During the BCS Experience Easter Week, St Mary’s welcomed every class at Bowdon Church School to take part in a five station interactive prayer walk around the church. The children were read the Easter story and then journeyed from Palm Sunday, placing pebbles at the cross, to feet washing and then the Last Supper where they were fed real bread and blackcurrant juice. After that, they thought about solitude, made plasticine models in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed for all those in need at the foot of the huge wooden cross, draped in red cloth. The empty tomb was erected at school and apparently involved chocolate eggs!
The cumulative effect of the interactive stations brought out brilliantly the hope, sorrow, solitude, humbleness, agony and joy of Christ’s Passion to us all in a really meaningful way. The thoughtful questioning, openness, honesty and unbridled joy I witnessed from the children who took part in this Easter experience made me realise how important it is to have an honest faith in God and that, as children do, we should simply take God at His Word and trust that our Father in heaven will be with us wherever we go.
Kirsten Wood, Parish Development