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Thoughts for the Week

...from the Chaplain

Week Beginning:  11 October 2021. Theme: An Olavian is Resilient

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.​
Joshua 1:9​

Can you think of a time when you were hard pressed and perplexed? How did you feel? What gave you the strength to keep going?​
How do you stop yourself from giving up on something?​
What advice would you give to someone who was finding it hard to keep going?​


Be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.​ Colossians 1:11​

Think of a time when you were able to endure and have great patience. How did you feel? How can you bring that experience into your life each day and tap into God’s strength to help you? There is always support, please ask.​


Prayer for this week

Dear God,  

Thank you for the challenges in life that help to build my strength.​ Thank you for the mysterious people who confound, frustrate and annoy me, teaching me patience and the art of forgiveness.​

Thank you for the path that only I can walk and the purpose that you have for my life.​
Thank you for sending people to challenge me, building my resilience and teaching me to hold on to what is good.​

I pray that you would give me strength for the rough times and a strong heart for the difficult times.​ I pray that  even in  the darkest night, I will be looking to the light that is coming.​




Assemblies and Readings

During the current situation, and social distancing restrictions, virtual assemblies will be held during afternoon registration on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and where appropriate associated digital materials shared with students will be published below.



Special message from Julie Bowen, School Chaplain - Covid 19

Dear readers,

Together with other clergy I have put together this booklet for my congregation that offers some prayers, liturgy and Bible readings as well as where to turn for spiritual programming during this difficult time. 

Please take care of yourselves and your families, keep an eye out for neighbours and as we are unable to visit the phone is a valuable tool for contact especially with the elderly.

The following is an old Irish blessing which I am praying for you all at this time:

Love and blessings to you all,

May the road rise up to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face; 
May the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.



Our School Prayer

Logo   Colour rgb 300dpiEternal God,
Help us through our duty to you
To love our neighbour,
To care for others,
To do our best for and in school,
To work for the common good of our community,
And to care for ourselves as we serve you.


Additional prayers for difficult times

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Celtic Circle Prayer

Circle me Father God, Keep love within and hatred without, Keep hope within and despair without, Keep peace within and anxiety without. Circle me Father God, Keep strength within and weakness without, Keep faith within and doubt without, Keep light within and darkness without. Circle me Father God, Surround me with your love, Surround me with your protection, Surround me with your peace.