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

What will you be doing this Sunday? For most of us, at least a portion of our time will be dedicated to our Mothers – and for many, this year will be particularly poignant. This last twelve months have presented us with difficulties that we probably never imagined having to face in our lifetimes. We have been deprived of school, of family visits, parties, and – above all of these – the chance to have a hug with our loved ones. In many ways we are lucky, a video conversation with a distant loved one would have been unthinkable twenty years ago, and now we have a wealth of choice, but certainly – a video call and a virtual hug in a text message, can never be the same as real face-to-face contact.

So, this Sunday, as we prepare for a somewhat different Mothering Sunday, perhaps we can focus on the wonder that is love. Love that spans all distances, love that we can feel even after our loved one is no longer here on earth, love that can pick us up when we are hurt or sad. It is through love, that we have the power to flourish, and through love that we can ourselves change the world. As today’s verse reminds us – no one has ever seen God, but in loving one another, we show God’s love to all mankind.

It may be that we are restricted in what we do this weekend, but if love is at the heart of whatever we do, then we will get through these difficult times, and even emerge stronger.

 

1 John 4:12 (ESV)

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

 

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