During the week commencing 8th February, children will play/hear about* a game where a blindfolded child has to navigate their way to an agreed position with instructions from another child.
This will help them to realise how important it is to listen for instructions, and how good it feels when you get given the help you need!
* For children who are remote learning at the moment, why not play this blindfold game at home to help them understand the teaching more?
Within six weeks, we'll celebrate the most important feast of the Church's year, Easter. Through baptism, we share in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ and then, at Pentecost, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are given the new life of Christ to be lived out in this life but to be experienced in its fullness in heaven, sharing the very glory of God's life.
Perhaps all that sounds a bit much to get the head round! No matter. Let's just receive the message that Easter is worth preparing for. The period of preparation is ‘Lent’, a word closely connected with 'Spring' and new life. Contrary to some images of Lent being bleak, one of the prayers of the Church calls this penitential season a 'joyful season of grace'.
As outlined in the Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday, we're asked to emphasise three aspects of Christian living: prayer, fasting and alms giving.
Fr Digby Samuels