“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippeans 4:6-7
At this time, many children will be missing the familiar routines of school. One way in which we can help to keep that sense of normality is by offering these resources to you at home. Please note that these ideas are for you to use, adapt, or not use at all. You choose!
If there’s anything that you at home would appreciate having some materials on, then please do let us know and we will liaise with the diocese and see if we can put something together for you.
A message from Rev. Fi Gwynn
Hello to all the wonderful children and parents of Grayswood School,
I hope that you are all keeping safe and well and embracing the challenge of home schooling. It's not easy on anyone - children, parents or teachers! I am really missing seeing all your smiling faces on a Monday morning.
Whatever challenges and difficulties you are facing I want you to know that I am praying for you all. If any of you, adults or children, want to get in touch either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on the phone 07769 856343 then please do not hesitate.
There are also a lot of wonderful resources on our church page - https://allsaintsgrayswood.org/children/ so do go online and have a look.
I am so looking forward to the time when we can be together again in the school hall - we will raise the roof with our singing at that first assembly!
With much love and prayers for you all.
Normally at this point of the year we would have another prayer space based on Easter. However why not do this at home? I have attached a range of prayer space type activities which use a limited number of resources and should be things you have at home. There are activities based on letting go of fears and worries, as well as activities to help us turn our attention to hopes and remembering to think of the things we are grateful for. I will keep adding to these over the time we are away from school, with anything I find that I think would be useful. The children love prayer space at school – it’s a time for them to be peaceful, thoughtful and reflective.
You can create a special space to pray anywhere: outside with a hammock between two trees or perhaps a little tent with twinkly lights, or inside with a battery candle and some flowers.
A note for parents and carers about worship materials below
At school, your child will be used to taking part in collective worship every day (they might call it ‘assembly’). This is not the kind of worship that some of you might be or have been part of in a religious building. In church schools this collective worship is planned to be:
Christian Aid 'Letters for Creation'
Here please find reflection or worship activities elow to introduce children to the concept of creation, the issues around climate justice and hopes for a better future. There is also an activity here where children have the opportunity to create their own 'letters for creation', reflecting on what caring for creation means to them. Selected letters will be curated into an exhibition that will be launched digitally later this year, followed by a travelling exhibition that we hope will tour a number of UK cathedrals, COP26 (the UN's climate change conference), and the Lambeth Conference in 2021.
Mindfulness Activities and PSHE activities for home