Jonathan Sullivan led our assembly this afternoon and began by wishing us all a happy new year. He talked about the meaning of January and how it derives from the Romans. Janus was a fictional character which meant ‘looking back on the old year and looking forward to the new year’, hence January being the beginning of the year.
Jonathan informing us about the meaning of the word 'January'.
Jonathan told us that Christians love the lord their God with all their heart and mind. He urged us to love your neighbour as yourself and to be kind to others - even in times of dispute. Jonathan reminded us that being kind was infectious and people enjoyed receiving other people's acts of kindness. We all agreed with this.
Jonathan shared with us of the story of the Good Samaritan and how to treat each other with kindness - although this is difficult to do, when people are being nasty or unkind to you. Jesus changed the world with a new light and encourages Christians to be kind to everyone.
We then shared the Saxtead School Prayer which Jonathan learnt when he was at school.
Lord keep us safe this night
Secure from all our fears,
May angels guard us while we sleep
Until the morning light appears.
He held a quiz at the end of the assembly to sum up all the new learning and stories that he shared with us. Toby, Anna, Indi, Grace, Euan and Lucas helped answer the questions accurately. It was a lovely assembly reminding us all about the importance that Jesus is the light of the world.
Children responding to the quiz.