Monday, December 14, 2009

Signs of the Kingdom, Signs of the times - Week 3, Monday

I've blogged more than once before about the rather wonderful school at the top of the hill (not, sadly, the same hill which gives Church on the Hill its name - the school for that community closed before I left university),  a school whose staff work with children disadvantaged in so many ways, care for them passionately and teach them to believe in themselves. It stands as a sign of the Kingdom for me all the year round, not just during Advent.

Though it's not a church school, we've now established warm and friendly relations. I'm in there for Assembly at least once a month, getting to know both staff and children, and tonight the Juniors brought their Carol Service down to Church in the Valley. It was a simple service, with short readings delivered beautifully, telling the story from Annunciation to Epiphany and 100% traditional carols sung with great enthusiasm by all the children. It made me very smiley to think that this group of children at least will have the same sound-track to Christmas that I grew up with...whatever else overlays that foundation.

All lovely stuff, then - but perhaps most specially the tortoiseshell butterfly that was roused by the warmth as the church heaters lurched into action, which flew from the sanctuary down the nave over the heads of the delighted children and then returned to settle gently on, of all things, the Christmas tree.
New life, anyone?

7 comments:

Chris said...

Wonderful! Have you come across Cursillo? (Not an irrelevant question...)

Songbird said...

Gorgeous!

ElastiGirl said...

Lovely!!

gloriousthings said...

So glad the children are learning some traditional carols. We have been teaching some at school this week so that the children will sing well at their carol service tonight. Staff expressed sadness that the children didn't know We three kings, even the wrong words!

Song in my Heart said...

I know it isn't the same butterfly that turned up at Nearest Church this autumn and danced for us in the smoke of the incense, but I like the thought that it might have been moved by the same spirit...

Kathryn said...

Chris - I know of Cursillo of course, but haven't any personal experience...(and there's no such thing as an irrelevant question if you are as ENFP as I am!)

Chris said...

Bit more J than P, I came out...
Cursillo was defined by a pal of mine as a refresher course for tired Christians - just about sums up my experience!