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Marking the beginning of Lent: Ash Wednesday

02 March 2017


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The pupils and staff of Wootton St Andrews Church of England (VA) Primary School gathered in their local parish church for a special service for Ash Wednesday.

The service, which was lead by the Revd Alan Wright and the pupils, included prayers and songs, and three of the children took on the parts of the narrator, Jesus and the Devil for a dramatic account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by the Devil. The children and staff also heard of the significance of Lent, with time for reflection on how we behave and how God is with us each day of our lives.

Later in the service, everyone was invited to receive a visible sign of the cross, made from the ash of last years Palm Crosses, on their foreheads, before all were sent out with Gods blessing. After the service, some of the children were asked what they thought of their time in church, with some of their responses as follows:

  • ​Year 2 – “I love singing in church. The songs sound better and it makes me feel good.

  • Year 4  I have never had an ash cross before and it made me think about being the best I can be.

  • Year 4  It made me feel happy. In church you can say sorry.

  • Year 2  The ash cross on my head made me feel really, really special.

  • Year 5  The service made me think about how brave Jesus was and how I should think about my behaviour.

  • Year 5  The service made me feel special. I havent been baptised but the ash cross made me feel like I am part of the family of the church.

  • Year 3  The the cross made me feel special. It was like a celebration.

  • Year 3  “The service was special. The church makes feel like I am in the family of life.


The next Sunday service at Wootton St Andrews Church is to be held on Sunday, 12th March 2017. A service of Family Communion, beginning at 9.30am, there will also be further services during Lent on 26th March and 9th April.

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