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“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs”

~ Psalm 100

Our theme this term is 'SERVICE'

Our Christian faith is central to everything we do at The Deanery CE Academy, and our collective worship plays a big part in our school lives.  Sometimes we assemble as a whole school family and worship together, such as at Christmas or the end of term.  Every week we gather together as tutor groups to reflect and worship as a smaller group.  We base our worship around our core values and have a termly theme.  For example 'wisdom', and this theme will often reflect the time of year or special memorial days occurring at that time.  We use our tutor worship as a way of reflecting on our own lives, our relationships with each other and with God, and as an opportunity to learn how we can live “life in all its fullness” ~ John 10:10.  Everyone is invited to participate, whether of faith or no faith, and are welcome to use this time of self-reflection and stillness as appropriate in their own lives.

Worship committee without Cameron

(Our Deanery Worship Committee)

Our school community plays an active role in our collective worship, and our newly formed 'worship committee' has taken a leading role in planning, preparing, and delivering sessions for their peers.  In January our worship committee delivered a whole school assembly to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day from our chapel, via Zoom.  We reflected together on the atrocities of World War 2, and prayed for all those affected by genocide, both in the past and today.  More recently, on Ash Wednesday, we had a whole school service led by Rev Phill and then our WC went over to Kingfisher to spend some time with the youngest members of our community.  It was so lovely to be able to work alongside the little ones and share our gifts and faith with each other.  Lots of messy fun was had!  We look forward to working with the Kingfisher children a lot more in the future.   



Ash wednesday 1


This term: Service

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms"

~ 1 Peter 4:10

As Christians, we believe that we are called to serve: serve God and serve each other.  But what does 'serving' actually mean?  Lots of us have jobs in which we serve other, such as supermarket workers, NHS workers, the police, teachers... etc.  Without these people to serve our communities how would society function?  On a practical level we need people to serve in all aspects of our lives.  However, on a spiritual level, what does 'service' mean?  

When we do something nice or beneficial for someone else we often feel a sense of satisfaction, even pride, in helping another person.  We might even like the recognition we get for this good deed.  But is this a good enough reason to help others?  "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets..." (Matthew 6:2).  Giving to charity each month might give us a warm fuzzy feeling or announcing that good deed on social media might bring us positive attention and comments from friends.  But is it genuine?  Helping others should be woven into the very fabric of our lives and not something that is done because it makes us feel better about ourselves. 

Jesus taught his followers to be humble and to look to others before themselves.  During His last hours on earth, at the Last Supper, Jesus Himself washed the feet of his friends, despite their protestations - an act of profound humility and love.  The disciples did not understand why their leader, their rabbi, would lower Himself to washing their dirty feet.  But Jesus explained: "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet" (John 13:14).  Jesus is not asking us to literally go out and wash the feet of others (you could if you want I suppose!), but He is asking us to go out and help those who are in most need of our help.  We all have special God-given gifts and talents - we should be using these to the benefit of others and not just ourselves.  It doesn't have to be money but it could be time or conversation.  To be a Christian is to serve others.  To be human is to serve others.  

Christian Aid week is 15th - 21st May.  Have a look here for further information:  

Mrs Gallagher April '22


Wisdom - Hope - Service - Resilience