Creation Season is a worldwide, ecumenical recognition of the need to pray for God’s creation, and is held between 1st September (the World Day of Prayer for Creation) and 4th October (the feast of St Francis of Assisi). At St Mary’s we couldn’t celebrate this season at the same time as the rest of the world, so we did it from 8th October to 5th November instead!
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Chloe visited St Mary’s in April to tell us about her year teaching in Honduras. She has now arrived there and has completed her first week at the school. You can read about this and more in her blog – click here
Every year our JAM Celebration and Fun Day celebrates the achievement of those who have been at our after school JAM clubs for this academic year.
This year’s event was extra special as it was the last one with Dean Taylor leading as he steps down as Children and Youth Worker in July after 7 years in this role. In a video played during the service, some our our JAM Club children and Sunday School children told us what they loved about JAM club and how Dean had helped them.
Here are a few pictures from the service (with the inevitable, popular messy game), followed by a barbecue, bouncy castles, face painting and fun on the school field.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have published a 2017 General Election letter highlighting the place of faith in British life. The full letter can be found on the Church of England website here.
On Sunday 2nd April at our 10.30 service we welcomed Chloe White from Woodrush Sixth form who told us about the project she’ll be working with during her year in Honduras.
Chloe writes,”The work of volunteers with young Hondurans is crucial in such a politically and socially turbulent environment, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world’s highest murder rate. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. The average school leaving age is 11 and children suffer greatly due to the huge prevalence of gangs; a key aim of my year is to work with these at risk young people and increase engagement as well as attendance at school.
“During my 12 months I will be living with a Honduran family in a remote, rural area of the country; fully submersed in the language and culture. During the week I will be teaching a range of English, maths, science, humanities and arts in local schools. My students will be from impoverished families and therefore an education and ability to speak English is imperative to a brighter future.”