Community Church School Values
Caring. Learning. Enjoying. Achieving.
All within the love of God
Community Church School Values
But God has combined the members of the body ….so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it (1 Corinthians 12:24-26)
In Christian teaching Koinonia describes how Christians come together as a family. The members of our Brown's School family are interdependent: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole. We are working together to ensure all feel included and valued.
Through Christ we all share fellowship with one another as one big family. Koinonia comes from the Greek word meaning community or fellowship. This shows the special relationship we have with each other where as a community we look after each other, where we are welcomed and accepted, no matter who we are.
Together we can grow in our relationship with one another and with God. We come together with Christ at the centre of our school.
Christian hope is grounded in the character of God. It is a hope rooted in the love and faithfulness of God. Hope is not wishful thinking but a firm assurance that God can be relied upon. There is underlying confidence that God is a ‘strong rock’ and one whose promises can be trusted. The writer to the Hebrews describes the Christian hope as ‘an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’. That is the basis of our hope.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
The Bible story of the woman who touched Jesus' robe and was healed teaches us about hope.
If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed (Mark 5:28).
Peace includes ideas of healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It means harmony, stability and security within a community. It refers to relationships based on truth and righteousness, where people flourish because they are nurtured.
- Inner peace - learning how to calm oneself, coping with anxieties and fears, enjoying silence, becoming more reflective, cultivating a contented spirit
- Peace between each other in school - making and keeping friends, sorting out arguments, making compromises, letting go of hostile feelings, building bridges, learning how to listen to each other
- Peace in the community - respecting differences, listening and talking with those who hold opposite views to you, honouring each other, finding common ground
- Peace in the world - ending wars, working for peace and peacekeeping, talking not fighting
- Peace with God - forgiveness, a new start, being reconciled to God; Christians believe that this is where it all must start for true peace be found both inside ourselves and between each other
‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’
In the Bible,
Jesus brings peace to the storm on Lake Galilee
Courage is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that it is important that we not to give up in the face of adversity.
Courage and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is based on the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength and ability to endure, prayed for courage and strength.
And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
We forgive because we are forgiven.
Paul says: ‘Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephes
In theians 4:32)
In the Lord's prayer we ask for God's forgiveness and promise to forgive those who have sinned against us.
When Jesus was on the cross, he spoke of forgiveness;
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
Luke 23 v 34
Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys and sorrows are all features of friendship and these are things of immense value. True friendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of each person is recognised. All this echoes the value placed by God on the preciousness of each person.
John 15: 15
‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.’
The lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145: 8-9)
We teach children that their attitudes and actions must reflect kindness and compassion. Compassion is much stronger than sympathy; if you have compassion you step into someone’s shoes, share their experiences and sufferings and want to support them or act on their behalf. It is not just feeling sorry for someone but actually doing something about making their life or situation better.
Compassion is about ‘standing in someone else’s shoes’ when they are having a hard time. In other words, trying to understand how they might be feeling and doing our best to try to help. Talk together about:
- how we can show compassion and kindness to one another at home
- recognising when friends at school need us to listen and act with compassion
- stories in the news demonstrating how strangers show compassion in times of natural disasters
- how nations show compassion to other nations at times of disaster or need by sending money or volunteers to help
We will be linking Compassion to ‘The Parable of the Good Samaritan’ (Luke 10:25-37)