Happy new year everyone, I hope that you had a restful Christmas and have adjusted to the first few days back into school routines.

Today we celebrate Epiphany and that reminds us of the challenging journey that three kings, known as Magi, made to visit the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.

As a whole school community we also celebrated, in a service of welcome, the arrival of Mr Pete Last to his role of Headmaster. It has been a seemingly fitting day to mark the start of a new journey for our Headmaster and our School.

In our start of term during our inset days I shared with staff a thought for the term of hope and encouragement as we face the challenges and experience the hopes and adventures that 2017 has to offer.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

The context of this verse is the book of Joshua which begins with the death of Moses. The man used by God to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian captivity and to the Promised Land had died. The Israelites had not yet possessed the land that the Lord had given them. But with Moses dead, a new leader needed to emerge. That new leader was Joshua.  Three times in the first nine verses Joshua is commanded to “be strong and courageous”

  • Our Headmaster faces a new job, a new place to live and the challenge of leading us.
  • Some of us face the challenge of being new to Kingsley
  • Some of us face the challenge of having been here a long time, perhaps we have ongoing difficulties. How do we remain energized and enthusiastic about what we do, and of course, we will be following a new leader.

We all face constant change, maybe stresses at home, challenges with finances, or, at times an over whelming work load. All these things can sometimes make us feel ill-equipped, insignificant, and even unable. The truth is, you are prepared, you are of pivotal importance, and you are able-with God you are all that and more. In those times, when we feel unsure and we are called to lead, we can remember that God is with us. Each day we face new challenges.

I admit that some people may fear in the unknown, yet God is the same. The promise is the same. Be not afraid. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). With Him and the capabilities and gifting that we have been given as individuals and as the Kingsley family we can conquer many of life’s challenges.

Dear Lord

I thank you for this new term and ask your blessing on it. Father, would you help us to work together so we can see your glory and your love. Father would you Give Mr Last the wisdom, understanding and strength to lead us in your way. I pray for all my colleagues, for their appreciation and encouragement. I pray for our Governors, would you give them courage and wisdom to make decisions that grow our School and give you glory. I pray for our parents, would you give them wisdom, love and understanding to help us to work together for the benefit of our pupils. Would you help our pupils feel at home, encouraged to work hard and achieve to the best of their ability. Lord, would you continue to grow both in number and atmosphere a sense of family here at Kingsley in your name I pray.  Amen.

Kat Timms, Chaplain