Today, the children were welcomed across to St Mary’s Church to take part in our ‘Experience Harvest’ event. There were five interactive stations where the children were encouraged to reflect upon the harvests of the sea, the garden, the grain, the flock and the earth. They had the opportunity to create a clay pinch pot, and an origami boat and work together to create a weave. Throughout the activities, the children thought about what we could learn from the harvest. For example: being patient like the farmers waiting for the perfect time to harvest their crops. We also thought about how we could be faithful to God, show humility to others (by putting their needs first) be joyful givers and be generous to those in need. Above all, the children learnt about being thankful for all that God has given us and learnt how to fill ourselves with peace. It was a truly lovely day.
The children from Year Two to Year Six have spent time at St Mary’s Church, to participate in the ‘Experience Church’ event. This gave them the opportunity to reflect, discuss and learn about the importance of the different parts of the Church and the role that they play in the life of the Church. The stations included: the entrance, Lectern, Font, Altar, Votive Stand, Kneelers and the stories in the windows. The children really enjoyed creating their own stained glass windows, to create candle holders to reflect that ‘Jesus is the Light of the World.’ They also created origami birds, in which they folded their worries, and flew them away. Lots of deeper discussions were held about Christians being disciples of God and about the importance of prayer. The children learnt about the Christian values and the value of what we can bring to the Church and take away into the wider world.
The Year Two to Year Six children have taken part in a number of hands-on and reflective activities, in order to learn all about Christmas. They have learnt about why Jesus was a gift and also how they can prepare their hearts for Christmas, during Advent, by forgiving others and saying sorry for any wrongdoings. They also learnt how to overcome their fears and have confidence, when they face any challenges, understanding that God would be with them, just like he was with Mary when she received the announcement from an angel. The children were left with the question, after listening to the words of the poet Christina Rossetti, how could they give their heart to others and carry on Jesus’ work through their actions’.
The Year Two to Year Six children have taken part in a number of exciting and thought provoking activities, in order to learn all about Pentecost. They have learnt all about the value of waiting patiently for things, working together as a team and being brave in difficult situations. They know how the word and love of God started small and is now followed across the world. The children were left with the question, how can you show God’s love through your actions?
The children had an exciting and informative visit, across to St Mary’s Church, to participate in our ‘Experience Easter’ event. There were various interactive stations, situated around the church, to enable the children to experience the events of holy week and reflect upon them. They took part in a number of activities, from sampling the bread and wine at the Last Supper, hanging their worries and fears on the tree in the Garden of Gethsemane, and writing their hopes and dreams on stones to place at the foot of the cross. Lots of interesting and in-depth questioning took place, to gain a deeper understanding of our Christian values, and how we can be the children of God, carrying on what we have learnt to improve the lives of others.
The children were invited across to St Mary’s Church to participate in the ‘Experience Church’ event. There were various stations where they learnt about the importance of the different features of the church and how they are used. These included: The Font, Lectern, votive candle holders, Altar, door and stained glass windows. The children had great fun, creating their own stained glass candle holders, prayers and origami birds. They participated in many discussions to gain a deeper understanding into the many Christian values that are promoted. They learnt the importance of what we ourselves can bring to the Church and also take with us into our lives.
The Year Four Easter assembly was held in church with each child taking part. The pupils worked really hard to ensure that they new all the words to re- tell the story of Easter week. It was was a fantastic success! The class were amazing, not only in their acting skills, but their beautiful singing voices, with Thomas and Joseph giving eye watering solo performances! Joshua Collins took the role of Jesus very seriously and wowed the congregation with his acting. Mrs Higgins and Mrs Booth are so impressed and proud of the achievements of this impressive group of budding actors and actresses. Well done everybody.
St Mary’s pupils find out more about Pentecost as they experience each station and gain a deeper understanding of the Pentecost story at St. Mary’s Church.
Station 1 Waiting for the Holy Spirit to come
Station 2 Receiving the Holy Spirit
Station 3 Telling others the Good News
Station 4 Doing and taking action
Station 5 Sharing and working together
Station 6 Growing the Church growing in the power of the Spirit
St Mary’s pupils find out more about Christmas as they experience each station and gain a deeper understanding of the Christmas story at St. Mary’s Church.
Station 1 The Preparation
Station 2 The Announcement
Station 3 The Promises
Station 4 The Journey
Station 5 The Message
Station 6 The Giftl done everybody.