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All Saints alive in year 3!

Posted on: 23 Mar 2015 by Weston Green School | Category: Key Stage 2, Year 3

The pupils had a very interesting afternoon at the All Saints Church as part of their RE topic on Christianity. Weston Green School go to the church for the Harvest Service, Nativities and Carol Service, but the pupils from 3M will look with different eyes when they go there from now on. They now know so many interesting facts about the main features of a Christian church. Ian Whitley, the parish missioner, took them on a tour of the building to show them the main features and explained all the meanings and uses. He reminded them that a church is the Christian place of worship and that the focus for Christians is the expression of a belief in Jesus.

One of the many interesting facts they learnt is that the area immediately around the altar, known as the sanctuary, was a very popular place to flee if you were a criminal. Because it is a sacred place, it gave them immunity from arrest. However, this right was finally abolished in 1697.

Everyone was keen to light and extinguish a candle using a special lighter and a snuffer. The most popular challenge was to ring the church bell and most of the pupils took it up. It was not as easy as it looks as you have to pull the rope and then stop it, but James managed to have success. Ian put the vicar’s robes on Etta and explained what colours are used throughout the church year as well as what they symbolise.

They all agreed that it was a worthwhile visit and gave them a much better understanding of a Christian place of worship.

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