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9th November 2020

I'm gonna jump up and down (Be happy)

It's Monday, 9nd November 2020 and it’s Mr Keep here. 

Hello everyone. May the Lord be with you.


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


Let's start by remembering our Bible Verse for this term:


"Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

(Colossians 3 v12)


Can you remember our Christian Value for this term? It's included in the verse above....


Our Bible verse for today


They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 

(John 5:12)


Our thought for today


Who has been watching the news recently? Let's see....


  1. Which two people have been battling for the Presidency of the USA recently?
  2. Who won the vote over the weekend?
  3. What was the special name given to this Sunday (yesterday) linked to World War 1 and marked by wearing poppies?
  4. What is the name of the special COVID hospitals which have been set up across the UK?


(Answers at the bottom of the page)


This week gives us an opportunity to look at ordinary people who did extraordinary things because they lived out what they believed. What they achieved continues to influence our lives today through health care, through systems to support the most needy in society and through our education system. We all have better lives because of them and what they believed!


Did you get the question right about the name of the special COVID hospitals? Why do you think they are called the Nightingale Hospitals? 


They are named after Florence Nightingale.  Talk to the person next to you - what do you know about Florence Nightingale?


Take a couple of minutes to find out a bit more about Florence Nightingale:

Florence Nightingale: A Brief History

Or this one which is a bit longer:

The life and work of Florence Nightingale (dramatisation)

For Florence Nightingale, her Christian faith was important to her and impacted on the decisions she made.


I wonder why Florence felt that her work was an important way of living out her faith?


Do you think we could be brave enough to challenge the things that are not right around us as Florence did?


I wonder what Florence meant when she wrote:


"There will be no heaven for me, nor for anyone else, unless we make it, with wisdom carrying out our thoughts into realities... We are to learn, first, what is heaven, and secondly, how to make it. We are to ascertain what is right, and then how to perform it."



Today we have thought about Florence Nightingale, who lived her life in line with her faith. In our verse for today, we remember that Jesus performed miracles of healing which gives us an example to follow in helping others.


Through this, she showed Compassion to those who were suffering. She understood what life was like for those who had experienced the horror of battle and took action to help make the lives of the soldiers better.


Think for a moment what we could do to recognise and help those whose life could be improved with our help.


Our Prayer for Today


Dear God,

Keep our nurses strong and healthy in every area of their lives.

Help them to not grow weary in doing good.

Do not let them doubt themselves and their purpose in life.

Bless their hearts and fill them with your strength whenever they start coming close to being empty.

Help us to show compassion for others like the doctors can nurses of the NHS do for their patience



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. 





  1. Donald Trump & Joe Biden
  2. President-Elect Joe Biden 
  3. Remembrance Sunday
  4. The Nightingale Hospitals