Easter with the Grange Primary School
The Young Peoples Committee from St Paul’s Church in Grange-over-Sands arranged a special Easter event in Grange CofE Primary School. Thirty-seven children enjoyed the activities which started with some energetic parachute games, a good way to run off energy! Following this, the children made standing figures of Jesus, soldiers, priests and onlookers, together with palm trees, houses and temples, all to form part of the School’s end-of-term service in the Parish Church.
No event is complete without eating and the children enjoyed special Easter Buns complete with crosses and eggs.
The grand finale was drama. Led by Canon Nick Ash, Team Rector, all 37 children and the adult helpers acted out the Easter story, moving in and out of the city walls, unfolding the journey that Jesus took almost 2000 years ago. They followed His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper with His disciples, the betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane, His arrest and trial before Pontius Pilate, the Crucifixion and finally the placing of His body in the tomb. It was good to see so many parents who came in to watch the ending to this very successful event.
At the end-of-term service all the classes participated in presenting different aspects of the Easter Story in paintings, song, music and speaking activities. Parents, carers and families attended and it was a lovely beginning to the Easter holiday. Many of the church congregation were there to enjoy the service.
The children attending the Easter event were involved in creating a tableau at the front of the Church, bringing up their craft work as Canon Nick told the Easter story, ‘From Palm Sunday to Easter Day’.
As the story started, children processed down the central aisle waving cloths and shouting ‘Hosanna’. Next came the figures of Jesus and the donkey, followed by people waving palm crosses and palm leaves. As the story unfolded, more figures processed to the front, followed by a purple cloth to be laid on the Last Supper table, and lastly the patten with bread and the chalice used in the Church Eucharist services were brought up.
The story continued as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and was betrayed by Judas Iscariot. He was taken before Pontius Pilate and finally led to the cross. The children processed with the hill, the crosses symbolising the robbers who were crucified alongside Jesus, and the soldier leading Jesus and the cross towards crucifixion. The crowd followed Jesus as he carried his cross, shouting ‘Crucify Him’. The crown of thorns was placed on His head and it was then that we heard the sound of the curtain in the temple being torn.
Finally the children took up the plants to represent the garden where Jesus was laid in the tomb. People followed the plants with the tomb and a white folded cloth in which to wrap the body.
Everyone in the congregation enjoyed the service and many thanks go to all the school staff and the members of St Paul’s Church who made this so successful.