Worship and Reflection
In these unprecedented times it is important that we stay connected as a community. Our Christian values of Kindness, Fairness and Hope are not only shared throughout our wider school community, but are going to be crucial on a national and global basis in the days ahead.
This page aims to provide a space to reflect and, if you so wish, share in worship. However, we also need a sense of Joy and Hope, which is why we have a 'song to make you smile' at the bottom of the page
A prayer for the world from the Church of England:
God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.
There are many, many resources online to talk and worship as a family this Easter.
More prayers for children from the Church of England:
Faith is a key word in our school vision.
These prayers have been written for children and may help your child be able to share their worries at this and show their faith.
A prayer at bedtime
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.
A prayer remembering God is with us
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.
'Stuck at Home' are a couple of free resources and stories that have been made available to schools and families. Based around the PSHE subject of looking forward to dreams and goals, the resources provide: an introduction to parents; stories to listen to as a family; discussion points to have and finish with mindful activity called 'Calm Me Time'
For many members of our community you may miss collective worship in our school hall and in our local churches.
For children - with your family you could explore the resources section of the Messy Church website https://www.messychurch.org.uk/ or click below
For adults - On Mothering Sunday, the BBC launched a new programme to help get us through this time of national emergency. BBC 1's Sunday Worship is available on iplayer : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h05p
and was a combination of sermon, reflection and old Songs of Praise footage. The next episode is at the slighter earlier time of 11:30 this Sunday.
You can also find live streaming of church services via the link below:
Follow St Andrew's Landford on Facebook. Vicar David has recorded a message from the rectory dining room.
Song to make you smile:
Mrs Barnes suggested this segment and so had the honour of choosing first. Check out 'Bring me sunshine' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgFd9SKgwEA
This one is dedicated to our busy grown ups keeping on the juggling balls in air at once. Well done everyone!
Song 2 is one we used to sing at school: Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Choir.
Leading worship for your family
We have been sent the links to different resources:
The Diocese of Canterbury has ideas for how children can lead family worship
The Diocese of St Albans have a series of worship ideas in their 'Journeys with Jacob' resources