Today we have completed the Visits from and to Brooksbank School. All 10 Year 7 Classes visit All Saints, and then we have an opportunity to lead a session for each Class back in School, talking about the life and work of a Priest.
The Questions are always fun.
Amongst this year's gems were:
'Don't you think you should be doing a proper job?'
'Why do you wear that plastic thing round your neck?'
'Is it wrong to sit on a Gravestone?'
'Do you burn the Bodies?' - My Answer, Are you talking about Cremation? - 'Yes, what happens when you burn a body?'
'Is there anything banned in Church?'
We did conclude, however, with my being told, 'It would be a shame if Church wasn't there - there would be nowhere to sit when you needed help'.
Monday, 21 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
The Commemoration of St Martin of Tours, Patron Saint of the Armed Forces, who turned from warfare to be a servant of the Prince of Peace.
A Fresco by Simone Martini, showing St Martin leaving the life of chivalry and renouncing the Army.
St Martin discovered what our own generation is yet to learn, that wars will end when we no longer see the need to fight. His Feast Day provides a fitting back-drop to the observance of Remembrance Day, and a reminder that there is always a better way.
Today saw a Royal Visit to Overgate Hospice, as the Duke of Gloucester returned, after his Visit in 2009 to formally open the new Day Hospice Extensions. The Visit included an Act of Remembrance at 11am, which I was delighted to be asked to lead.
Much of this week has been taken up with hosting visits from Brooksbank High and West Vale Primary Schools to All Saints. Over the next couple of weeks, together with my colleagues, we will be leading follow up sessions in Brooksbank, on what it is like to be a Priest.
As the School serves an area wider than Elland, for many, it is their first visit to All Saints. We ask the young people first of all to sit quietly, and then describe how the building feels, almost inevitably getting the response, 'Peaceful.' Out of the mouths of babes....