Most people say ‘Amen’ at the end of prayers. I couldn’t help but smile to myself when, at the end of a prayer, one of the children at school called out ‘chicken nuggets’ – I guess last night’s food was repeating on him (cheap joke sorry).
Welcome to Munamato. This is our Fresh Expression; a form of church for our changing culture. Munamato takes place in St Chrysostom’s Primary School. Once a week, before the school day begins, we explore faith and prayer in a fun and creative way. It’s a peaceful time when we welcome any of the school children and staff to gather and reflect and pray.
Earlier this week we made an EasterGarden – I say ‘we’ – it was in fact the children who crafted a garden far better than any adult could create. It truly was wonderful to see children of different ages, cultures and faiths, working together – sharing a vision.
It made me think about how our Lord spoke about children ‘for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ Children truly are models of how the kingdom of God is received. This was captured well in more words from my little friend above. Once the EasterGarden was finished, he sat back, and let out a spontaneous cry of joy: ‘Cor, this really is Easter.’
We are about to enter that most sacred week, when we will journey with Christ through Holy Week. We will contemplate the salvation that Christ brought to all humankind through his Passion, death and Resurrection. And so let us pray that, come Easter morning, we too will be able to share in that spontaneous cry of joy: ‘Cor this really is Easter.’
Rev Tracy Charnock.