XPLORERS CLUB May 2019
Xplorers is a new after-school club set up by members of Thirsk Parish Team. It is held at St Wilfrid's Church in South Kilvington on Wednesdays and led by Rev Jill. The children have a snack and have fun learning more about Bible stories and characters and Christian values. In these pictures they have been making boxes of encouragement after learning about Paul's friend and helper, Barnabus.
ASH WEDNESDAY IN SOUTH KILVINGTON March 2019
Reverend Jill Gillanders led a lovely service for the children in St Wilfrid’s Church on 6th March to introduce the season of Lent. The focus was on forgiveness, saying sorry and making amends when we know we have hurt someone else in some way. Reverend Jill and churchwarden Terry Cussons demonstrated the origins of Ash Wednesday by drawing a cross on each other’s foreheads using ash from last year’s burned palm crosses. Children were invited to do the same if they wished to.
After the service everyone moved to the Village Green for pancake races. The school staff won the opening race against a team from the church, with lots of cheering and encouragement from the spectators. Each class then had a race in their sports teams, with Acacia gaining the most points. Despite the damp weather, it was lovely to see some parents and villagers turn out to support the children and enjoy hot drinks provided by the church.
ADVENT TRAIL December 2018
Mrs Collins and the worship team worked with Tracey Taylor at St Mary's Church to create an Advent Trail around the church in Thirsk. The worship team from Sutton-in-the-Forest CE Primary School came to try out the trail before each class visited the seven stations. There were opportunities to think about different aspects of advent and how it means different things to different people. The stations included learning about navigation, refugees, special gifts and the roles of different characters from the story of the birth of Jesus. The trail was open to the public over the weekend too.
OPEN THE BOOK
Open the book is a dramatic presentation of Bible stories acted out by a team of volunteers, following a script based on the Lion Storyteller Bible. Thirsk Parishes have formed a team to visit local schools and contribute to their programmes of Collective Worship. We are very pleased to welcome the team to South Kilvington each half term. So far they have presented stories from Genesis, the first book of the Bible: Creation, Adam & Eve, Noah and the Flood, and the story of Joseph.
REMEMBRANCE EVENT November 2018
The whole school gathered in St Wilfrid's churchyard around a large wooden cross while parents and villagers watched from the village green next to the church. Reverend David Biggs introduced the children's contributions of poems, prayers and hymns before the last post was played and a member of Thirsk British Legion read the dedication. Following two minutes silence, the school recorder band played while each child placed a pebble, which they had decorated with a poppy, to form the figure 100. Every child contributed and we hope this event will help them remember the huge cost of so many lives in World War 1.
HELPING OTHERS AT HARVEST TIME
The theme for this year's harvest thanksgiving service was "Stop Waste". In school, as part of RE work in classes, we learned about the creation story in the Bible and thought about the wonderful world we live in and how we can look after God's world. One idea was to reduce the amount of waste we produce so that resources aren't used up and can be shared around the world more fairly. We especially thought about not wasting food at lunchtimes. Our harvest charity this year was Thirsk Food Bank. We collected lots of items to be shared with others who need it.
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