On Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Sheridan James lead a Peace workshop with the Year 5 children. It was an excellent afternoon, where the children explored different ways of finding peace in their daily lives, as part of their RE unit of work.
Sheridan explained: “Peace is a really deep word – with lots of meanings and lots of layers. When we think about the word all the meanings relate to each other and strengthen our understanding of what it means.”
She also shared her experiences of a pilgrimage to Iona and a 6 day silent retreat to St Beuno’s in North Wales, before kindly singing with the children at the end of their own Peace Pilgrimage.
Sheridan explained: “All the major world religions go on pilgrimage. This is a journey of moral or spiritual significance to somewhere very special and holy. It normally involves walking, a sense of needing to persevere and a sense of being somewhere special and significant.”
The children undertook their own short peace pilgrimage – from Edmund Waller School, to the top of the Telegraph Hill Upper Park. They walked in silence – just taking the time to notice their breathing, the birds, the trees, the sky.
And they each carried a stone – a Peace Stone. When they arrived the top, they walked silently into St Catherine’s Church grounds and built a Peace Cairn.
Sheridan explained: “A Cairn is an intentional, human made pile or stack of rocks. Usually see them up in the mountains – to mark the highest point or a significant waymarker. It comes from the Scottish Gaelic word càrn.”
So, the children built a Peace Cairn, on top of Telegraph Hill, as a waymarker – to show their commitment to PEACE.
We would like to say a huge Thank You to Rev Sheridan James for preparing such an engaging session for the children and sharing her personal experiences of finding Peace.
Look out for the children’s blog posts next week.
Have a peaceful weekend.