Collective Worship week of 14th April 2020
Tuesday 14th March
Introducing our new theme.
What does the word friendship make you think about?
Have a read of the quotes about friendship and talk about what they mean with your family.
Have a go at making you own poster - maybe you'd like to email it to us.
Wednesday 15th April
In the book of Proverbs, we are reminded that, ‘There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.’ Proverbs 18:24 The very best friends will be there for us whatever we go through. At the moment, especially when we can’t go about our normal lives, it’s really important to stick together.
At the moment lots of people have been spreading messages of hope and friendship by sharing rainbow pictures. Another way some people show friendship is to make friendship bracelets. We can’t really share these at the moment, but they are fun to make. In the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandham, sisters make special braclets for their brothers. Both Hindu and Sikh people celebrate this festival which is about respect and love for our siblings. Perhaps you can think about what makes members of your family special to you, how their friendship is important to you and make each other a friendship bracelet.
Thursday 16th April
Have a read of the acrostic poem below. Today, I'm challenging you to have a go at writing your own acrostic poem about friendship, maybe you could write one about a friend and use their name in the acrostic.
Finding things to do together
Relying on each other
Impossible on your own
Enjoying being together
Depending on someone else
Sharing hopes and dreams
Happiness and laughter
Friday 17th April
If we were in school today, I’d ask for two volunteers.
I’d give one of them a bar of chocolate and the other a mop.
I’d ask the child with the chocolate to pick a friend and ask if they’d like to share the chocolate with them.
Then I’d ask the other child to pick a friend and ask them if they’d like to mop the toilet floor with them.
Sometimes we go through nice times in real life, like the plate of chocolate: there are birthday parties and holidays and treats to share with our friends. But there are also ‘dirty mop’ times: really sad times or really difficult times that we don't want to go through, but we have to. One way that God helps us through these bad times is by giving us friends to stick with us, even at the worst of times. Just like Naomi and Ruth, let’s listen to their story from the Bible and find out how Ruth stuck by Naomi.
Naomi's husband had died, a long time ago. Naomi was delighted when her son married a beautiful girl called Ruth. The two women were great friends and loved sharing a house together. But then a very sad thing happened: Ruth's husband - Naomi's son - died. And Ruth and Naomi were all on their own.
They were both very sad, but they looked after each other.
Naomi had come from Bethlehem years before, so all her family were in Bethlehem, many miles away. She pointed towards Bethlehem and told Ruth that now her son was dead, she was going back home.
Now Ruth could have stayed with her old family in that country where they were, but she and Naomi were great friends by now, and she couldn't bear to think of old Naomi making the long journey to Bethlehem all on her own.
'I'll come with you!' she said.
'No, no, you stay here with your own people. You'll be a foreigner in Bethlehem,' said old Naomi. But
Ruth wouldn't listen. She knew what a friend had to do. She packed her things, said goodbye to her family and set off on the long journey with Naomi.
And do you know? While they were in Bethlehem, Ruth fell in love with a handsome rich man called Boaz, and they got married. Naomi was delighted all over again, that her dear friend Ruth had another chance to have a family. And indeed Ruth and Boaz did have a baby! And if you look at Ruth's family tree, you'll see that the baby grew up and got married and had a baby, and that baby grew up and got married and had a baby... and so on until in the end, another baby was born in Bethlehem... to another girl who was a long way from home... in a stable...
So our friends are people who stick with us in good times and in bad times, and we should never take them for granted.
Take a moment to think about your special friends. Remember to say 'Thank you for being my friend!' next time you’re in touch with them. Perhaps you can find a way to get in touch with a friend you haven’t talked with in a while.
You might like to use this prayer to a friend who is always with us, even in the toilet brush times of life.
Thank you for being my friend.
Thank you that you laugh with us when we're happy and that you cry with us when we're sad.
Please help us to be true friends to other people even if it means giving up our own comfort, just like Ruth did for Naomi.