Rebuilding Community – In & After Lockdown
This suite of resources has been created by Diocesan Advisors from Canterbury, Guildford, Rochester and St Albans Dioceses to support schools in rebuilding their communities as we gradually emerge from lockdown. The resources have been inspired by the Old Testament books, Ezra and Nehemiah. They contain the story of the return of the Israelites from exile in Babylon. There are many parallels between the story of the Israelites and what is happening in our schools now; that is why this story has been the foundation for these resources. ‘Let us start rebuilding’ (Nehemiah 2:18).
The materials in Pack 4 allow for pupils to join in Collective Worship from home or school. You will find tailored packs with ‘School Act of Worship’ and ‘Worship at Home’ in their titles. You might like to allow for more time than usual for worship, or organise the reflective activities on a different day.
A new collective worship will be made available every week between the beginning of June and the end of the summer term 2020 – you will find the link for these at the bottom of this page (Find the icon).
Pack 1: Reflecting on the challenges. A short set of reflections for school leaders considering the parallels between Nehemiah’s decision making and leadership situation and yours as a school leader now in 2020.
Pack 4: Rebuilding – Acts of Collective Worship for primary schools based on the story of Nehemiah ⇓
Pack 5: Support for curating an age-appropriate Leavers’ Service, marking transition in a spiritual way. This resource is based on the ‘Road to Emmaus’ story from the New Testament, when Jesus walked with two of his followers from Jerusalem to Emmaus.