Welcome to the St Paul's Reflection Space. This is a place for everyone in our school community to pause, take time to think and maybe even wonder for a little while.
At school we enjoy our daily collective worship. It is a time when we come together to think carefully about big questions, to learn about inspiring people and listen their stories, and find out about how God loves us and that we are all valued and precious to him.
As we can't gather together at the moment, each week there will be a 'Thought for the Week' on this page. If there is something you would like to see here please email Mrs Volland.
I would love to hear your ideas and see your pictures or photographs.
Sometimes it can be hard to have hope, especially in difficult or worrying times. However, Christians believe that Jesus teaches about hope as something that can grow, with encouragement and faith. Hope is to be shared.
What are you hoping for right now?
Jesus told a story to help explain what hope it like. He told a story about something very, very small. He told a story about a tiny mustard seed.
One day a man took a tiny mustard seed and planted it in his garden. He took care of it and watched it grow and grow until it became an enormous tree, with birds sitting and singing in it's branches!
Jesus told this story to show that hope can be like the tiny seed and seem too small to make a difference but that a small hope can grow and grow into something as big and beautiful as a tree.
What did the tree need to grow?
What do you think a hope might need to help it grow?
Think of something you are hoping for. You could draw a picture, write a word or find an object that reminds you of your hope and put it somewhere where you will see it each day.
If you would like to you can pray this prayer...
Dear God, we thank you for giving us hope when we feel worried, when we are having a hard time, when we don’t know what’s ahead of us and when we are sad. Thank you that even the smallest seed of hope can grow into a big, tall tree. Please help us when we find it hard to be hopeful, so we can offer hope to others. Amen