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 ‘Koinonia’.

The use of the original Greek word emphasises the strength and importance of this concept within the Christian faith.  Koinonia means ‘that which is in common’ and is often translated as ‘fellowship’ or ‘community’. Other translations might include ‘union’, ‘partnership’, or ‘being yoked together’. A yoke is a shaped piece of wood that goes across the shoulders, often linking two animals. By combining their strength, it helps work to be done and burdens to be carried.

Koinonia expresses the quality of relationship within the Christian community. It is based on fellowship with Jesus. Through him, Christians share the relationship that Jesus has with God. In John 17, Jesus prays that all his followers may be ‘perfectly one’ as he and the Father are one. Through him, Christians become sons and daughters of God and therefore brothers and sisters of each other. They are all members of the same family.

A central element of being a family is interdependence: all are needed and valued and each person is important to the whole. The same message is found in Paul’s image of the Christian community as the body of Christ. Each member of the body shares the joys and sufferings of the others and each depends upon everyone else.

The foundation of Christian koinonia is Christ’s self giving on the cross, the supreme demonstration of his love for all. We love because he loved us first.

For the first Christians, this was expressed in a genuine common life with shared meals, shared possessions and practical support for the poor. The Christian church today continues to serve not only those within the Christian community but any who are in need (Christian Values for Schools).

In the same way, all members of Bathford Church School – children, teachers, TAs, parents, kitchen staff, governors and all the myriad of other visitors who cross our doorstep – share our joys and sufferings and depend upon everyone else.  This is then extended out to our family at St. Swithun’s Church and further beyond to our family in the Bath Hub and to the family in the Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust.

This term we are excited to be working on a community 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.