Our trip to St Mary's Church - written by Alex
On Thursday 15th November 2018 class 4/5 went to St Mary’s Church in Freeland. We walked down in pairs because we wanted to learn more about prayer.
Firstly, we sat down on the pews where Reverend David was waiting for us (I was sitting next to Josh). Silently, we listened to Rev David speak about how Christians prayed. Before very long he had moved on to talking about hassocks – cushions that help Christians pray. They help you pray by you kneeling on them.
Secondly, Rev David showed us some other things around the church for example the stations of the cross (paintings that tell the story of Jesus being crucified) which are labelled with Roman numerals up to 14. There are other things like a candle holder and stain glass windows that showed stories in the bible.
Thirdly, we went to the font (the place where people are baptised) to talk about baptism. The font is always located by the door. Once Rev David said that someone had brought water from the river Jordan where Jesus was baptised.
On the roof, Rev David said that if he chased bats out of the church he would get sent to prison however if he sent out a homeless person he wouldn’t go to jail, which is outrageous. In the walls, there is a room called the parvis which is actually very rare in a church it has lots of stuff that the church isn’t using.
In summary, I enjoyed my visit to the church because Rev David taught me a lot I didn’t know.
Reverend Sue joined Year 4/5 for their RE lesson this week. All term we have been learning about the importance of prayer for Christians and other faiths. We have had some very interesting discussion and the children were eager to ask Reverend Sue some questions.
During the session Reverend Sue talked about how Christians pray and what they can use to help them. The children were encouraged to listen to some music and reflect on it, creating artwork.