Oct 13

Harvest (Gratitude, Thankfulness, Appreciation) 1


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Watch this video and see how you react to it.



What would we be left with, if we only had what we said thank you for?  


I have often found this to be one of the most challenging verses in the Bible:  


From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.  

Luke 12:48


What will you do with what you have?  


This harvest, we have developed some opportunities to show generosity and gratitude throughout the week. You could be a harvest angel in your tutor group, doing little acts with great love. You could show some appreciation to an unsung hero – thank someone you don’t often thank. You could demonstrate your care for the world by pausing to read some news stories, praying and considering action.

It's also 'Thank Your Vicar Week'. So, if you know a vicar, pastor, youth-worker, (or chaplain) why not thank them! I'm sure it would make their day.  


See the Pulse (in Moodle) or ask your tutor for more details on how you can get involved in Harvest attitude of gratitude and generosity!  


Here’s a harvest prayer *:  

Happy are those who have bread to eat!

As grain grows in the fields and

Rains bring the water of life we share

Visions of all your people united in

Eternal praise and kneaded together to

Share good news of justice and peace:

Taste and see that the Lord is good!


* From 



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Oct 4

I Value Myself 2

Have a go at this litttle teaser.



Our Alive description for I Value Myself talks a lot about fulfilling potential and certainly all the above fulfilled their potential in at least one area of their life.  Equally important though are youngsters like many of you who fulfil their potential through their everyday acts. When you notice someone who needs cheering-up, when you go out of your way to help someone else, when you take time to understand a person different from you or a situation you’re not directly involved in, then you are fulfilling your calling as a human being.  Jesus summarised the commandments as ‘Love God and love your neighbour as yourself.’  If you value the love you have received, then you will find it quite possible to express love towards others.  Don’t give up on developing your other skills though.  Who knows, you might be talked about as you leave school just like we have been celebrating Beranger, Edie and many others.

Lord, thank you for making humans in your image. 

Help us to worship you through our minds, skills and actions every day. 


Do watch some or all of Stef Reid telling her story:


Our hymn of the year is Great Is Thy Faithfulness which is sung in a number of church traditions.  Here’s a standard version:



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Sep 29

I Value Myself 1/D A W

Thank you to the Learning Support Team at SMRT for preparing this.
Please click on the image below and use the slides in your tutor Worship. NB. The 'Notes' tab (next to 'Menu' in the top left) has some additional instructions for some slides.

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Sep 20

I Am Organised 2

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I wonder if you can identify a current story from this image?

Here’s more detail about the amazing feat,

It goes without saying that Mark needed huge organisational skills to get anywhere near the record or even just to get through each day.  Indeed there aren’t really many great achievements that don’t require a high level or organisation.  See if you can find an opportunity this week (it’s easy if you’re a guide for the Open Mornings) where someone notices your organisational skills.  If you are not so good at organising, try to make one improvement this week and then keep that improvement up in the future.

Jesus organised his followers to go out to represent him and to challenge people to trust his way. 


After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.  Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.  Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.  

‘When you enter a house, first say, “Peace to this house.”  If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.  Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. ‘When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.  Heal those there who are ill and tell them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you."

Luke 10


Are you willing to be organised by God today even if it means standing up against the ‘norm’?


If you are brave enough, try saying to God, ‘here I am, send me’ in different tones of voice.

Here’s a catchy tune that’s just been released,




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Sep 14

I Am Organised 1


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On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least, and 10 being the most organized, where do you rank? Out of all the Alive values, how important do you think it is to be organised?

Below are some statements and proverbs about organization.* Which do you agree with and which do you disagree with? Which are found to be proven top tips for organisation and which are made up?

I leave things until the last minute so I only get the essentials done.

I’m never too stubborn to ask for help.

Lateness is a sign of greatness, it shows you’re importance.

A head full of busyness, means business.

I track where my money goes. I know exactly what I’ve spent and where.

A de-cluttered space equals a de-cluttered mind.

Finding out the details, sucks the creativity out of life.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

To be on time is to be five minutes early.

Life is what happens when you’re not organising.


*Some are taken from this website

One of the big challenges for me in being organised, is laziness. Proverbs 6:9 says:


How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?


Maybe sometimes you can relate to this video?


Being organised may not come naturally to all of us, but it is important and benefits all of us. Here’s a simple prayer for this year, particularly if you’re like me and need some help!

Dear God

You brought order out of chaos, and saw that some boundaries and organisation was good.

Help me to do this in the areas of life that require it.

Help me be someone who helps myself and others by doing what I need to, when I need to.

Help me find the balance of spontaneity and creativity whilst planning and organising.



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