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Thought for the Week
Monday 23rd March 2020
Where ever you are today in your professional role – whether in school or at home, we thank you and we thank God for you

We are reminded of Psalm 147:12 “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their trust in his steadfast love.”
 
Now is the time to put our trust in the Lord and to be reminded of his steadfast love to us, and I pray that, we will each be able to play our part in the unfolding purposes of God.
 
With the assurance of our prayers for you all through this challenging time.

Kind regards,
Joy
Canon Joy Tubbs
Diocesan Director of Education
Tree bathing in Longleat Forest

Throughout this academic year, Crockerton School has been exploring what we mean by Spirituality.
We wonder if it is hard to define but easy to feel?
Is it the quality of being concerned with the human spirit and soul?
 
As is so often the case, children seem to grasp these big concepts more naturally than an older and possibly less open mind, such as my own, so I share with you the words that our pupils have connected to what it means to be spiritual.
 

Soothing
Peaceful and Proud
Interesting
Relaxing and helpful
Imaginative
Tiring and Trusting
Understanding and Unstressful (to coin a new word)
All-included, Awesome, Always smiling, Awe
Love, Light, Loving God, Letting others help, Learning

 
Maybe it is important to consider when we last took time to be concerned with our human spirit and soul?
When was the last time we leaned against a tree and let it support us;
felt connected to the earth;
felt its roots spread beneath the ground,
connected to all other trees;
smelled the air in a forest?
 
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/a-beginners-guide-to-forest-bathing

Reverend Pauline, of Cley Hill Benefice, once told me about ‘thin places’ where we feel connected to something ‘beyond’.  I feel blessed that our school seems to have been built upon such a place. 
 
Do we know where our ‘thin places’ might be?
And, if so, how often do we notice or take time to appreciate them?


Maybe we will be able to take some time today, or in the coming days as we adjust to changing working patterns.

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13

‘Don’t underestimate the power of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.’  AA Milne
Charlotte Sides, Crockerton CE Primary School RE lead – assisted by all of the pupils who help each other think… and sometimes to stop thinking, just for a moment.
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