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Forgiveness

I have the privilege each week of leading collective worship (assembly) in our two primary schools. This term we have been thinking about the Christian value of forgiveness and have been listening to stories from the Bible that speak of people who have been forgiven. Most of us know that we should forgive those who hurt us, but when we are hurt most of us are tempted either to be a passive doormat or to strike back and escalate the cycle of violence.  We have been helping the children with more creative responses.

On Shrove Tuesday at Charlton Horethorne School we devoted the whole day to the theme. I always love reflection days in school as we are able to work with the children in mixed age groups and do some creative work with them. The day began early with a pancake breakfast cooked by parents. I think over two hundred pancakes were consumed! We talked about the beginning of Lent and what it means to say sorry. We then had great fun out on the playground burning Palm crosses to make ash for the Ash Wednesday services across the benefice.

I am always humbled by the depth of thinking on these days.  The children came up with some profound ideas about what forgiveness might mean. One child said they thought ‘forgiveness was a hug’, another said that Jesus ‘arms on the cross’ looked like they were opening to give us a hug. Spot on I would say! On Good Friday we remember that God loved us so much that he opened wide his arms of love to die on the cross and embrace us with forgiveness and love.

Do look out for the times of our Holy Week and Easter Services across the Benefice.

Rev Sarah

I have the privilege each week of leading collective worship (assembly) in our two primary schools. This term we have been thinking about the Christian value of forgiveness and have been listening to stories from the Bible that speak of people who have been forgiven. Most of us know that we should forgive those who hurt us, but when we are hurt most of us are tempted either to be a passive doormat or to strike back and escalate the cycle of violence.  We have been helping the children with more creative responses.

On Shrove Tuesday at Charlton Horethorne School we devoted the whole day to the theme. I always love reflection days in school as we are able to work with the children in mixed age groups and do some creative work with them. The day began early with a pancake breakfast cooked by parents. I think over two hundred pancakes were consumed! We talked about the beginning of Lent and what it means to say sorry. We then had great fun out on the playground burning Palm crosses to make ash for the Ash Wednesday services across the benefice.

I am always humbled by the depth of thinking on these days.  The children came up with some profound ideas about what forgiveness might mean. One child said they thought ‘forgiveness was a hug’, another said that Jesus ‘arms on the cross’ looked like they were opening to give us a hug. Spot on I would say! On Good Friday we remember that God loved us so much that he opened wide his arms of love to die on the cross and embrace us with forgiveness and love.

Do look out for the times of our Holy Week and Easter Services across the Benefice.

Rev Sarah

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