W/C 31st October
This week's Bible reading is 1 John: 3:1
What marvellous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it - we're called the children of God! That's who we really are.
This week we are thing about All Hallows Eve, All Saints's Day and All Souls Day in our worship.
All Hallows Eve
We discussed the fact that Halloween is an abbreviation of All Hallows' Eve which falls on 31st October each year, and is the day before All Hallows' Day, also known as All Saints' Day in the Christian calendar. The Church traditionally held a vigil on All Hallows' Eve when worshippers would prepare themselves with prayers and fasting prior to the feast day itself.
The name derives from the Old English 'hallowed' meaning holy or sanctified.
All Saints Day
All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1st in the Christian church. We thought about what saints are and then identified some everyday saints using the resources below. Our ideas for everyday saints are displayed in the school hall. We then thought about the kind of person we would like to be as we left the hall.
All Saints Day - Right Reverend Bishop Roger Morris (Bishop of Colchester)
All Souls Day
On November 2nd Christians celebrate All Souls Day. On this day, Christians remember those who have died.
We thought about the following questions:
What is a soul?
Do you believe they exist?
What do you think a soul looks like, feels like or sounds like?
We also thought about how we would like to remember those who have died.
Prayer for the week:
God of life,
we give thanks for all the holy men and women who have lived throughout the world. Help us to love as you would like us to by showing love to all, bringing peace and always trying to do what is right.