Today, Father Kevin joined us for a very special worship which focused on Remembrance Day.
To start our assembly, the children had a fantastic try at singing 'Bind us together Lord'. This was a new song for the children, but the words reminded the children that we should share our St John's value of kindness and friendship to ensure everyone has someone to think of them, to help them and make sure that no one is alone. “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18)
Father Kevin discussed the importance of wearing a poppy at this time of year. He reminded us about the soldiers fighting in the war and how poppies started to grow. We wear poppies to remember those who fought in the war for us. By them giving up their lives, they have enabled us to have a happy and safe life and by wearing poppies, we are showing our gratitude.
We talked about the people who needed to join the army. He discussed how the army is not always about fighting, but about helping others. Some people drive ambulances near where the fighting is taking place and they help those who have been injured and wounded.
Father Kevin discussed Remembrance Day and discussed what the people of Leigh do on that day. He explained that the people of Leigh all congregate and gather together to think about those who have died.
Father Kevin finished the worship with a prayer:
We ask you to help us to find ways to find peace with each other. We need to be friends with one another where we do not fight and fall out with each other, so that we can have a happy a peaceful life. Blessed are those who make peace. At war time, we must remember the main reason for the army, airforce and marines. The main reason is to spread peace.
We finished the assembly by singing 'Give me joy in my heart'.