What has the past year been like for you? What has been difficult? What have you missed? What things have been good and do you have a favourite memory? What are you looking forward to doing right now?
The past year has been very different and has affected people's lives in all sorts of ways. It has made life very different for us at school, with some of our community learning at home and others at school. When we are in school we are in our bubbles and can't do things like Buddy Reading. How can we work together in our school community for a hopeful future? Bishop Stephen's challenge is to help us do that and to see that we are known to God whatever happens and that there is hope ahead.
You might know the story of Noah. He built an ark to carry all the animals and his family during a great flood. As the rain stopped Noah was looking for land so that his family and the animals could leave the ark and find food and shelter.
This is some of the story from the Bible, it's from Genesis Chapter 9.
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 1When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
If you like, you can say this prayer...
This day is full of promises
Of everything that’s good;
Help me face the challenges
And do the things I should. Amen Anon [Lion Book of 1000 Prayers for Children]