Following a tour of the school, and a school dinner, Bishop Mark led the children of Yrs 4 and 5 from school to to Church. The children come from many different faith backgrounds.
It was a lovely sight to see them walking together, and in church together. The service itself, at which two of the children were also baptised, was inspiring. Bishop Mark spoke of the value of friendship – with God, with one another. His encouraging words were appropriate for all faiths. The children were so attentive and involved. All the classes were a credit to the school, and Bishop Mark thanked both children and staff for giving him a special day too.
Congratulations to Joshua, Narcis, Jayson, Solomon, Keziah, Kayla, and Uranzaya who were confirmed. (Uranzaya and Jayson were also baptised). They commented ‘It was really wonderful…’ ‘I was very happy and blessed…’ ‘When I was confirmed I felt peaceful, holy and excited…’ ‘It was simply lovely…’
Mr Elswood, Executive Headteacher said: “In front of their peers the children declared their faith and knew the strength of support of the staff, friends and family. A lovely afternoon service that it was a privilege to be witness to. Thanks to Father Ian and Bishop Mark for the warm welcome and enjoyable service.”
Mrs Heslop Yr4 teacher said: “It was such an honour to witness some of children get confirmed by Bishop Mark today. The service was wonderfully moving and Bishop Mark thoroughly charming and engaging as always. A joyous afternoon that left me with a beautiful sense of enlightenment. ”
“The children were wonderfully prayerful as they shared the joy of their friends’ Confirmation day” (Bishop Mark)