1000 children hear about Jesus at Norwich Cathedral
Over 1,000 children visited Norwich Cathedral during Schools Week in October where they heard about who Jesus is through Bible reading, storytelling, drama and dance.
The annual joint C of E Primary schools week was held over five days 13th-17th October - a shared event between the Cathedral and the Diocesan Board for Schools.
Janet Marshall is Head of Schools & Family Learning and she describes the event, which focused on Jesus' question to his disciples, 'And who do you say I am?'
"This was my first experience of it and a very positive one at that! What a week!
Our theme explored the ‘I AM’ sayings of Jesus and a variety of challenging workshops were set up round the cathedral and Hostry. Through dance the children explored Jesus’ presence with us in our lives ‘I am’.
Through drama and activities they explored ‘I am the True Vine’. ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’ was challengingly tackled through singing as they explored the song ‘Amazing Grace’.
All three Diocesan Bishops, and chaplains past and present took turns to help Arenia (a.k.a. me) the Shepherdess explore ‘I am the Good Shepherd’ through story telling . It became rather an ‘X Factor’ challenge by day five. I thoroughly enjoyed shepherding them and the children, we had great fun! I would not dare to score them but a huge well done to them all!
The Diocesan Children’s and Youth teams laid on some amazing Prayer Spaces in the South Transept with domes and tents, washing lines and prayer walls. Children were invited to pose questions for God and some fantastic contributions were made. Meanwhile ‘I am the Bread of Life’ was explored through rhythm, song and eating! The children’s responses were phenomenal as may be seen below.
Our new Nth aisle Trinity windows took centre stage as children reflected on their meaning and symbolism whilst also considering Jesus’ saying: ‘I am the light of the world’. They also created their own stained glass designs with paper.
The day culminated in a joyous time of collective worship in the nave. This was a chance for all to celebrate their achievements and pray together before departing. There was an enormous sense of ‘ownership’ as the children ‘engaged with’ and enjoyed feeling at home in ‘their’ cathedral, alongside so many others from their sister CE schools’ family across the Diocese. It was a privilege to be a part of thes days. Huge thanks to Diocesan staff and volunteers and to our own team of cathedral volunteers. We could not have done it without your hard work and support!"