To unite as a school community, with a feeling of responsibility
towards the building and the people in it
To celebrate the start of a new school year
To think about how the Early Christians lived
A doll's house, or a large picture of a house
Any, or the beginning of the school year, or the
time just after Easter, or Pentecost
1. Good morning. Today we are going to think about who owns
our school. Does it belong to the Government, or (name) the Local
Authority? Or is it owned by the teachers, or the children, or even
Here is a story to help you think about these questions.
2. One sunny morning, not very long ago,
a lady was out for a walk. As she strolled along, in
the cool, morning air, she suddenly stopped. There before her was a
really beautiful house. She stood admiring the house, when suddenly a
man walked by and paused as he reached her.
FIRST MAN: Good morning. I can see you
like this house.
LADY: Yes, I do. Very much. It's
FIRST MAN: I'm glad you do, because it's
3. A few seconds later, a different man
came along. He stopped when he saw the lady.
SECOND MAN: I see you're having a good
look at this house. I can see you're interested in it.
LADY: Yes, I am.
SECOND MAN: I'm pleased you are, because
4. The lady was thinking how strange it
was that two different people should both say that the house was
theirs, when along came a third man.
THIRD MAN: Hello. Are you admiring the
LADY: Yes, I am. It's lovely.
THIRD MAN: I'm glad you are, because it's
5. By now, the lady was thoroughly
confused. How could the house belong to three different people? She had
to know, so she rushed after the three men and eventually caught up
LADY: Excuse me, but each of you says
that the house belongs to you. How can it?
FIRST MAN: The house is mine, because I
built it. I am the builder.
SECOND MAN: And the house is mine,
because I bought it. I am the owner.
THIRD MAN: And the house is mine, because
I live in it. I am the tenant.
6. Now the lady understood. The builder,
the owner and the tenant had all told the truth. They all owned the
house, but in different ways.
7. It is the same with our school. We all
own it, but in different ways. This is why we should all work together
to look after it. After all, it is our 'home' during the day.
We should help to keep it clean and tidy.
We should also help to make it a happy place, by looking after the
people in it. This is part of what what being a Christian is about.
8. Saint Luke described the early
Christians. He said,
LUKE: The friends of Jesus made a great
stir in the city. They lived day by day in God's way, as Jesus had
shown - Peter, James and John explained it to them.
They lived together like members of one family. When they had supper
together, they broke the loaf, shared it as Jesus had done and
remembered what Jesus had done for everybody everywhere.
They spent much time in prayer.
They lived together and shared everything with one another. They shared
their meals together with real happiness.
All this was their way of thanking God for all he had done for them.
The people in the city thought well of them. Day by day, with God's
help, their numbers grew. They were one in heart and mind. And none of
them thought that his own things were just for his own use; they were
for everybody to share.
8. So the early Christians made it very
clear what Jesus being alive again really meant.
So today, in our school, let us try to be kind to everybody like Jesus
and the early Christians were.
9. Thank you, God, for all that school
means to us. For all the things which we can find out and explore with
Thank you, God, for the friends that we make here.
Thank you, God, for all the fun of the games that we play.
Thank you, God.
10. Dear Lord, some of us are new in this
school. Help us to settle in and to make friends. Amen.
11. Dear Lord, please help us to make
good use of this new start. Help us to do our best in lessons. Amen.
12. Dear Lord, please help us to look
after the school and all the people in it. Amen.
13. We will now pray like the early
Let us now sing "Bind Us Together" by Bob Gillman (Celebration Hymnal
for Everyone number 80)