As a Church School we celebrate a collective act of worship every day. We are very proud of our Worship which takes place in the hall. We have a small altar, light candles, sign the Trinity, say prayers and sing a hymn or song together. All classes have a chance to present a worship and parishioners and visiting ministers regularly lead our collective worship. We welcome parents and families in to share our FRIDAY FAMILY WORSHIP every Friday morning at 9.00am. (This is on hold at the moment due to current Government guidance but we are holding virtual Celebration Worships each Friday) Some of our parents and parishioners also serve refreshments afterwards.
At the beginning of each Worship we say and sign the trinity and light three candles. In the name of the Father, in the name of the son and in the name of the Holy Spirit.
Worship is such an important part of our lives at St Barnabas. Our children say that Worship is a time of reflection, for praying and singing to God. They say that in Worship they feel peaceful, as one family and they feel that God is with them. Please have a look at some of our Worships this term that have been led by Mrs Ham, Rev David, WOW group, class teachers and individual classes.
These are our Christian Values that were chosen by the children. St Barnabas was known as an encourager so we try to be like St Barnabas and encourage others.
Each week in Celebration Worship class teachers present the class with a Christian Values certificate that they have been focusing on that week and how they have demonstrated that Value.
Autumn 1- Week 8
Five ways to wellbeing
Autumn 1- Week 7
Autumn 1- Week 6
‘Hello Yellow’ Celebration Worship- World Mental Health Day
Bishop of Blackburn’s Harvest Appeal
Autumn 1 – Week 5
Please click the following link to watch our Virtual Friday Family Worship
Year 4 National Poetry Day Worship
Autumn 1- Week 4
International Day of Peace
Today we prayed for peace in our school, community and world. We reflected on how we can be peacemakers and help to bring peace to our world.
International Day of Peace– Whole School Virtual Worship
Please click the following link to watch our Year 3 Class Worship on Peace in recognition of International Day of Peace last week. All year groups have watched this in a virtual worship in school last week.
National Day of Prayer for Schools
National Day of Prayer for Schools -Whole School Virtual Worship
Today we prayed for all of our schools in our Cidari Multi-academy Trust, the schools in our local school improvement group and our local high schools. We lit candles for each school and asked God to bless all of the children and staff in each school. Rev David and Lorraine joined us and David blessed us all and led us in prayer for all of the schools in our nation.
Have you ever been courageous? What happened? How did you feel?
Why were you showing courage? What does it mean to be full of courage?
Our new value for the beginning of the year is Courage. As part of collective worship and class reflection we are going to be looking at courage and courageous people.
Did you know that our word courage comes from French word for heart? Take heart is another way of saying be courageous.
Being courageous doesn’t mean that you aren’t scared. Many courageous people have been scared but they stood up for what was right anyway.
There are a lot of courageous people in the Bible. Can you think of any stories where they might be somebody who showed a lot of courage at a difficult time?
In the book of Joshua, in the Bible, it says ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Jesus often said to people “Don’t be afraid.” That sentence turns up 365 times in the Bible! Christians believe that when things seem difficult and hard that they can rely on God to strengthen their courage.
How can you show courage at school?
If you want to find out more about courage have a look at our home school values sheet which has fun activities that you can do as a family.
Our school prayer
O Lord, bless our school
That working together,
And playing together,
We may learn to serve you,
And to serve one another,
For Lent this year, we have set the children and staff a ’40 Acts of Generosity Challenge’. This is where we all give things back rather than give things up. They are all simple acts of generosity that we are hopeful will become habit after Lent and will lead to children feeling happier and more included in and out of school. They are in the following different categories: gratitude, care for the environment, giving, school community, kindness, new friends and doing the right thing. Hopefully they will also share this generosity and kindness throughout their lives e.g. when they go to high school, at home and in the community, the workplace etc.
Each class will focus on the 40 different acts of generosity and kindness on the attached schools challenge card in the lead up to Easter (it doesn’t include Sundays). Our WOW (Worship Our Way) group will monitor and celebrate the acts of generosity in Friday Family Worship. Please encourage your child to complete these acts at home too. There is also a family 40 acts of generosity challenge wall chart too which you might want to take part in as a family.
“Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
At St Barnabas we are proud of our caring, Christian ethos, underpinned by the Christian values that permeate our teaching and learning and shape every member of our school family. Each half term we focus on a Christian value and explore how it can change the way we live our daily lives.
Our WOW group conducted a survey and we all agreed that the values we feel express our school family are:
Courage – Saint Barnabas was a great ‘encourager’,
Trust, Forgiveness, Friendship,
Service, Generosity and Respect