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Church of England Primary School

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Core Christian Values

HOPE

Christian hope is grounded in the character of God. It is a hope rooted in the love and faithfulness of God. Hope is not wishful thinking but a firm assurance that God can be relied upon. There is underlying confidence that God is a ‘strong rock’ and one whose promises can be trusted. The writer to the Hebrews describes the Christian hope as ‘an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’. That is the basis of our hope.

 

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

 

The Bible story of the woman who touched Jesus' robe and was healed teaches us about hope.

If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed (Mark 5:28).

COURAGE

Courage is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important that we not to give up in the face of adversity.

Courage and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength and ability to endure, prayed for courage and strength. 

 

 

And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:2-4

PEACE

Peace includes ideas of healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It means harmony, stability and security within a community. It refers to relationships based on truth and righteousness, where people flourish because they are nurtured.

  • Inner peace - learning how to calm oneself, coping with anxieties and fears, enjoying silence, becoming more reflective, cultivating a contented spirit
  • Peace between each other in school - making and keeping friends, sorting out arguments, making compromises, letting go of hostile feelings, building bridges, learning how to listen to each other
  • Peace in the community - respecting differences, listening and talking with those who hold opposite views to you, honouring each other, finding common ground
  • Peace in the world - ending wars, working for peace and peacekeeping, talking not fighting
  • Peace with God - forgiveness, a new start, being reconciled to God; Christians believe that this is where it all must start for true peace be found both inside ourselves and between each other

John 14:27

‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’

 

In the Bible,

Jesus brings peace to the storm on Lake Galilee

- Luke 8:22-25

FORGIVENESS

We forgive because we are forgiven.

Paul says: ‘Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephes

In theians 4:32)

 

In the Lord's prayer we ask for God's forgiveness and promise to forgive those who have sinned against us.

 

When Jesus was on the cross, he spoke of forgiveness;

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." 

Luke 23 v 34

FRIENDSHIP

Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys and sorrows are all features of friendship and these are things of immense value. True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. All this echoes the value placed by God on the preciousness of each person.

John 15: 15

‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’

Our School Prayer

Father,

bless our Littlebourne School COMMUNITY

standing like a tree with the HOPE of everlasting life.

 

Please guide us through the school years,

allowing us to proceed with knowledge, strength and COURAGE

 

May PEACE and FORGIVENESS live among us –

Shown through our love of life and our love of God.

Our love of people everywhere and  OUR FRIENDSHIPS.

Amen

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