Well, that’s that the end of my first term as Chaplain here at Kingsley School and what a full one it has been.
In a term that has brought us anti bulling week, Dyslexia awareness week and Remembrance Day. We have focussed on celebrating who we are. We reflected on scriptures that encourage us to be just as we were designed to be, fulfilling our unique purpose and role here on earth.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvellous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
As we read this we were able to reflect on the fact that we have been uniquely formed we all have distinctive gifts and we are all individually loved by God.
1 Corinthians 12
“18 God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 19 If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? 20 As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body.
But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honour to the parts that didn’t have any. 25 In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honoured, every part shares in its joy.”
As I think about these scriptures I think about the things we as school have been involved in this term, national school sporting successes with handball, growing confidence and success in the rugby, netball and hockey teams. There was an extraordinary performance of Bugsy Malone with both the music and drama departments excelling in what they do best and of course the individual successes in the classroom. I could go on but none of the things listed happen without each person student and staff alike stepping up and being the person they were created to be. Fulfilling the roles they were designed for.
I think my favourite thing as chaplain so far has been the privilege of leading our end of term carol service and with the assistance of one of Mr Watson famous Jumpers declaring it to be officially Christmas. I Love the season of Christmas, its joy and celebration, however I must confess I sometimes all too easily get caught up in the bright lights, the tinsel and the general busyness and forget to pause and reflect on the true meaning of the celebrations.
“Who would think that what was needed to transform and save the earth might not be a plan or army, proud in purpose, proved in worth? Who would think, despite derision, that a child might lead the way? God surprises earth with heaven, coming here on Christmas Day.”
Words: John L. Bell & Graham Maule, Singing the Faith, hymn 222,
May I wish you a very happy Christmas and I pray that you find a moment to pause and reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made to fulfil his unique purpose for us on this earth.