Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Not quite the end of the world

It wasn't quite the end of the world but it was the end of our Big Picture course tonight and the theme was the end of the world - or, more properly, the Day of the Lord, the return of Christ, the end of this world and the beginning of the new improved version of the creation that God will usher in on that day.

Christians believe in getting stuck into this world, and that's why it was good that while the Big Picturers were meeting in the south lounge, we were playing host in the main body of the church to the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Community Council, bringing together councillors, local people, churches and societies and agencies with a concern for the local area. But whilst we believe in fully getting stuck into this world, we also look forward to the completion of God's big plan and the eventual re-creation of all things. That's why we are people of hope.

The day had begun, however, with an educational theme.

First up were two assemblies for St James's School, and this being world water week (the whole school is thinking about water), our focus was on Jesus words about life-giving water to the woman at the well in John 4.

This was followed by a meeting of the Faith Group of the governing body, charged with overseeing
the Christian distinctiveness of the school. Today we were looking at the policy for Religious Education, a legal requirement for any school, and a vital component of the curriculum for a church school.

The children are getting ready for a special focus on Easter in the last week of term, culminating with Bishop Michael's visit to our end of term service in church on April 4th and his first visit to St James's School.

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