Koinonia is Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians.  Kononia is an important part of our daily school routine and enables children and staff to think about values, particularly Christian values, the impact they have on children’s everyday lives and to reflect on God and the teachings of the Bible.

Our aims for Koinonia are to:

  • Provide opportunities for worshipping God.
  • Provide opportunities for participants to develop a closer relationship with God.
  • Encourage a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty, power and mystery of the world.
  • Encourage resilience in the face of local and global current events.
  • Encourage the development of a sense of spirituality.
  • Encourage a sense of community within and beyond the school.
  • Foster a sense of fellowship by bringing together pupils and staff to celebrate shared values in the school and in the community.
  • Share experiences such as special occasions and events in relation to individual pupils within the school, to the school as a whole, or to the wider community.
  • Enable children to develop their understanding of the Christian faith and of the teachings of the Church.
  • Acknowledge, understand and respect difference and diversity, recognising that we are all unique and loved by God.
  • Enable children to consider moral issues.
  • Give time for quiet reflection, prayer and other appropriate responses.

Worship should be a positive experience for the children. We aim to allow them the opportunity to explore different approaches to Christian worship.

Christian Values

Our collective worship is based on a Christian value each half term. We run a 3-year cycle, exploring the following values:

 

2016 – 17

2017 – 18

2018 – 19

Term 1

Hope

Thankfulness

Koinonia

Term 2

Friendship

Compassion

Reverence

Term 3

Endurance

Justice

Peace

Term 4

Forgiveness

Service

Trust

Term 5

Humility

Creation

Generosity

Term 6 Wisdom Responsibility

Courage

This term’s value being explored is ‘Reverence’.

As Moses approached the presence of God in the burning bush, God said to him: ‘Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’ This scene captures something of the essence of ‘reverence.’  Reverence is the proper human response to what is holy and sacred. It is related to awe and respect. It is this profound respect that is expressed in the Biblical phrase ‘the fear of the Lord’. This is not fear in the sense of terror or abject grovelling but a reverent acknowledgement of God’s greatness and our complete dependence.  Such reverence is the proper response to the mystery of life and death, or to the created world in which we live.
This profound respect for God is the spring from which true worship flows. Although only God is truly worthy of reverence and worship, the Bible also contains the related concept of ‘honouring’. We are asked to honour one another and one of the ten commandments instructs us to honour our father and mother. (Christian Values for Schools).

Children are being encouraged to reflect on what they think is ‘awesome’ and what awe feels like, as reverence can be quite a difficult concept to understand.

We will also be thinking about respect, particularly as this links in with this year’s Anti-bullying Week theme, and how we can show respect.

Finally, we will be asking children to reflect on the concept of honouring.

It would be useful if parents could talk to their children about any/all of the ideas we will be thinking about this term and how they are reflected in your family.

This term we are also excited to be working on a community reading project with St. Swithun’s Church, Bathford Governors and the Bath & Wells MAT.  We will be exploring ways in which we can strengthen our ties within the community through a shared love of and enjoyment in reading.