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Our Value for the Half Term

Our Value for the first half of the autumn term 2016-17 is GENEROSITY.

 

God's generosity is best described as 'Grace', love given freely without limit or conditions. This generosity, once experienced and acknowledged by an individual can, in turn, release a generous spirit towards other. 

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Our value for the second half of the summer term 2015-16 is WISDOM.

 

Christians believe that true wisdom comes from God. As a believer grows in faith so wisdom will increase. In the Bible wisdom is seen both as a gift from God and a characteristic of God. In his parables Jesus taught that placing trust in God and recognising what is of value in life brings fulfilment.

(Values for Life, Jumping Fish)

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Our value for the first half of the summer term 2015-16 is RESPECT & REVERENCE.

 

The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, presents all people with a choice. Those whose response is one of respect are acknowledging God's greatness, authority and involvement in the world. This will extend to respect for the created order, including humanity made in the image of God. Reverence takes this response a step further and will include aspects of worship such as awe and wonder, surrender and sacrifice.

(Jumping Fish - Diocese of Gloucester)

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Our value for the second half of the spring term 2015-16 is HUMILITY.

 

Christians believe that Jesus was both servant and king. He demonstrated this through his life, death and resurrection. Jesus taught his disciples what it means to be truly humble. Christians believe that they can serve God by demonstrating humility through their attitudes and actions. This approach to life runs contrary to many role models presented to children in the media and popular culture. (Jumping Fish - Values for Life)

 

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Our value for the first half of the spring term 2015-16 is TRUTHFULNESS.

 

Christians believe that truth is revealed in the Bible and supremely in the person and life of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way in which he means us to live.

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Our value for the second half of the autumn term 2015-16 is HOPE.

 

Christians see their hope in God's promise "that love and goodness have, and will ultimately, overcome all evil". This hope is manifested in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

 

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Our value for the first half of the autumn term 2015-16 is THANKFULNESS.

 

Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in many different ways in all aspects of their life. They know that their response to this provision should be one of thankfulness and praise.

 

Psalm 136:6 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

 

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Our value for the second half of the summer term 2015 is PEACE.

 

Jesus said “Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!" (Matthew 5:9, Good News Bible). Peace-making actions can range from helping to resolve conflict to creating spaces for stillness. Peace, in the sense of total well-being, is God's intention for the whole of creation, and is a promise that awaits ultimate fulfilment.

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Our value for the first half of the summer term is FORGIVENESS.

 

Forgiveness in the Bible is a prominent theme. The act of forgiving does not come easy for most of us. Our natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection when we've been injured. We don't naturally overflow with mercy, grace and understanding when we've been wronged.

 

Why must we forgive?

 

The best reason to forgive is because Jesus commanded us to forgive. We learn from Scripture, if we don't forgive, neither will we be forgiven:

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-16 NIV)

 

We also forgive so that our prayers will not be hindered:


And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25 NIV)

In summary, we forgive out of obedience to the Lord. It is a choice, a decision we make. However, as we do this "forgiving," we discover the command is in place for our own good, and we receive the reward of our forgiveness—freedom.

(http://christianity.about.com/od/whatdoesthebiblesay/a/bibleforgivenes.htm)

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Our value for the first half of the spring term 2014-15 is SERVICE:

 

Many people are curious about what the Bible has to say about service. God expects those who love Him to provide service to others. By providing service to others, we become God's hands reaching out to others. God has a special place in His heart for the most vulnerable members of society and charges his followers with providing service to them. The purpose of service is so God can reach others through our hands. In II Cor. 9:12-13, the Bible says that the service we provide not only meets needs but expresses thanks to God and leads others to praise God. The Bible also says that service builds up the "body of Christ." (See Eph. 4:12.) In I Cor. 12, the Bible explains that there are different kinds of service (v. 4) and then identifies many ways to provide service to others. The Bible emphasises the importance of providing service to others. When asked how to inherit eternal life, Jesus indicated that the two key points were loving God and loving your neighbour as yourself. (See Luke 10:27.) The parable of "The Good Samaritan" is a good example of how the person who loves his neighbour is the one who provides service to him (see Luke 10:25-37). Everyone is your neighbour and you love your neighbour by providing him service when he is in need. According to the Bible, Jesus spent most of his ministry providing service to others. He performed numerous miracles, such as healing the blind, which met physical needs, but he also provided service in meeting emotional needs. Jesus' interaction with the woman at the well is a wonderful example of this (see John 4:1-26). The Bible instructs us to follow Jesus' example (see I Cor. 1:11).

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_4572105_what-does-bible-say-service.html

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Our value for the second half of the autumn term 2014-15 is TRUST:

 

Trust is the basis of all stable relationships, including a person's relationship with God. It is rooted in truth, and will grow through consistent experiences of reliabiltiy and integrity. God's commitment to humanity is seen in his willingness to trust ordinary people with the carrying out of his purposes through history.

(Values for Life - Jumping Fish Ltd, Diocese of Gloucester)

 

As adults we need to consider:

 

  • How do we show children in practical ways what it means to have trust in others?
  • How can we demonstrate sensitively the repercussions when trust is broken?

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Our value for the first half of the autumn term 2014-15 is RESPONSIBILITY:

 

The Bible teachers that life is a gift from God, and it is our responsibility to use it in the best way that we can.

Jesus told several parables in which responsibility is at the centre. For example, the parable of the talents: 

"Before a man went on a journey, he entrusted money to his servants. When he returned, each servant had to give an answer for what he had done with the money assigned to him. To those who doubled their money, the master exclaimed, "Well done!" However, the one who hid the money in the ground was severely judged for his irresponsibility ( Matt 25:14-30 ; see also Luke 19:11-27 )".

Amongst other things, we are responsible for:

 

  • The words that we say to each other
  • Caring for our environment
  • Managing our anger
  • Caring for our families
  • Caring for our "neighbours"
  • Using our time wisely
  • Making the most of our talents, to bless our families and communities

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Our Value for the second half of the summer term 2013-14 is COMPASSION.

 

The meaning of compassion is to recognise the suffering of others, then take action to help. The meaning of compassion can be expressed in many ways.

  • Author Fredrick Buechner describes the meaning of compassion in these words: "Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too."
  • U2 lead singer Bono explains that the meaning of compassion for Christians is to focus on those in need. "To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor … it's nothing."
  • The Bible defines the meaning of compassion in several ways. We are to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves … defend the rights of the poor and needy" (Proverbs 31:8-9, NIV). We do this by taking action instead of just talking about helping others: "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth" (1 John 3:18, NIV).

 

(http://www.compassion.com/child-development/meaning-of-compassion/default.htm)

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