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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Faith Council

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Collective Worship about Black Lives Matter

Introduction

It is still a very important activity to continue practising Collective Worship or a time of reflection whilst some of us are at school and some of us are away from school.

 

Our simple acronym for prayer or reflection time will help you to think about or hope for the many different people and places that are affected by what is happening in the world. We should even think about how everything is affecting ourselves and our families too.

 

The acronym is based on our JC PROMISES, with each letter encouraging you to reflect or pray about something different. Our first theme was the present coronavirus pandemic we are all experiencing, and that theme for thought is still there and relevant. But, the new acronym theme for thought is all about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

 

Over the coming weeks, accompanying the JC PROMISES acronym, are a set of photos. Some of the pictures and the stories on the news are quite hard to think about. The following famous quote will help you to look at what you see on the news or on social media differently and more positively. Use it for our new images too.

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news. My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Mister Rogers

 

What to do

Use our JC PROMISES acronym or our photographs or both together to help you to reflect or pray about the theme of Black Lives Matter. I have included a short introduction to each new word, to help you to understand what each word might mean in the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as being able to use it correctly in your thoughts, reflections and prayers.

Pause on Purpose? 

These are there to help you consider what it is you might reflect, pray and think about.

 

There are a lot of letters and photographs to get through at once, so we are going to take one letter from the acronym and a photograph at a time. On the Faith Council page, a different letter and photograph will be added every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the remainder of our Summer term at school. There will also be a reminder for all the new letters, words and photographs placed on your class pages. The gap between Tuesday and Thursday entries is there to hopefully encourage you to think about what is there more deeply and in different ways.

 

WC – 29th June 2020

JC PROMISES

A word for Thursday 2nd July 2020

R is for Reform

This word means change and more importantly, change in how the Government makes plans to lead us and keep us safe and well. In America, reform is happening that instructs the Police to treat Black people with more care. But this needs to happen all over the world. People have been protesting to show their compassion for the Black Lives Matter movement but also to show that change needs to happen. Reform is needed to make our society safer.

Pause on Purpose for Reform

What reform do you think needs to happen? What parts of our society needs to change? Can you reflect, think about and pray for these important things?

 

A photograph for Thursday 2nd July 2020

 

 

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news. My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

Mister Rogers

 

What thoughts, reflections or prayers could you make about the Black Lives Matter situation, using this quote and this image?

 

How might this quote help you to observe this photograph more effectively? 

 

Pause on purpose about our photograph:

Where might there be the suggestion of reform in this image? 

What words come to mind when you see this image? 

What words of hope and unity can you see in it ? 

What other words from our JC PROMISES reflection time acronym would this one fit into?

 

JC PROMISES

A word for Tuesday 30th June 2020

P is for Police 

The Police have a job to protect and to serve. This is how they help to keep us safe. But, in America, some very wrong decisions have been made, especially within the Black community. This has happened more than once, and it is really giving the Police a bad reputation and that is sad because not all Police make decisions that put people’s lives at risk. The way that the Police operate is even being questioned in our country too.

Pause on Purpose for Police

We need to help by thinking about how good the Police should be and are. Can you offer these thoughts and prayers to help make these important people take their responsibility to keep Black people safe, more seriously?

 

A photograph for Tuesday 30th June 2020

 

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news. My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

Mister Rogers

 

What thoughts, reflections or prayers could you make about the Black Lives Matter situation, using this quote and this image?

 

How might this quote help you to observe this photograph more effectively? 

 

Pause on purpose about our photograph:

Where are the Police in this image? 

What words come to mind when you see this image? 

What words of hope and unity can you see in it ? 

What other words from our JC PROMISES reflection time acronym would this one fit into?

 

WC - 22nd June 2020

 JC PROMISES

A word for Thursday 25th June 2020

C is for Compassion.

If you are in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, then you are feeling this. Compassion means showing concern for something that isn’t right or feeling sorry when someone is suffering because of how they are being treated.

Pause on Purpose for Compassion

What does the Black Lives Matter movement make you think about? If you could change it, what would you do? Maybe this is something you could think or prayer about; that change will come through everyone being compassionate.

 

A photograph for Thursday 25th June 2020

 

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news. My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

Mister Rogers

 

What thoughts, reflections or prayers could you make about the Black Lives Matter situation, using this quote and this image?

 

How might this quote help you to observe this photograph more effectively? 

 

Pause on Purpose about our photograph

Where is compassion being shown in this image? 

What words come to mind when you see this images? 

What words of hope and unity can you see in it ? 

What words from our JC PROMISES reflection time acronym would each one fit into?

 

 JC PROMISES

A word for Tuesday 23rd June 2020

J is for Justice.

If people are accused of doing something wrong, they have the right to be treated fairly. This way their behaviour can be investigated correctly to find out if they are guilty or not. Justice is an important ingredient for our communities to work properly. Black people haven’t always been treated fairly and justice means that they have the right to live safely in our communities, just like everyone else. 

