All Saints and All Souls
Recently at church we celebrated All Saints Day, which is a celebration of all the saints, living on earth and alive in heaven. It is a day when we can to turn to the joyful example set by saints in the past and present.
Of course, one problem we have is that we often think of saints as ancient, dead, very holy, special people. However, the biblical understanding of a saint is someone whom God has made holy and it will affect the way they live their lives.
This week each class has been learning about a Saint and also someone from now or recent history, it could even be someone they know but it is someone who is living their life in the way that reflects God.
Reception and Nursery have learnt about Saint Monica, they learnt about how she was a mummy who prayed and prayed for her son and never gave up on him, just as their Mums love and care for them.
1K learnt about Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, how she wanted dignity for all. They also learnt about Sister Ruth who helps run Cornerstones helping the homeless of Manchester.
2F learnt about Saint Bernadette, a young girl who was often very poorly that Mary chose to appear to. They also learnt about how doctors and nurses help the sick today.
2S learnt about Saint Anthony the Patron Saint of lost things.
3JM learnt about Saint Jerome who translated the Bible into Latin to make it accessible to many more people. They also learnt about how Prince Harry has worked with the injured armed forces, raising awareness and developing the Invictus games.
4C learnt about Saint Francis of Assisi and how he encouraged people to solve problems through love not fighting. They also learnt about Nelson Mandela who fought for social justice for black people in South Africa and always advocated peaceful protests.
4G learnt about Saint Christopher the Patron Saint of children. They also learnt about Esther Rantzen's Childline which works to give children in danger a voice.
5B learnt about Pope John Paul 2nd and how he overcame personal difficulties and lived a life of forgiveness.
6E learnt about Saint Vincent de Paul and how he turned concern for the poor into action creating a charity in his name. They also learnt about Pope Francis who is currently encouraging the youth of today to stand up and be counted proclaiming that new modern situations require new energy and a new commitment.
6G learnt about Joan of Arc, a young girl who stood up for what she believed in despite being very young and also a girl in times when women had very few rights. They also learnt about Rosa Parks a young woman who stood up for what she believed in, equality regardless of race. Rosa fought the establishment despite being young and a woman and black in times of great prejudice.
Life in the Spirit
As a continuation in their journey in Faith, the Year 4 children worked with Mrs Boswell on the Life in The Spirit programme.