On Tuesday 6th July Year 10 students came together for their Eucharist. Our current Year 10’s have not had a Eucharist since Year 8 as their Year 9 service was cancelled as it fell in week one of lockdown 1 in 2020.
Due to the current requirements we are working to, unlike previous years where a Eucharist is for a whole year group, the service was held in smaller groups, two Houses at a time. Therefore, there were four services over the day.
Our service was led by our Year 10 clergy member Reverend Jo King and she was assisted by our Year 8 clergy member Reverend Emma Ham-Riche. Jo reflected on how the last year has been one of missed opportunities and there has been much to be sad about. She guided students to think about some of those sadness’s, to lament them, but also to look forward with hope founded in the resilience of our experience.
During the service Eddie Borbone, Amber Irvine, Eve Ursell and Tom Pegg gave readings from the Psalms and Matthew 9 32-38 and led the prayers of intercession using the words of an ancient prayer of St Francis to enable students to pray for themselves, those around them and the wider world.
Students were given a small stone to help them reflect and before being invited to take the Eucharist they could bring their pebble and cast it into some water to represent giving to God the things that have made them cross, sad, disappointed, confused, lonely, abandoned or despairing over the last 18 months.
When students go to the altar they have three choices - they can receive communion by lifting their hands, they can receive a blessing by bowing their head, or they can just say no by looking in the eye of the person offering the bread and shaking their head. After they had made their choice at the altar, students were invited to collect a cross to represent that they are safe in the knowledge that there is a God who loves them, regardless of how they feel about God.
It was wonderful to bring students together again in this way and enable them to have an opportunity to reflect, pray and receive.
Mrs R Bradberry – Collective Worship Leader