Pause on Purpose for Justice

Can you reflect on how good a friend you can be in your community today?

 

A photograph for Tuesday 23rd June 2020

 

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news. My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

Mister Rogers

 

What thoughts, reflections or prayers could you make about the Black Lives Matter situation, using this quote and this image?

 

How might this quote help you to observe this photograph more effectively? 

 

Pause in Purpose about our photograph

Where might justice be in this image? 

What words come to mind when you see this images? 

What words of hope and unity can you see in it ? 

What words from our JC PROMISES reflection time acronym would each one fit into?

Spirited Arts Competition

Closing date - 31st July

 

Do you have the creativity to win an annual competition?

Could you design an art piece that represents your beliefs, whether that is religious or non-religious?

 

If so, then this is for you.

 

Every year, there is a competition held by the RE Today magazine & NATRE (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) to find the best piece of art that best displays or represents a specific big question.

 

An Introduction

 

 

Inspiration

 

A winner from last year. This winner was 7 years old

 

This web address presents previous winners. It's a great resource to see what others have done and maybe inspire your own entry.

 

https://www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/projects/spirited-arts/spirited-arts-gallery/2019/?ThemeID=66

 

Imagine you are a judge for this competition. Look at ten or more examples from your age group, and select your three favourites for ‘gold, silver and bronze’ medals. Make a 3-minute pencil sketch of the three you like best, and say why you gave them prizes. You can do these in the Home School books your teacher gave to you at the start of lockdown.

 

Themes

 

These are the themes or BIG questions that you could base your artwork on. You must choose one theme or BIG question in order to enter the competition.

 

 

 

You never know what might happen or who might see your work

 

 

How to enter

 

 

The 2020 competition has a closing date on 31st July.

 

Judging will take place over the summer and prizes of £25 vouchers will be awarded to the winners.

 

To see where to send your entries to, click on the official website. There is also much more information about the competition.

 

If you need help with your idea or entry, then please contact me on the school blog or when we get back to school.

 

Good luck

 

Mr P 11/5/2020

 

 

Collective Worship about Covid-19

 

I think it is still a very important activity to continue practising Collective Worship or a time of reflection while we are away from school.

 

So to help, I have come up with a simple acronym prayer or reflection to help you think about or hope for, the many different people and places that are affected by what is happening in the world. It even includes a time to think about ourselves.

 

The acronym is based on our JC PROMISES, with each letter encouraging you to reflect or pray about something different.

 

J - stands for John Clifford School. Here think about our school. You could have a thought of thanks for the teachers still at school as key workers OR have a heart of hope for when this is all over and we can come back to school safe  and well

 

C - stands for Community. Who in our community could we remember? Maybe HOPE cafe?

 

P - stands for People who are important to you. This could be your family and friends.

 

R - stands for Round the World. There are many people around the world struggling  or like us, having their lives changed. Maybe you could think of some places that really need extra help or who need an extra positive thought or prayer right now.

 

O - stands for On my street. Are there people on your street that you could think about? Maybe an elderly person who needs a positive thought or prayer. It is always good to think of others at this time.

 

M - stands for Myself. This means YOU. What do you need or want right now? What could you be thankful or hopeful for?

 

I - stands for In need or In Isolation. Do you know of anyone who really needs something? It could be anything that would make their life better. This could be a good heart of hope moment. Or, do you know of anyone who is in isolation? Maybe have a positive thought or prayer for them. If you don't know of anybody, this could be a time to remember EVERYONE in isolation right now who might be worried.

 

S - stands for Supermarkets. Here, you could have a pause on purpose to think of all the people working in supermarkets or who deliver groceries around the country. They, like all key workers, do a great job. It could also be a time to be thankful for food and food parcels that people receive.

 

E - stands for the Emergency Services. This includes our wonderful NHS workers, the Police and Fire services. What a great thought of thanks this one is. It could also be a time to hope for all that these people need to do their jobs properly, effectively and safely.

 

S - stands for the Sick. This doesn't just mean those unwell with coronavirus but also anybody known to you who might be sick with something else too. This is a good opportunity to have a huge heart of hope for them.

 

I hope this helps you to think about people you don't know that well, your family and friends, the important people helping us through what it is we are ALL going through and yourself.

 

I will be thinking of you All during my reflective prayerful times.

 

Mr P

 

 

 

Collective Worship can be called many things. We call it 'Together Time', 'Thinking Time' as well as Collective Worship.

 

The Faith Council came up with the visuals that the whole school uses at Collective Worship times. Each assembly should have a Collective Worship theme that reflects something relevant about our world or community, using the Nottinghamshire SACRE Collective Worship best practise guidelines, and will invite all children and staff, irrespective of religious or non-religious background, to join in.

 

These are the 6 gestures that might encourage everybody's participation. Our school is very good at using them and the Faith Council are at hand to share and explain them should anyone require that.

 

Sharing ourselves

Serving each other

Succeeding together 

 

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