This week pupils and staff at St Peter’s school received ashes to mark the start of Lent.
On Ash Wednesday, Miss Keogh (Lay Chaplain at Oaklands) and I visited the Year 1 and Reception classes to explain the reason for the distribution of ashes, and administer ashes to each child and colleague in the class.
Next, pupils from Years 2 to 6 gathered in the hall to hear the Gospel reading on Christ’s temptation in the desert before the beginning of his ministry here on earth. The pupils were then asked to commit to actions or behaviours that would, during Lent, go the extra mile to reach out to those in need or those lacking friendship, love or happiness. Finally, Miss Keogh and I distributed ashes to the 300 plus pupils and staff in the service, pictured below.
Mr R Cunningham