Collective Worship week of 13 July
This is the final week of our Collective Worship theme of Respect. This week we're thinking about God's never-ending love shared with us by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit - the Trinity.
This day may we know
The Compassion of God the Father,
The strength of God the Son and
The humility of God the Holy Spirit.
Monday 13th July
This week we’re focusing on ‘Trinity’. The Trinity is a mystery. In the Bible, God is described in three different ways – but as one God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
At the start of worship in school we light candles, sometimes we light candles and say some words to help us remember some of the characteristics of God.
What do you think God looks like? It’s an interesting question and nobody knows, but I wonder what you think? Mrs Crane was wondering what God looks like with children in the Reception Bubble last week. One of the children drew this picture. What do you think the artist has told us about their idea of God? I think this shows us God is good at listening, he’s got a kind face but he also looks like he’s thinking hard. God looks like he has a ‘knowing smile’. I wonder if this is God in heaven, surrounded by stars?
We have an idea about what Jesus might have looked like. We know where Jesus grew up, in what is now Israel and the West Bank. Some of our older children might like to read this article from the BBC
When we think about God the Holy Spirit as a dove, or wind, as a fire. You can hear how the disciples first experienced the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost here. (More aimed at Key Stage 2)
Look at the picture of the icon of the Holy Trinity from a Greek Orthadox artist. Which do you think is God the Father, which is God the Son and how is the Holy Spirit shown? How do you know?
Today, why don’t you draw what you think God looks like – try showing God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday 14th July
Yesterday we thought about the Trinity and how God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are shown in art.
Today, we’re going to be thinking about a different type of art based on the Trinity. This type of art is different, it’s a pattern-based art. We’re going to be looking at Celtic patterns.
Have a look at the picture of the simplest Celtic knot – why do you think this is a Trinity knot?
What other words can you think of that use the prefix ‘tri’? What does ‘tri’ mean?
The Trinity is a mystery because it’s a way the bible describes God as being three-in-one. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
The Celtic knot is three equal parts, you can clearly see each part. But it’s also one whole. All the parts of the Celtic knot are equally important and the pattern wouldn’t be complete if any of it was missing. Just like what Christians believe about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There are many Celtic knot designs on ancient crosses.
The Celts were an ancient people who lived in Britain long before the Romans invaded (so long before Jesus lived). They lived in settlements of simple huts built around a fire that symbolised the heart of the community. The fire was always kept alight and the people gathered around it to eat together and retell stories and poems which they had learned and handed down from generation to generation.
Their culture and art is distinctive and recognisable. Their respect for the world around them is woven into their art. They saw God’s love in creation and the beauty of our world. Their designs are often found on crosses. The designs don’t have a start or a finishing point, so Christians began using the knot art to demonstrate the Trinity and God’s love.
Wednesday 15th July
Today, Brooke is sharing Collective Worship with us. You can see her video here.
Thursday 16th July
Why not join the Oak Academy’s national assembly today?
Friday 17th July
Today I’m going to share the words of a doxology. That’s a song of praise to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It’s a blessing for us all and one that we’ve sung in school and you may have heard in other places too.
Draw your own ‘song of praise
You can listen to a version of the song on You Tube here.