All are welcome here to walk with Jesus as we love, learn and flourish.

 

 

On Wednesday we started Lent, with our Lenten promises in our hearts we made the commitment to give and give up a little more, in Jesus’ name. But giving up can seem very hard for those who are in need – and that includes ourselves. We are all at a moment in our lives when the world in which we live seems so broken that even waking up with a smile on our faces and gratitude in our hearts can seem very, very hard. Even if we’re not amongst the millions who are now struggling to make ends meet, it is impossible to turn on our TVs, or indeed our phones or tablets, without being reminded of the sadness and horror that fills our planet. So, what do our Lenten promises mean in a world filled with such anguish?

Well – it may seem hard to believe – but they mean everything. For at heart, our Lenten promises are about so much more than what we give or give up, in fact they are about taking the time to move closer in faith to our Lord. Through prayer, sacrifice and giving, we open a space in ourselves to really communicate with God – and we are certainly at a moment in history when we need strong communication. God so loved us all, that He gave His only Son to be our saviour, and just as it was then, even now He is there to bring us safely through the hard times.

So, this weekend, can we take the time to focus more energy on our talks with God? We may already be well on our way with our Lenten promises, but can we add in more prayer time as well? Perhaps we can park at the back of the supermarket car park and say a quick prayer on the walk to the front doors? Maybe we can turn off our social media for half an hour, and commit the extra time to God? Or how about scrolling through our phone contact list and randomly picking a contact and saying a heartfelt prayer for them? And whatever we do, we know that it brings us closer to God, and – in so doing – it brings us closer to humanity.

Ephesians 6:23 (GNT) May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give to all Christians peace and love with faith.

 

Following Boris Johnson’s 8pm announcement we now know that as of midnight tonight the country has entered a new period of Lockdown, a Lockdown that includes the closure of school. 

School will be open for the children of Key Workers and for pupils who are deemed vulnerable. All pupils will be provided with work in order for them to keep learning. 

Tonight’s announcement was very short notice for you as parents and also for us as a Staff. Tomorrow, by 11am there will be three tasks on the school website for each Class to complete as their Tuesday learning. However, School will be closed to ALL pupils tomorrow. 

 

Staff, however, will be in school preparing for the rest of the Lockdown. Through tomorrow we will prepare school to make it safe for Key worker pupils and vulnerable children to return. 

We will send out a form for you to apply for a place in the Keyworker Bubbles and we will let you know more about how children will be learning remotely. We will do our very best to re-open to Key Worker children and vulnerable pupils by Wednesday. 

I am aware of how difficult this is for you all, School closing creates a multitude of problems for everyone but data surrounding this awful disease dictates that this is a necessary step. As ever, the safety and health of everyone must be a priority. 

Thank you for your continued support and we will be in frequent contact over the next few days. 

Many thanks

Claire Halstead