Nov 17

I Am Creative 1

How creative are you?

Half the group take this ‘test’:  how many uses of a paperclip can you think of in 3 minutes?

The other half try this:  complete a picture using this shape as part of it in 3 minutes.


Picture 2

Now, compare your answers.  Who’s the most creative in your group?

These, of course, are only tests of one sort of creativity.  Our Alive characteristic of ‘I Am Creative’ covers this sort of creativity and more. 



I am at my most creative when I am inspired to produce imaginative work and to find many solutions to the challenges I am set.  Being creative involves:  being imaginative; being inspired; being inspiring; problem-solving; having new ideas; being able to communicate ideas; original thought; exploring new ideas with others.


For Christians, being creative is part of what it means to be made ‘in the image of God’, our Creator God, so despite it being late November and not very light for much of the day, please be especially on the look-out for opportunities to use your creativity.

Here is someone using their creativity to explain their faith story. Can you identify with her message or her way of explaining it?




Lord, today I pray for creativity.

Help me to use my God given talent to do your work. 

May everything I say and do, be a reflection of you.

In Jesus name,



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Nov 11

I Can Review 2


Read attribution here


Today marks the start of Inter Faith week. The aims of the week are to; strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels, increase awareness of the different and faith communities in the UK, and developing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs. How could our school mark it?

Many people argue that religion causes division, and this has and can be the case. However, we have a choice, as individuals and communities, to develop relationships that will create a more unified future. I think these guys, are doing a great job at demonstrating what I mean....

It's always important to focus on what unites us, as there are so many things humans disagree on.  For example, people in America, and all over the world will have reacted differently to last week's election news. In a similar fashion to England's decision to leave the E.U, there is strong disagreement even between close friends and families. How did you respond? What about your friends? Do you think it's possible to work together with people you disagree with?  Could you ever see America or Great Britain, becoming 'United?'

This week Romans 12:17-18 has been on my mind,


Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.


Do you think THIS is possible?

For me, in this time of uncertainty for many, I want to see the most privileged standing with the most marginalised. I want to listen to and learn from all kinds of people, reserving my judgments, and working with them to fight the present challenges, and I want to continue, with my brothers and sisters from all faiths, to pray for common unity in our world.


God, Today, may I be open to others' ideas and beliefs, respectful of our differences, not threatened by them.

May I grow in understanding of my own motives, knowing that people often act out of their own fears.

May I be a force for replacing fear with insight, helping us all to be patient and kind as we talk. Strength, real strength, can always find compromise, working together, may we find a common ground, enable us to move forward with a shared purpose.

May we see what is truly important and unites us, focusing on that, to banish road blocks of ego and fear, today, may I be open to others' ideas and beliefs.

If you have time, watch this video by America Band Gungor. What do you think their message is?



If you would like to think more about Interfaith Week, this is the official site,



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Nov 4

I Can Review 1 and Remembrance 2016


I Can Review 1


Television watching


Three questions to think and talk about.

1. What’s your earliest and/or your best TV memory?
2. What’s your favourite TV show today and why?
3. How do you watch TV? Live or through catch-up? On your own or with others? Etc.


The top ten most watched shows in the 80 years of regular TV are (not counting Royal events or live sports):

1. Only Fools and Horses (BBC1, 29 December 1996): 24.35 million

2. To The Manor Born (BBC1, 11 November 1979): 23.95 million

3. The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 29 November 1967): 22.80 million

4. Panorama, Interview with Princess Diana (BBC1, 20 November 1995): 22.77m

5. The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, 14 November 1965): 21.70 million

6. Dallas (BBC1, 22 November 1980): 21.60 million

7. To The Manor Born (BBC1, 9 November 1980): 21.55 million

8. The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show (BBC1, 25 December 1977): 21.40 million

= Coronation Street (ITV, 2 January 1985): 21.40 million

10. Only Fools and Horses (BBC1, 25 December 2001): 21.35 million



To compare, the recent final of Bake Off got 14m viewers. 80 years ago, there was 1 TV channel, 30 years ago there 4, now there are over 300. It’s a hard job to be a TV reviewer today.

You will be asked soon to reflect on the memorable moments of your life so far. What would those be? Why? If you were able to do some things again and do them differently, what would that look like?

Jesus, in Luke 12, says, 


Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.


God takes the time to keep up with how many hairs we have — now that’s a God of detail! God loves us as we are but also wants us to review ourselves and to make changes. Just like sometimes the TV makes us think about our lives, reading the Bible and praying with an open mind can reveal some great truths.


Lord, in every way may our lives become more like yours.

Here’s a Lecrae song about great change:





Remembrance 2016 


Bristol cenotaph RSA

By Rob Brewer from Bristol, England (Cenotaph) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Remembrance Day is about an opportunity to review. To review the horror of war, to remember those in every nation who have lost their lives or been disabled in the service of their country, to think about civilians who have been directly and indirectly affected and to be determined that the present and the future will be more peaceful. We especially mark this at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month (this coming Friday) and on the Sunday nearest that day (Sunday 13 November 2016).

This year the Royal British Legion is asking us to review our ideas about remembrance, to ‘rethink remembrance’.

For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need peoples’ support.

To support this, there are four short films below. It would be good to watch, say, one a day, leading up to Friday. There's a playlist selector in the top left. No. 1 might be painful for some students, so I would use the others first.



God, we commit ourselves to work
in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between the nations,
that all people may, together,
live in freedom, justice and peace.

We pray for all who in bereavement, disability
and pain continue to suffer the consequences
of fighting and terror.

We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow
those whose lives, in world wars and conflicts
past and present,
have been given and taken away.



Sep 9

Looking Forward 2

As we start a new term, let’s think for a moment about last year. Where did you see the most growth or development in your life, and how did you get there?


Mountain wailking public domain imageCC0 Public Domain image

In your tutor groups, have a look at the following statements and see whether people agree or disagree with them and why (for the enthusiastic groups, mark one wall ‘agree’ and the other ‘disagree’). 

• Goals and dreams are the same thing
• It is better to set lower goals than risk failure by setting higher ones
• Goals have to involve giving something up
• Goals can change before you reach them
• There should always be a reward when you reach a goal
• People talk more about the goals that fail than those you succeed with
• Goals are personal and meaningful to you
• It doesn’t matter if you give up – it’s the trying that counts
• If you don’t achieve all your goals you are a failure
• Sometimes you have to take a risk to reach your goal

Anyone who starts on a journey knows where they are going. This year it may help you to set some goals. It could be related to your social or spiritual life, academic pursuits or personal interests, your character or your fitness (someone I know is going for #yearforpecs).

Take a moment to write down a goal (or more) for the year. As you move towards this goal, try and apply the words of Proverbs 4:25-26:


Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.


A prayer for the new term: 
Dear Lord, thank you for last year. Help us to find a vision for this new year.
Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open our heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help us to be attentive to one another and, inspire us to do our best this year!


To end; listen to dreams of other young people and the wise words of ‘Pops’:



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Aug 31

Looking Forward 1

Hello everyone and welcome (back).

Watch this video and see if you agree with its views about the year ahead.



Discuss your hopes and worries for the year ahead with each other.


Dearest Father in Heaven,

Bless us all and bless this time of new beginnings.

Smile upon this staff and student body.

Help us to learn more about your universe this year. 

Surround us, Lord, with the soft mantle of your love.

Teach this community to follow in your footsteps and to be guided in the ways of love, faith and hope.

We ask this through the name of Jesus Christ.



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