On Wednesday 19th June, Year 5 and Year 1 spent a day at Church and the Parish Centre for a Day of Reflection. The day started with a few craft activities, including decorating their own prayer cross. This was followed by Mass in Church, where the children joined parishioners. Many parishioners and Fr John commented on the children’s fantastic behaviour and reverence during Mass. Fr John was especially impressed with the spontaneous prayers that Year 5 shared.
After Mass, Fr John and Deacon Hugh held a questions and answer session for the children – the children asked some quite challenging questions! The children then spent time exploring Church, answering questions about what they could see and what was in Church. Lots of the children were amazed at the things they miss seeing when they are at Mass on a Sunday!
In the afternoon, Year 5 led Year 1 in worship, which they had planned and prepared themselves at school, having only been given the scripture and a template of the format they are used to. Finally, the children had an hour reflecting and praying in the many prayer stations that had been set up around Church, including: duplo prayers; thinking about special people in their lives and making a pipe cleaner person; writing questions that they would ask God; and using a cardboard box, thinking about injustices in our world and praying for those people who do not have homes.