Video: Is Peace Possible?

Video: Is Peace Possible?

As we approach Remembrance Sunday I thought this video might be a useful way into a discussion with groups whether peace is possible. Sourced from Soomo Publishing. Discussion Is peace possible? What does peace mean? Is it just the absence of fighting? What do you think are the biggest causes of conflict? …at a local level? Globally? Does being “peaceful” mean being “passive”? Can you fight for peace or is that a contradiction? Can a country where people are oppressed and their human rights are abused be described as “peaceful”?...
Assembly/Reflection: Is peace possible?

Assembly/Reflection: Is peace possible?

We are in a unique position after the events of Remembrance. What filled our screens and facebook feeds over the past few days has quickly been replaced with the Christmas adverts for the major stores and shops. We’ve taken off our poppies and already we begin to look towards the excitement of Christmas. You might have seen this ad on TV recently – it portrays the ceasefire that took place between the troops on Christmas Eve 1914. http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Sainsburys-OFFICIAL-Christmas-2014-Ad.mp4 Is peace possible? The joy of the ceasefire is quickly replaced again with the noise of shells and warfare. However the relationships and bonds forged as soldiers lay down their weapons continued in the minds and hearts of those involved; forever changed no longer seeing the world in the black and white terms of friend or foe. War can rage on the outside and it can rage on the inside too but peace IS possible. Although it may only be momentary and brief. As we saw in the advert peace often involves one person stepping out, letting go of fear and embracing sacrifice. Could you be that person? What situations could you affect change in? What might peace look like in your own life? Are there fears that you need to let go of? Now go forth into this day – to live your hopes and not your fears, knowing you are held in holy hands by a love that will never let you...
Remembrance Day Assembly Script

Remembrance Day Assembly Script

Remembrance Day Assembly Script Every year at the beginning of November, people begin to wear poppies. We all know that it’s something to do with remembering people who have died in wars, but sometimes it can feel that it doesn’t have much to do with us personally. But if you are one of the many people who have been affected by recent wars such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan you probably wish that other people knew more about the sacrifices that soldiers have made, and continue to make. The story of the poppy begins during the First World War, or, as it was more commonly known back then, The Great War. The Great War broke out a hundred years ago in July 1914. It seems hard to believe now, but there were celebrations in the streets and long queues of young men at army recruiting offices, eager to join up. They dreamed of heroism on the battlefields, winning medals to the glory of Great Britain and wanted to put the “upstart Germans” back in their place. It would all be over by Christmas, or so they thought. But this was war on a scale that had never been seen before. This was the first war to use aeroplanes, tanks and submarines; and machine guns, mortars and poison gas meant that thousands of people could be killed in minutes. In the face of such overwhelming destructive power, defense became increasingly important, so miles and miles of slimy trenches were dug across northern France and Belgium. Patriotic enthusiasm soon evaporated to be replaced by grim disillusionment. These poems help to...