Let The Children Come
As part of the diocesan "Thy Kingdom Come" initiative, working closely with local Pulford School, Leighton Buzzard's All Saints church decided to use the Church's year to introduce a new younger generation to the Christian way.
The concept, which was visualised by Leighton Buzzard's Vicar, Canon Grant Fellows, was an interactive trail that could be accompanied by a leader or self led.
During the four days it was open, Head teacher David Heather and other teachers and leaders from Pulford and the church conducted more than 500 local children from schools throughout the local area on a step by step journey from Advent to Pentecost. Visitors of all ages were drawn in to walk the trail including the Bishop of Bedford who was shown round by some children from Pulford School.
On display were eye catching stations showing the colours of the Church's year and unveiling the story they represent. The journey began with a giant Advent dream catcher and ended with Pentecost fire and balloons in the church's upper chapel,
On the way there were things to do and think about, dream clouds, water turned into wine, pancakes to eat, ashes to apply, a cross that changed words and prayer trees. Judging by the children's faces and comments from their teachers and escorts, they all had an enjoyable and informative time - even the ladies in the local sandwich shop had heard about what had been happening!
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