This busy first half of the term has seen Mrs Last and the “Open the Book” team visit us in Prep School assembly. We have heard from a variety of guest speakers in Senior School; including Chris from Edukid, representatives from the Gideons and Mille Pert from Wings. We have also continued to reflect on the ‘Armour of God’, as our theme for the term.

Borders’ Chapel has seen more students getting involved and the houses taking it in turns to prepare something for Chapel. We have reflected on Psalm 91 and prayed for all those taking exams.

This week we heard a compelling and confident speech from Georgia Croshaw, focusing on equality. I was also immensely proud of the assembled school who paused respectfully in Kingsley’s act of remembrance after the terrible events in Manchester.

A new event in the chaplaincy calendar is ‘Kingsley in Prayer,’ a group for Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers, Governors and Staff. It is open to anyone who is interested in meeting to be encouraged and to pray for the life of our community and our school. Our next meeting will be Monday 5th of June, at 9am in the conference room.

Whilst thinking what to reflect on this half-term I was reminded of a visit to boarders’ chapel from Jack Saunders, who challenged us all to think about the question: “Who am I?” Jack illustrated his point, using stick-on ‘Post-it’ notes, that we can all too often conform to those labels spoken over us or given to us from school, friends or family.

The question of identity is a challenge for all of us… who are we? What do we really believe? It’s one Jesus asked his disciples in Mark 8:27. “Who do people say that I am?”  Have you ever stopped to ask, “What does God think about me? Who does he say that I am?”

Valuable, new creation, spirit-filled, transformed, treasured, full of purpose, and loved are just a few phrases God uses to describe us. There are lots of verses I could use to illustrate what God thinks about us and many phrases to describe his love but I guess, as an artist, this is probably one of my favourites.

10: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Can I wish everyone a very restful half-term, I hope to see you at ‘Kingsley in Prayer’ on the 5th June. I leave you with the prayer that was read for the Sixth Form valedictory service on Friday.

Farewell Prayer

We ask for your almighty hand to be upon all those leaving the Sixth Form. Bless their lives from this day on with goodness and love. Help them to stay true to their dreams, to use their gifts wisely, and to walk into the future with faith, hope, and great love. We pray for happiness and joy to be ahead of them, for wisdom and guidance to be beside them, and for grace and truth to be behind them, pushing them onwards into your goodness. We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go. We thank you God for the friendships we have formed and for the support and encouragement we have received in our work. We pray for each one of us that, as we journey into the future, we will continue to discover the love of God.