Thank you God for moments like these. This is why I love this job!
Yesterday, I admitted another group of year 5’s to communion before confirmation at a whole school communion service. At the moment there are only two whole school communion services a year so there is a great sense of excitement and anticipation in the run up. Hymns/songs are chosen and the children write the prayers. Middle school children aged 9-13 haven’t got self conscious yet and they sing really well. (It is not at all half hearted)
Each year, we admit about fifty children, about a third of the year group. Communion services are part of our identity as a church school. What I love so much about them is the buzz of excitement from the children mixed with a sense of awe. I always feel that I am standing on holy ground. I wish some adults would approach the sacrament with the same sense of anticipation.
Excitement and holiness.; what a terrific mix! And what a huge privilege to have something to give each child and to ask God to bless all those children even if it leaves my hands sticky with hair gel!
We had a head from another school and some ‘sceptical’ clergy observing this year. I hope they went away inspired.