Our Worship Theme is Forgiveness

Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive and keep forgiving. Forgiveness was at the heart of everything he did and at the heart of the Lord’s Prayer. A prayer to forgive his persecutors was on the lips of Jesus as he died. We forgive because we are forgiven. ‘Sorry’ can be said too easily. Real repentance demands we take what we have done wrong seriously and have a deep desire to not do it again.

How do we see this value in school?

If a child makes a poor choice, we may use Restorative Practice. Restorative Practice challenges inappropriate behaviour whilst offering a high level of support. It is a fair process involving discussing the unwanted behaviour. Restorative Practice is not a sanction but may result in a sanction dependent on the severity of the unwanted behaviour. Final decisions are made and rules are clearly stated so everyone understands the boundaries and consequences. For children to reach a shared understanding and feel the process is fair they need to be free to express all emotions, within a safe environment. This should result in a clear understanding of how to move forward. Restorative Practice makes visible the hurt caused to others so perpetrators can fully appreciate the impact of their actions before asking for forgiveness.

Adults and children in school see each new day as a fresh start. The prayer life of the school regularly asks for forgiveness and help in forgiving others. The Lord’s prayer is part of the school’s liturgy.

You might like to help us develop our value by talking to your children about forgiveness and what it means to them. We will be exploring perseverance through Bible stories such as The Prodigal Son and Zaccheus. You may also like to read these stories at home.

‘Forgive us our sins, as we forgive everyone who sins against us.’ (Luke 11:4)

‘Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also forgive others.’ (Colossians 3:13)

 ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, ‘I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times (or seventy times seven times).’’ (Matthew 18:21-22)

Article published: 17th Apr, 2018 Topic: School News