About 18 months ago I was made aware that there was going to be a ‘pot of money’ from the government to allow mainly privately run groups to apply for, to have work done to improve the facilities that pre-schools offer.  So as soon as possible I started to apply.

The School Cross PictureWhilst walking through the hall at school past all the colourful displays of children’s work I stopped to take in this wonderful cross.

I paused to thank God for the wonderful Christian witness the children of Christ Church Primary School experience everyday.  How fantastic that they sit at the foot of this cross daily during their services and can take in the message that is displayed so prominently in their school. Jesus taught us to love one another so in our school we value …

… Wisdom, Hope, Compassion, Humility, Thankfulness,
Trust, Forgiveness, Fellowship, Endurance, Creation,
Peace, Friendship, Reverence and Justice
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Let us take up God’s invitation to live life courageously

When my children were much younger they couldn’t work out why it wasn’t possible to have Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday all in the same week!  I have to say there were moments in my time as a Parish Priest when I wished that could have been the case. But think what I might have missed.  Those forty days of Lent are when we’re invited to pay attention to the things of God within us and around us because so often in the rest of the year we don’t.  We are all familiar with the story of Moses and the burning bush, but reflect on it again just for a moment. 

'I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks as Headteacher at Christ Church Primary School – the time has really flown by.  As in all schools, there is always a lot to do, but I feel very supported by all the staff working at the school.  It’s the children that really make a school though and I’ve been very impressed with the warm, friendly and enthusiastic nature of the pupils at Christ Church.  They really care about the school and I’ve had the pleasure to work with the School / Eco- Council already and I’ve seen how responsible and committed they are to improving their school.  All of this helps to create the ‘special atmosphere’ that many visitors comment on.'

On a dreamy day recently, I was sat with my foot up (broken ankle!) and had three wishes:- 1.    Everyone gave by Bankers Orders, so that money went straight to the bank, which is safer and requires less counting or
recording and I knew what was due in each month when paying bills, or if not... 2.    Regular giving by Giving Envelopes.   3.    and with either method Giving with Gift Aid to increase the amount given by 25%. I imagined a rush for Bankers Orders, Giving Envelopes and Gift Aid Declarations, all available from the Church Office or Treasurer, and thought ‘Why Not?’. Audrey Flew

 

“Read and Return”

I guess because it’s tucked away in a corner of the church (and sometimes obscured by notice boards!) the Lending Library tends to get overlooked.  However, its shelves are filled with a very good selection of recent books, many of which are still currently on sale in the book shops, whilst others are ‘classics’ which are out of print and not available anywhere else. Paradoxically, the very simplicity of the scheme confuses people!  “Where do I sign to say I’ve taken a book?” is a question I’m sometimes asked.  The thing is – you don’t!