During the second half term in autumn, we focus on FRIENDSHIP as a whole school value.
Autumn 2 Friendship
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
David and Jonathan Samuel 1:18-19
18 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
David and Jonathan were friends even though their situation made them rivals for the crown – Jonathan being the eldest son of King Saul and David, the son of Jesse of Bethlehem. Jonathan was incredibly loyal towards David, warning him of King Saul’s intent to kill him.
As children progress through school, friendship is explored for deeper meaning.
What do you think friendship means?
What does it mean to be a friend? How are you a friend?
Is friendship always easy?
Here are some additional quotes about friendship from the Bible.
'I speak to you as my friends' (John 15:15).
Jesus was known as the 'friend of sinners' (Matthew 11:19).
'A friend is always a friend' (Proverbs 17:17).
'A true friend is closer than your own family' (Proverbs 18:24).
'You can trust a friend who corrects you' (Proverbs 27:6).
Abraham and Moses are known as 'friends of God' (2 Chronicles 20:7 and Exodus 33:11).
'You are better off having a friend than being all alone... If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble' (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
Words about Friendship
There are lots of famous sayings about friendship written by the great and the good. The fact that there is such a wealth of advice and wisdom on friendship shows how important friendship is for our general well-being and our fulfilment as people.
'What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship.'
'Friendship is equality.'
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