concerning.


Take a few moments to share some of the things which might be on your mind. You may like to draw them or write them down. We often talk about ‘Tell 5 People’ in school. If there is a ‘giant’ which is worrying you, you can find someone you trust to talk to about your ‘giants’. 


It is always better to share you worries with someone else. It is ok to feel worried or anxious about these things. Many Christians believe that God promises to help, guide, strengthen and fill them with courage, just as he did David. I wonder if you need some courage to face your ‘giants’ like David did? 


When David said he would fight Goliath, his eldest brother was angry and said that David was conceited (“cheeky brat” Good News Translation). David then went to others in the army and each time he got the same answer. I wonder how this story might have ended if David had given up when his brother was angry with him? 


Our song for today & Reflection Time 

Our song is called The Lord’s My Shepherd. Some of our songs are ones to dance and sing along to; today’s song is perhaps more useful to us to listen to while we reflect.

This song is based on Psalm 23 and is a modern version that has given Christians courage in difficult times for many generations.

The Lord's My Shepherd - Stuart Townend

Think about how David kept being told that he couldn’t possibly defeat Goliath, but he kept on trying.


I wonder if it might be a reminder of the story of David and Goliath? I wonder if it might be a reminder that small things can make a big difference? I wonder if it might be a reminder that a little bit of courage and encouragement can go a long way? 

Our prayer for today
Dear God, 
You know that each of us feels frightened sometimes. 
Frightened about what will happen, concerned for those we love and for our school community. 
Help us to remember that you are there with us, 
Help us to remember that you will be with us today, and in the future. 
Give me courage to do the big things, the little things and the difficult things that will make a difference to someone else today. 

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.