Inspiring poems

Year 6 children from St John’s and St Chrysostom’s schools came to church for a haiku afternoon.

Reading our Haikus

Reading our Haikus

They learnt how to write their own haikus as well as hearing some that had already been written and then set about seeking inspiration in and around church.

The stained glass windows, with their depictions of saints and bright colours proved to be the most inspirational with one child claiming “they melt our eyes with colour” in his poem.

The tabernacle also proved popular with the children focussing on the

Tabernacle bright,

Mystery held inside,

Silent on the altar.

The afternoon was hugely creative with every child writing at least two haikus and then, if they wanted to, reading them out in an impromptu poetry recital. Hopefully we will see much more poetry from the two schools in the future and maybe even have a hidden future poet laureate in our midst!

 Dust Floating slowly

Maybe centuries have passed

Ageing rapidly

  –  Hana & Sumia, from St John’s

A memorial

Guarding names from history

Never forgetting

   – Osman, St Chrysostom’s


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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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