In our Blue Bubble this week, we have been learning all about growth. We have painted petals and leaves to create sunflower collages. They look beautiful!
Friday 19th June 2020
If you have three candles available, light these now as you say the greeting below.
We have gathered together to worship God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and to learn more about the time that Jesus visited Martha and Mary.
Today we are thinking about the value of peace.
Can you remember a time when someone very special came to your house?
Did you expect their visit? If so, I wonder what preparations were made before they arrived.
When they arrived, what happened? Did you sit and chat? Perhaps you shared a meal together?
How did you show your visitor that they were special to you?
How do you think your visitor would had felt if you were too busy doing jobs around the house to spend time with them?
One day Jesus visited some friends who were dear to him. Their names were Martha and Mary. Martha and Mary were sisters who lived in the same house. Both of them were excited that Jesus was coming. They wanted to make him feel welcome. This poem helps us to imagine what the scene might have been like in Martha and Mary’s house on the day of that special visit.
Poem: The Big Day
By Anita Dobson
“Jesus is coming to our house today!”
Called Martha to Mary,”And by the way,
I thought we’d have pasta and garlic bread-
Or maybe a barbeque instead?”
“Can you wash the salad and sweep the floor?
I’ll start on the fish – should we send out for more?
We must wash them up, and where’s the oil?
Turn down that pan! Or the fish will spoil!”
“Calm down,”said Mary,”The teacher is here!
He won’t mind waiting, do not fear.
He won’t want a banquet, or lots of fuss.
Let’s not waste his time spent with us!”
“I’ll rest in a minute, when everything’s done,”
Said Martha. And then I’ll join in the fun!
I just need to wash, Oh, and fill the urn.
And check the fish – it’s starting to burn!”
“Oh Martha,” cried Mary, ”stop fussing please,
I’ll help with everything after he leaves.
He’s settled already! So come and rest!
For time spent with Jesus is surely the best.”
When Martha came to listen at last,
The time to be with Jesus had passed.
Martha wept: It was all too late!
She ran out to him at the garden gate.
“Oh Jesus!” she cried, “I wanted to hear,
And know your peace and feel you near!”
Jesus smiled, and felt her sorrow.
“Dear Martha,” he said, “Come listen tomorrow.”
WE are now going to do some mindful meditation: Peace
Say the words slowly, leaving time for everyone to think about them carefully.
Sit in a way that is comfortable to you.
Become aware of your breathing.
As you breathe in, the air fills your lungs and your shoulders gently rise. As you breathe out, they fall.
Spend a moment just thinking about your breathing.
Perhaps you can smell the aroma of the candles that you lit at the start of this assembly.
Close your eyes and continue to be aware of the perfume as it fills our worship space.
Breathe in and ten let it go as you breathe out.
Sometimes people light candles in their home when a guest is coming. It helps them feel calm and it makes the room welcoming.
Imagine, like Martha and Mary that you are waiting for a special person to arrive.
The person is Jesus.
You have made everything ready and you are sitting looking out of the window. Waiting.
Then he is there with you. There in your house.
Now everything is at peace. Everything feels right.
What will you talk about with Jesus and what do you think he might say to you?
How might you spend the time together?
Spend a few moments with him in your imagination.
Now it is time for Jesus to go.
He smiles and thanks you for your hospitality and welcome.
Then he has gone.
Your home still feels his peace, even though he is no longer there.
Be aware of the aroma that you can still smell.
Open your eyes as we sing the song Peace, perfect peace.
Let us join together to say Woodbury Salterton’s school prayer:
I thank you God our Father,
For giving me another day.
I offer you the things I do
And everything, I think and say.
With your Son and Holy Spirit
Helping me in all I do,
I want to use, your gifts to me,
To show you Father, I love you.
PROSERVE – SCHOOL UNIFORM
We’ve made our website as informative and helpful as possible. We’ve added actual garment measurements for the majority of items with guidance on how to choose the right sizes. A ‘uniform shopping list’ and a printable tape measure are being added in the next few days. Parents/carers can either order online for collection in the shop, or use the size guides on the website to decide what they want to buy in the shop.
We’ve made our shop in Exmouth ‘Covid Secure’ and are open both for customers’ to pick up click and collect orders, and for walk-in customers wanting to buy uniform. Pupils won’t, however, be able to try anything on but we do have size samples behind the counter that we can show parents/carers. Parents/carers can also return/exchange anything they buy that’s the wrong size and we’ll quarantine all returns for 72 hours before re-stocking.
Well done Elanor for your fantastic efforts with your home learning. A great re-telling of Jack and the beanstalk and measuring of some of the plants in your garden. Keep up the hard work!
These photos show a couple of children in our Blue Bubble busy painting butterfly pictures.
It was super to welcome back more pupils to Woodbury Salterton last week. The pupils and staff have adjusted to their new learning environment and new routines brilliantly – thank you for all your hard work with this. The school is now split into three bubbles – Yellow, Blue and Red. Some of their learning from last week can be seen in the latest news section of the website.
Well done to you all,
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The sites below offer ideas for Literacy activities. They often start with a stimulus and have accompanying activities for children to work on.