Share the Miracle

This Easter we’d like to invite the schools to engage in ShareTheMiracle and help ‘put a dent in loneliness’ locally. The inter-generational concept, originally trialed in Westminster and endorsed by the Lord Mayor was run by a growing number of Anglican schools last year.

Specifically we ask schools to run a ‘ShareTheMiracle Station’ (a simple collection point for Easter Eggs)

  1. Invite school children, parents, teachers, governors or anyone else associated with the school to donate an Easter egg
    • Whilst individuals may choose to donate any egg, some may like to use the Meaningful Chocolate Eggs that are fair trade and include details of the Easter Story
  2. Give them to the elderly locally in an inter-generational expression of kindness.
    • Some schools choose to go further and take the school choir to sing, arrange a tea party or encourage an exchange of story telling about the local area for example.
  3. Share what happened on social media (#ShareTheMiracle) to help encourage and inspire others.

*Further information is available at https://www.sharethemiracle.org/get-involved/schools/

Once your ShareTheMiracle Station is registered online, you receive a free resource pack via email that includes posters that can be printed, emailed and put on your social media sites to tell everyone that your Station is open and ready to receive their chocolate eggs.

The ShareTheMiracle vision is to see a wave of kindness transform local communities far and wide at Easter. It provides a simple way to start a conversation, meet people you may not ordinarily and reach out to those less fortunate locally.

The giving of an egg has proven to be a catalyst to ‘little miracles’. The egg that starts a conversation, an elderly person to feel less lonely when a school reaches out. The possibilities are endless. Each egg has the opportunity to change a situation and each act of kindness helps strengthen your community, form friendships and release hope.

RE Development Day

R.E. Teacher Development Day

Wednesday 4th March 2020

9.15a.m. – 3.30p.m.

St. Matthew’s Church Centre, St. Matthew’s Close, Church Hill, Walsall, WS1 3DG

Following on from the success of last year’s training, led by Lat Blaylock and Angela Hill from R.E. Today, we are arranging a third annual conference.

The training will again be led by Lat Blaylock who will be supported by a second R.E. Today adviser, Angela Hill.  Following the success of last year’s training, the programme will be again be designed to provide some general cross-phase input as well as some phase specific phase based sessions where participants will be divided into primary and secondary based groups.

In response to feedback from last year’s training, there will be an additional session between 4.00p.m. and 5.00p.m. where colleagues from school can join those who have attended in the day for a brief update and to provide an opportunity for discussion of some of the key themes covered during the day.

Lat Blaylock has devised a more detailed programme of the day (overleaf).

This is training provided at a cost of £30 per place for schools within Lichfield Diocese and £50 per place otherwise with refreshments including lunch provided.  Unfortunately individual schools will be responsible for meeting any cover costs.

If you would like to book places on this training please email the names of participants along with the name of the school to st-smith-d@bluecoatacademy.org by Friday 14th February 2020.

Thy Kingdom Come – Prayer Resource

The Family Prayer Adventure podcasts are a fun and engaging way to help families pray together. There is one following each daily theme of Thy Kingdom Come, and they are about 10-12 minutes long. They feature a game, an interactive Bible story (written and performed by folks like Bob Hartman), a chance to pray and great music. Share them with families and other mixed-age groups, and use them alongside the Prayer Adventure Map and Journal.

Click here to be taken to the resource.

Lily’s Garden Blessing

The Bishop blesses Lily’s Garden

 15th November 2019

On a rather rainy day the Bishop of Lichfield, Michael Ipgrave visited St Edward’s Church of England Academy to lead collective worship and provide a blessing for ‘Lily’s Garden’.

 Lily’s Garden is a project that has been partly sponsored by Allchurches Trust Limited and Breeze House Designs based in Leek. The garden is located in the central quad of the Academy and was an area that had become over grown and was only used in the sunnier summer months but is now available for pupils and staff to use no matter what the Moorlands weather might throw at them. Whether it be for simply spending time together outside, for collective worship and reflection, whilst tending the allotments, or whilst sitting eating lunch, the structure provided by Breeze House has given an impressive central focal point.

The garden is in memory of a dedicated friend and colleague of the Academy who was well loved by all who met her, Mrs Lily Vernon. During the spring and summer months the garden will be planted out by pupils not only from St Edward’s but also from The Meadows and Springfields Special Schools. There will be lots of flowers and scented plants to attract wildlife and give a sensory element to the centre of the school.

The Academy is very grateful to Allchurches Trust for providing the funding for this area. Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and gave more than £16 million to churches, charities and communities in 2018. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Bishop Michael was impressed with the work that has been undertaken and could see the potential the garden has for the entire community.

Mr Norman Vernon, Lily’s husband and Academy janitor stated: “This is a lasting memory for Lily and will give everyone at St Edward’s a lovely space to enjoy. She would have loved it!”

The Academy would like to offer its gratitude to Allchurches Trust and Breeze House for their support, without which this project could not have taken place.

Thanks also go to the pupils, parents and staff who have been involved in bringing this project into existence.

Christingle at St Leonard’s

Bishop Michael, in conjunction with Reverend Debra, led the Christingle service for pupils at Leonard’s church.

He then came back to visit the school to hear the choir sing; have a tour of the school with the worship committee and then finally ended his visit having tea and cake with a group of children.

Laila from the worship committee said ‘that it was a real honour having tea with the Bishop and getting to show him around

our lovely school’ she was also rather pleased that he loved her home baked lemon drizzle cake.

Rosy and Kayden aged 7 and 8 had discussion with the Bishop about the work they have been doing in RE thinking about what they thought Jesus would think about the modern day Christmas.

They both thought that Jesus might be a bit sad because sometimes people forget the true meaning of Christmas and get overloaded buying too many presents but they also thought that Jesus would feel happy because of all of the love and kindness that Christmas brings.

 

Christingle is always a lovely celebration that our children take part in but this year will be one to remember forever!