Wythnos 2 - Week 2
2nd candle - John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, whose work was to prepare the way for Jesus’ arrival. He baptised the people in the river Jordan and shared his faith with the people.
The second candle and second week of advent refers to the work of John the Baptist who prepared the way for Jesus’ coming. It shows John’s faith that Jesus would arrive as a Saviour who would lead and change people for the better. His faith that Jesus would see all of us as equal and would give us sanctuary and direction within his love for us.
We hear a lot about equality and our rights in the world today. In our schools the rights within the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child UNCRC are paramount. Article 22 (refugee children) states
If a child is seeking refuge or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance. To help them enjoy all the rights in the Convention, governments must help refugee children who are separated from their parents to be reunited with them.
During this special time of year when we look forward to seeing our family and friends, this year especially as we have all been separated from our loved ones, bringing everyone together holds a special resonance and urgency.
Classes across the school have been discussing the rights of refugee children.
Wythnos 1 - Week 1
The first candle on the advent wreath signifies the Prophets telling us about the coming, the arrival of a special king that God had sent. A king who was fair, righteous, who brought peace and love. It gives us hope.
This week pupils across the school discussed the meaning of advent during collective worship. We talked about a time of preparation and getting ready for something special. We asked children to be mindful of others who may not be so fortunate at this time of year.
In class, pupils have been looking at the story Refuge by Anne Booth & Sam Usher. Worship Leaders from each class will share the work that has been completed at the end of the week during collective worship.