All are welcome here to walk with Jesus as we love, learn and flourish.

What a glorious evening it was last night. Did you get chance to look up at the skies? Perhaps you will have seen Orion’s belt shining brightly above us? Looking up at the stars not only reminds us of God’s wonderful creation, but it also demonstrates how small we are – just a tiny part of a huge universe. And yet, no matter how minute we are compared to everything else that is out there – we have such power and, of course, responsibility. For, no matter how hard we try to love our planet, and no matter how much we feel grateful for God’s gifts, we still live in a world with problems. From climate catastrophe to the litter on our streets; from world conflict to the lonely lady who lives alone just around the corner from us – our world has problems; problems that it is our job, as Christians, to try and resolve.

Of course, looking at the evening sky, when we are reminded how small we are, it can be way too much to try and think how we can bring around world peace, or help with the climate, but if we welcome God into that picture, we see how we can be the solution. Like ants, who are so tiny, and yet who, when working together, can move huge things, we too can be part of the miracle. For God’s gift to us of this wonderful world is indeed a miracle when we view it, from our tiny home in the stars, and it is our job, as Christians, to shine brightly and bring God’s love to all.

So, this weekend – if we have the chance – can we look again at the stars, and can we pray that God will bless us with the strength and love to be His stars in our corner of the world? Whether we spend five minutes picking up rubbish, or ten minutes doing the recycling; whether we choose to visit a lonely neighbour or send an email to our MP about the climate – anything that we do, if we do it with love, and with Jesus in our hearts, will make a profound difference.

Philippians 2:15 (ESV) that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 

 

Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead