Our school community here at Ellel St John’s has indeed prepared a way for the Lord this advent. Through events and activities, in both the parish and the community, we hope we have shown our children the true meaning for the celebrations this Christmas and that we have helped to share some of that message with those around us.
Our celebrations began on the 2nd December as we all got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed our traditional Decoration Day events which helped to turn the school into a sparkling and colourfully festive place to be.
The two Christingle services saw the children telling the story of Christmas in song, word, music and drama and they were beautiful acts of worship completely led by the children themselves.
Our Christmas Fair was a real success helping to raise valuable funds whilst helping to further develop the sense of community here at Ellel.
Mrs Padfield took the choir to sing at two local gatherings – firstly at Hillcroft Home and then to the Golden Gates afternoon at the village hall. Needless to say they were warmly greeted and appreciated at both venues.
The children from Acorn, Beech and Holly class put on two funny and entertaining performances of The Whoops-a-Daisy Angel which brought smiles all around to the families and friends of those watching. At the Christingle Services and the Nativity Services a collection was made for the Children’s Society and the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service. Due to the generosity of the school community we sent £150 to the Children’s Society and the Rotakids presented LDHAS with a cheque for £255.
On Sunday 18th December we welcomed the community of St John’s Church here into school for their Sunday Service of Carols and Communion. The hall was full of families and children celebrating the season and awaiting the birth of Jesus.
Finally on our last day of term we held a service of Good News at St John’s Church as we counted down the last few days before we celebrate the birth of our King – as well as waiting for Father Christmas!
Lest we forget…
As a school we honoured those who have given their lives in the many wars and conflicts over the years. The day began with all the school gathering at the cenotaph at St John’s Church for a short service at which every class laid a wreath of poppies made by each child. As well as prayers,te remembrance a song and observing the 2 minute silence, we had the Last Post played by a young man, James Marsh, from LRGS.
Later in the afternoon we welcomed over a hundred friends and families of the school to our afternoon of song and poetry as each class entertained us with a song they had learned. We also raised funds for the Royal British Legion.
It was a day on which the children of Ellel St John’s once again acted with respect and reverence for the fallen of the wars.
Ellel St John’s School were delighted to welcome St John’s Parish on Sunday 11th September to celebrate Education Sunday. It was heartwarming to see the school hall packed with children and adults celebrating together. The morning got off to a great start with bacon butties and refreshments before singing and praising filled the air. There were lots of requests for it to happen every month! There are a few photos below.
The altar set for Communion
Peter and the children at the altar
Some of the children singing
I can’t think of a better way to start the new school year than to spend the day acting, singing, creating, baking, reflecting, praying and dancing! It was a very special day for all the school as the children took time to find out more about the Eucharist and what it means before preparing and contributing to a moving service, shared by many of our parents and friends.
Special thanks to Craig and Peter, Bishop Graham Dow, Mr Thomas and several parishioners from St John’s for helping us to get to understand and experience this important Christian celebration. Have a look at the photos below for a flavour of the day.
Bishop Graham Dow leads us in our morning worship
Year 6 asked him some very hard questions!
The hall is full as we prepare to start our service
We shared some of the things we are sorry about
Peter tells us the story of the Last Supper
Receiving the communion bread
What is the Kingdom of God like.
All the children in school experienced a day of quiet reflection and prayer led by members of staff from school and from the parish of St John’s. Prayer Spaces were set up in school and in Church and the children spent time at each space reflecting on things as varied as how wonderful and unique they are to letting go of past hurts and grudges. We had the chance to ask God any question we wanted to and sat back and watched our thoughts and prayers go up to God like the bubbles in the Bubble Tube. When the children walked from school to Church they saw footprints along the way, linking the two places. Our thanks go to the Craig, Helen, Olivia and Adam for their care and support of the children throughout the day. The children’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive with requests for it to be much longer next time!
The prayer tree in church
Letting go of our grudges whilst watching the fizzy tablets dissolving.
Our names are written on the palm of God’s Hand
Each one of us is special and unique just like our fingerprints.
How wonderful I am!
The stones we carried from school to church and washed in the baptismal font.
The bread that is shared during the Eucharist