Thoughts for the Week, from the Chaplain

Week Beginning: 14 September 2020,   This week's theme: An Olavian is Respectful

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the believers, fear God, honour the king. 1 Peter 2:17

List some people who you respect. What makes you want to respect them? Is it easy to respect everyone? Why/why not? How would you define respect?

Let every person respect the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God.  Romans 13:1

Do you have respect for government and authorities? If not why not? What would make the giving of that respect easier?
What changes might you need to make to allow others to respect you?

Prayer for this week Additional Prayer for difficult times The School Prayer

Heavenly Father, 
The beauty and dignity of all human life was the crown of your creation. So special are we that your Son became one with us in his incarnation. Help us to realise the uniqueness of all human life and to respect everyone. Give us courage to speak with truth, love and respect. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not respect others. Forgive us for the times we have not shown respect and help us to always be respectful of ourselves, of others, of You and of those whose responsibility is to lead us. We ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.



Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Eternal God,
Help us through our duty to you
To love our neighbour,
To care for others,
To do our best for and in school,
To work for the common good of our community,
And to care for ourselves as we serve you.


Assemblies and Readings

During the current suituation, and social distancing restrictions, virtual assemblies will be held during afternoon registration on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and where appropriate associated digital materials shared with students will be published below.

Thursday 10th September 2020


Celtic Circle Prayer

Circle me Father God, Keep love within and hatred without, Keep hope within and despair without, Keep peace within and anxiety without. Circle me Father God, Keep strength within and weakness without, Keep faith within and doubt without, Keep light within and darkness without. Circle me Father God, Surround me with your love, Surround me with your protection, Surround me with your peace.


Prayers and resources booklet for this difficult time and a message from Julie Bowen, School Chaplain

Dear readers,

Together with other clergy I have put together this booklet for my congregation that offers some prayers, liturgy and Bible readings as well as where to turn for spiritual programming during this difficult time. 

Please take care of yourselves and your families, keep an eye out for neighbours and as we are unable to visit the phone is a valuable tool for contact especially with the elderly.

The following is an old Irish blessing which I am praying for you all at this time:

Love and blessings to you all,

May the road rise up to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face; 
May the rains fall soft upon your fields 
and until we meet again, 
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.








O gracious and Holy Father,

Give us wisdom to perceive you,

Diligence to seek you,

Patience to wait for you.

Eyes to behold you.

A heart to meditate on you,

And a life to proclaim you.

Through the power of the Spirit

Of Jesus Christ our Lord,