It has also been a week when we have seen courageous bravery, working together, and praying together.
It has been a week when people from all around the city have renewed their commitment to work together for the common good.
At the end of the week St John’s CE Primary School invited children, staff, parents, local faith leaders, and supporters to come together in the school playground on Friday afternoon as an act of hope and solidarity. “At St John’s school, we are uniting together to show we care.” Each children from the youngest to the oldest had made a paper flower, and all were invited to place their flowers to form a heart in the playground. Parents had brought bunches of flowers to add to the tribute. Over 500 children and adults came together, united in care and concern.
Two beautiful poems of hope, written by children, were read out. Children spoke so well and with great conviction. Fr Ian invited us to join together in prayer, for the victims of their tragedy, all affected by it, and for ourselves. Mr Choudhury a local Imam condemned those who responsible for the bombing and encouraged us to stand together in love and care. Children read from the Qu’ran. All the children were an inspiration throughout. Finally Ms Morgan led all in song encouraging us to have pride in our great city.
This was a beautiful and appropriate act at the end of a terrible week in Manchester’s history. The school created for the community, and for us all, a special moment of reflection, hope and peace.