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Year 5 held a class liturgy this afternoon (Wednesday 22nd May). The children planned each aspect of the liturgy in small groups and then decided as a whole class how they wanted to carry it out. They chose to gather in the hall, sitting in a circle around a focal point which included the Bible, a cross, a candle and a picture of tree bearing apples.
The children decided to read Peter’s message about the Holy Spirit taken from Acts 2:32-39 and 41-42. They choose this because it explains how God gave us the gift of the Holy spirit. “Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit.”
In response to the gospel, the children choose to say a prayer called ‘Come Holy Spirit’ which they had read in class. They also decided to explain each of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that we had discussed during this topic. These are: love, patience, humility, joy, kindness, self-control, peace, goodness and faithfulness.
For the final part of our liturgy, going forth, the children chose to pass around a candle and say which of the fruits they think God has given them. They also thought about which they would like to have and wrote a prayer about this to share with their parents.
It was a lovely reflective prayer time and it was great to see lots of parents join in too.