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9th June 2020

It's Tuesday, 9th 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 Hope


Our song for today is “This Little Light of Mine 


Our Bible passage for today is The Story of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13 v 31-32 )

31 Then Jesus told another story: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed. A man plants the seed in his field. 32 That seed is the smallest of all seeds. But when it grows, it is one of the largest garden plants. It becomes a tree, big enough for the wild birds to come and make nests in its branches.”


Our thought for the day

What does a mustard seed look like? Can you remember seeing one before?


Now, if your memory is good and you think back to the time before lockdown, you might remember that we looked at a picture of a mustard seed every day in school. Can you remember where? 


It's on the slide we look at  at the start of collective worship each day.

The Bible verse for today is very important for our school in particular, as this is the Bible story which guides our school vision. Each day we say together that we are: 

One Community, Learning & Growing Together, Sharing the Love of God.

And we base this on the knowledge that each of us is like a mustard seed. We begin tiny:

-    When we start learning, we don’t have many skills or much knowledge
-    As a member of our community, we can feel small and unimportant.

However, by living our lives in line with our school vision; by working as a community, by putting effort into our learning and by showing love to each other, we can grow; just like a seed grows:

Seed germination to growth time lapse filmed over 10 weeks

We believe that each of us can grow as a learner. We can learn from our mistakes and become wiser. We can have a positive impact on our community and we can each flourish.

Reflection Time 
What brings you hope? What are you hopeful for? 

You might start to think about the latest computer game or console (I heard on the news that images of the PS5 will be released soon!) but take a moment to think of events and actions which might impact on lots of people and which can bring peace and hope to others.

Try to think about a way that you could bring hope to those around you.

Christian’s believe that hope generates energy and sustains people through hard times. Christians hope is based on God’s word, The Bible and God’s promise of salvation for anyone who believes in God and asks for their sins to be forgiven.


A prayer for today

Today, we have thought about hope. Could you say your own prayer about hope today? You could say:
•    Thank you
•    Sorry
•    Please
Or you could join with our prayer below:

Dear God

Thank you that even in these times of lockdown we can still find hope around us. 
We ask for your forgiveness for times when we are unkind and might make other people feel sad.
Please help us to stay hopeful even when things can seem hopeless. Help us to be positive and help others to be hopeful too.
Please help us to hold on to times of happiness, so that we can remember them if we are feeling sad.



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.