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Chaplain’s Blog – Christmas 2017

Another busy term for the Kingsley family is drawing to a close. It seems but a blink of an eye that we returned to school in September but yet we have been involved in so much. This term in assemblies we have been focusing on the message of all we can an ethos attributed to John Wesley founder of the Methodist church.

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

Within our assembly’s this term we have looked at Heroes of the faith down through the ages focussing on how we can be inspired by their stories of giving all they can to all they could.
Reflecting on these ordinary people who in some cases did very extraordinary things, simply by trusting God and doing all they could with their gifts, talents and attributes and attending a friends thanksgiving service has caused me to think about being grateful for who God made me, for the people God has put in my life and challenged me to think how can I use my time and the gifts and things that I have to do all that I can.
Christmas of course is a time for much activity, there are the craft fairs the nativities, the school plays, the Christmas parties the family gatherings, the cards to write and the presents don’t forget the presents.
We as a school as part of our efforts to do all we can were able to donate a good number of Christmas shoe boxes to the Samaritans purse appeal and I thank our pupils staff and parents for the effort and generosity in this. I think it was impossible to be unmoved by the video and the pure joy in the faces of the children as they received their presents last year.
I wonder what a visitor to this planet might make of Christmas and the traditions that we have. Perhaps they could take a clue from our Christmas cards as to the true meaning of Christmas. A cute dog, a wintery scene, a frog wearing a Santa hat, these things go some way to share the sentiments of our celebration but as to its true meaning, I think we are a little far from the truth? I love Christmas and all its trimmings but, as I pause to write and create an oasis in this busy season, I find myself asking the question have we taken a powerful life giving story of sacrifice and love and turned it into a fairy tale. In preparation for the end of term carol service we have been learning the song Here I Am To Worship. This song talks about a saviour who came down to meet with us Jesus is and was and continues to be the light of the world and if we encounter Him then our lives really do have the opportunity to be changed forever.

Light of the world, You step down into darkness.
Open my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore you
Hope of a life spent with you.

Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you’re my God,
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me, my love.

King of all days,
So highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created.
All for love’s sake became poor.

So, here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you’re my God,
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross.
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross.
Songwriters: Mark Hayes / Tim Hughes
Here I Am To Worship lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Over the year many have moved on; some to new adventures in other places. For others staff and students alike loved ones have been lost we are grateful for their unmistakable part it our lives and hope that all will find comfort and peace that Jesus offers in this season.

Have a blessed and restful Christmas everyone I look forward to the adventures of 2018

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