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Jesus said to his disciples: “If someone does something wrong, go and discuss it with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back that person. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you. If he still refuses to listen, report it to the community. If he refuses to listen even to the whole community, then he has made an outsider of himself.” Matthew 18:15
Many years ago my elder sister, red-haired and with a matching temper, was being badly treated by others in her class. When playing hockey they’d deliberately smash their hockey sticks against her shins. She could reasonably have been expected to give them a taste of their own medicine. Surprisingly, instead, she saw the chief bully on her own and said, “Please tell me if there is anything I have done to upset you and I will gladly apologise.” At that point, the fire of their hatred went out and she had no more trouble. There will always be disagreements in the world. There will be huge disagreements such as those between nations; there will be disagreements even within our own nation, such as between the people who want Brexit and those who don’t. Equally, there will always be small disagreements between friends and family members. In this Gospel Jesus is telling us not to deal with disagreements by being unkind, vindictive or vengeful but to tackle it through reasonable and peaceful dialogue. By talking about it calmly. For as many times as people upset us or let us down, there will be many times when we know we have let them and God down. In other words, we will know that it is us who is in the wrong. When we feel like that, it is important to remember that Jesus himself comes to us every day and invites us to talk it over with him.
“Come, let us talk this over, says the Lord. No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool. If you will only let me help you. Come now … let us talk this over …” Isaiah 1:18
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“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and out of slavery” Ex 20:20. God first identifies himself as our God, the God whose loves sets us free from all that enslaves us. These words show that God’s ‘commands’ are really an invitation to respond with gratitude to his saving love. If our obedience to God’s law is servile, mere legalism, then, like the ancient Israelites, we should cry out in prayer to be released from that slavery and to enjoy the freedom of God’s beloved children in Christ. God wants to break every chain that binds us, so that, in loving obedience to his will, we can enjoy true freedom and life in abundance.
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Roke Lane and parking - Take Care
Please, please can we remind parents to drive carefully along Roke Lane and the surrounding areas. There are other families walking to and from local schools at drop off and pick up. We also like to remind you not to double park in the school car park. Thank you.
Pre-Prep children in the car park
Please can Pre-Prep parents ensure that they accompany their child around the edge of the lower playground, cross over in front of the arch and then walk inside the barrier around the edge of the Chapel. Thank you.
Reminder to download your Engage App
Double First has developed and released a mobile app for the Parent Portal. It enables quick and secure access to vital information and we hope it has all the information you require on your mobile device. Please note that it is a pared down version of the portal but more functionality will be added in coming months.
The app is available to download from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. Once downloaded on your device open the app and input the school code 6BypJfdaY1 on the welcome screen. Enter your account with the same User name (your email address) and Password that you use for the Parent Portal. Once the app is installed then please ensure that in device settings notifications are turned on for the Engage App.
Wanted! Apple Press
Does anyone have an apple press that Mr Shreeve could borrow/use please?
Water Bottles Years 3 - 8
Please could all children in Years 3 - 8 bring a named water bottle in to School for games lessons and matches.
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