Parable Garden provides fresh ideas and resources to enable Collective Worship and creative reflection, both indoors and outdoors
Parables and spiritual lessons in nature
Jesus is known to have spent much time outdoors praying, travelling from place to place teaching, talking with people, healing the sick. As a creative communicator he used parables based on natural everyday objects and processes to explain theology and the values of the Kingdom of God.
Spiritual lessons embodied in natural processes in the Bible are a key element of church liturgy and worship, and continue to inspire Christian writers, poets, song writers and visual artists. There is a wealth of material available within Christian traditions to resource Collective worship and reflection on nature inspired themes.
Parable Garden team are delighted to lead school assemblies. Collective worship Assembly themes include:
- Tree of Life – seasonal reflections – roots, shoots, leaves and fruit
- God’s Big Story – What on earth have gardens got to do with God?
- How can birds and flowers teach us about handling our worries?
- What on earth is God’s Kingdom?
- How can parables help us find treasure?
- How can butterflies help us deal with change?
- The Creator's Creative Creatures
Creative Reflection on the seasons in nature and practical cultivation supports growth of spiritual awareness with all ages. Parable Garden provides ideas and resources for seasonal reflection for classroom and outdoor collective worship and reflection:
Encouraging a sense of Wonder - Collective Worship Outdoors is an easy and worthwhile way of enriching children's spirituality particularly when the time that they would naturally spend outside is limited because of watching television or sitting at a computer. It is increasingly important for children of all ages to be given opportunity to observe nature, the seasons, to practice listening and recognising natural sounds, such as those of animals and birds, to be taught how to identify different species.
"Ants are creatures of little strength yet they store up food in summer" (Proverbs 30: 25)