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Elloe East Deanery hosts successful schools event

06 June 2017


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We were pleased to receive the following report from Gill Graper, describing an event for schoolchildren in Elloe East Deanery...


Elloe East Deanery recently organised an event for all Year 4 children from 16 primary schools, as part of its ongoing mission work. Running from 23rd25th May, each school came to Gedney Victory Hall for half a day, and this year over 370 children thoroughly enjoyed a range of experiences.

The children explored the story of Joseph, from the Old Testament, through drama, music, dance and craft, gaining an understanding of how God is with us always, even through the most difficult times. The various activities are delivered by ACT II, a professional theatre company, based in Spalding, and Katrina Brackenbury, a freelance dance instructor and choreographer.  The children were given a T-shirt as a permanent reminder of their involvement in the event.                                                           

The deanery was fortunate to receive part funding for the event from the Mary Bass Trust, but was delighted this year to have also received support from the diocesan Transformation Fund.  With increasing numbers of children coming to the event, this support was invaluable in helping to deliver an excellent project. Evidence shows that schools are happy that the different and original activities bring to life a Bible story and help children to explore its true meaning.

Visitors to the event during the three days included local clergy, school governors and Bishops Visitors, who all wholeheartedly support this example of thoughtful missionary work. A spokesperson for the event said, The children are fully engaged with the activities and enjoy working together with pupils from other schools. At the end of every session, each group gives a very confident performance to everyone of what they have learnt and created during their session. It is really impressive how much is achieved in a short space of time.

The photo at the top of the page shows pupils from Tydd St Mary school wearing their T-shirts, together with their local priest, the Revd David Oxtoby, and a school governor and a member of staff.

The photo below shows an example of an activity  children playing junk-band instruments, creating sound impressions of parts of the Joseph story.

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If other deaneries are interested in hosting a similar event, Gill is happy to offer advice and information. Please contact the Communications Officer in the first instance.