Our Value for the first half of the autumn term 2018-19 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.
Our Value for the second half of the Autumn Term 2018-19 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.
Our Value for Spring 1 2018-19 is COURAGE.
Basic to Christian faith is the claim that God is always present in every situation. This belief has led to great acts of courage that have included facing danger and opposition, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is right and encouraging others to persevere. Through prayer people have found the strength to help them be courageous.
Our Value for Spring 2 2018-19 is FORGIVENESS.
Forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored. It is an act of will, motivated by love. For Christians, Jesus' death on the cross is the ultimate revelation of God's all forgiving love, and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost.
Our Value for Summer 1 2018-19 is FRIENDSHIP.
Friends are like the walls of a house. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes you lean on them, but sometimes it's just enough to know they're just standing by (Anon).
Our Value for Summer 2 2018-19 is RESPECT.
Respect people's feelings. Even if it doesn't mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them (J. Johnson).
Our Values for Autumn 1 2019-2020 is THANKFULNESS.
Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day (Alice Morse Earle).
Our Value for Autumn 2 2019-2020 is TRUST.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God (Corrie Ten Boom).
Our Value for Spring 1 2019-20 is PERSEVERANCE.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark (Charles H. Spurgeon).
Our Value for Spring 2 2019-20 is JUSTICE.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed (Mahatma Gandhi).
Our value for the first half of the summer term 2019-20 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).
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Our value for the second half of the summer term 2019-20 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.
Our value for the second half of the autumn term 2018-19 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:
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.”
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.
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:
We also forgive so that our prayers will not be hindered:
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.
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: