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!