Today, we celebrated Candlemas, the presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Year 5 and Year 6 Mission Teams created a beautiful focal point and led a wonderful liturgy with the whole school in respectful prayer, readings, hymns and collective worship. We shared the special message behind this special occasion that Jesus is the Light of the World.
Thank you to all of the mission team members from Year 5 and their parents for attending the evening of worship at St. Patrick’s School, Dipton. The evening was a fantastic success full of singing, dancing and reflection and was a perfect opportunity to go forward together in hope. We also enjoyed a selection of food and drinks along with all of the other children, parishioners and parents across the partnership.
The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady’s song of praise, the Magnificat, ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next two years’ World Youth celebrations, culminating in Panama in 2019. Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as ‘a role model to be imitated’. Consequently we have decided to continue our ‘Year of …’ plans with a Year of Mary. Each month is linked to a virtue shown by Mary and celebrates her many names.
The Mission Team delivered a lovely liturgy based on the Mother of God and prepared a reflective prayer table for our whole school assembly.
The children returned to school this week after the Christmas holidays and were very excited to create the focal point for today’s assembly. The children focussed on the Gospel reading according to John 1:35-38 which talks about the arrival of our Messiah, Jesus. The children were inspired and created a lovely focal point for the rest of the school to enjoy. Well done, Mission Team.
Mission Week was a fantastic success. The children were involved in lots of different activities such as visiting Burnopfield Care Home to sing Christmas Carols, making prayer crackers, prayer chains and jigsaw pieces (to represent the theme Unbroken) that we displayed to the public on class prayer tables. The Mission Team worked very hard and helped deliver an assembly based around the Rosary. It was also lovely for St. Patrick’s Dipton to join us in our Mission Mass along with their Mission Team.
Please see the Mission Week timetables for next week.
Mission Week poster updated
Mission Timetable for website
The Mission Team planned and delivered this week’s Liturgy. The children decided to read the Gospel from Matthew 25: 35-40 all about looking after others such as giving people food when they are hungry and water when they are thirsty.
The children then created a focal point based around this Gospel.
Well done Mission Team!
This week, the Mission Team planned and delivered a wonderful Statement to Live by liturgy. We celebrated the winners of this weeks statement to live by which was ‘I know how to look after myself’. The Mission Team then read the Gospel according to Matthew 22:36-39. The children discussed the reasons why we should try to love your neighbour as yourself and how we can do this. Some of the Year 4 children also prepared a fantastic video relating to the Good Samaritan, which showed that a mother and child and a teenager were too preoccupied to help an elderly lady who was struggling with her shopping bags and wanted to call a taxi to get home. In the end, a window cleaner (who was busy at work) stopped and helped the lady kindly. You can view the video of the Year 4 children on our facebook page. Again, this was a very clear message that although we are busy in everyday life, we should always try and look after others. We ended our Liturgy with a fantastic song that the children love to sing ‘My Lighthouse’.
Today, the children planned the liturgy which will be happening during tomorrow’s statement to live by. The children chose the following:
Gather: Join together as a school and sing our first hymn ‘Thank you Lord’.
Word: To read the Gospel according to Matthew 22: 36 – 39.
Response: Say the Our Father.
Mission: To love one another as ourselves. Sing our final hymn, ‘My Lighthouse’.
The children also created a beautiful focal point based around our new statement to live by which is ‘I try to love others as I love myself’ which links perfectly to the Gospel the children chose to read.
Well done Mission Team for all your hard work and we look forward to your whole school liturgy tomorrow!