Parent newsletter

April 2022                                           

From the unfolding events in Ukraine, to the government changing laws about mandatory school opening times, to unexpected happenings at the Oscars; this world can sometimes seem very unsettled and unpredictable. But in April we celebrate the centre point of our faith and the reason for our hope and joy in the face of uncertainty: Easter!

Before reaching Easter however, we have 2 weeks left of Lent. Throughout March and into April, the 40 days of Lent offer a chance for us to intentionally grow closer to God, and the theme for our Lent resources this year is Our Pilgrimage to the Cross, part of the Ten Ten Year of Pilgrimage.

This newsletter shares some of the content children will experience in school and suggests ways for you to engage with them about it. We hope and pray that you and your family will be inspired on your Lenten pilgrimage to the cross of Good Friday, and the empty tomb on Easter Sunday.

 

Our Pilgrimage to the Cross

Throughout Lent, children have been participating in a six part ‘mini-series’ within the Ten Ten Year of Pilgrimage, which leads children from Ash Wednesday to Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday. These six assemblies make up the first ‘stopping place’ that you see on the Pilgrimage Map.

During the final week of term, the Pilgrimage Guides led children in reviewing Our Pilgrimage to the Cross and looking ahead to Holy Week. Check out the film here, which includes a summary of the whole ‘mini-series’ which your child has participated in: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/prayers-for-home/parent-newsletter/

During Our Pilgrimage to the Cross, with Jesus’ help, children have focussed on making good changes to their behaviour and reached out to others. They learned that we can be full of hope and faith as we work on getting closer to God!

Like the woman caught in adultery in the Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent, children learned that we have all done things wrong – we are ‘sinners’ – but that the words the Pilgrimage Guides found on the cross, ‘Christ died for us’, show us the reason for our hope and joy.

‘But God has shown us how much He loves us –

it was while we were still sinners

that Christ died for us!’ Romans 5: 8

Children learned that God sent His Son Jesus to live like us and experience temptations, just like us. The cross is the clue to God’s great love for us, because He died to save us and give us hope. Jesus didn’t wait for us to be perfect and ‘ready’ for God’s love, He gave His life for us as we are still working towards the loving people we will become.

The Pilgrimage Guides helped children understand that Jesus died for us even though we’re not perfect, and He lives with us as we grow in love and faith – our life-long pilgrimage to heaven!

Why not watch the next part of the film to see a final summary of Our Pilgrimage to the Cross: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/prayers-for-home/parent-newsletter/

We want children, staff and families alike to feel involved in the Ten Ten Year of Pilgrimage, so if you want to dive deeper, read this article.

https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/the-hub/pilgrimage-jerusalem

Why not…

  • Look back together over the different ‘clues’ and verses children have discovered in each week of Our Pilgrimage to the Cross:

o   w/c 28th Feb: Map – ‘I am the Way.’ (John 14: 6)

o   w/c 7th March: Windbreak – ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield.’ (Psalm 28: 7)

o   w/c 14th March: Torch – ‘I am the Light of the World.’ (John 8: 12)

o   w/c 21st March: Garden clippers – ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.’ (John 15: 1)

o   w/c 28th March: A ‘party box’ – ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!’ (Philippians 4: 4)

o   w/c 4th April: A holding cross – ‘Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5: 8)

  • Share your own experience of the hope and joy of knowing Jesus.
  • Sing together the Pilgrimage Song.

https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/prayers-for-home/parent-newsletter/

 

Autism Awareness Day

One in every 100 UK school children is autistic and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place.

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on 2nd April every year, which raises awareness about people throughout the world with autistic spectrum disorders. There are concentrated events during this week and month as part of ongoing awareness, acceptance, and understanding of autistic people.

With kind permission from the National Autistic Society, this prayer video shows animations of the Trummies – six colourful characters with vibrant personalities who are on the autism spectrum. They help pupils learn that we are all the same and all different. They also have a few rules about helping others and creating autism-friendly schools – but the same rules apply to home life too!

The prayer reminds pupils that whilst we are all different, God loves each of us just the same and teaches us to love one another too.

Watch it with your child here: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/prayers-for-home/parent-newsletter/

(Please note that this special prayer was created using resources for Autism Awareness Week 2021 but can be used at any time of the year to improve understanding of autism and how children and adults alike can better support autistic people.)

 

Prayer

Much of April is taken up with the school holidays, when we celebrate the Solemnity of Easter – the central point of our faith and the reason for our hope and joy! 

To help your child engage with this most important of celebrations beyond term time, why not consider reading together some of the events of Holy Week as listed below?

How to Use

  • Follow the links, which will take you to a site where you can change the translation of the Gospel as you wish.
  • Finish with a refrain in the voice of Jesus, which children will be familiar with from their prayers in the final week of term:

Jesus invites us to walk with Him. He says:

‘Come walk with me,

Come alongside.

See my love for you

As I take each stride.’

 

 

Date

 

 

Description

 

 

Gospel Passage

 

Sunday 10th April, Palm Sunday

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday

John 12: 12 - 15 (https://tinyurl.com/563ku44x)

Monday 11th April

Jesus washes the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper

John 13: 4 – 15 (https://tinyurl.com/5n6b9vak)

Tuesday 12th April

Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane

Mark 14: 32 – 38 (https://tinyurl.com/54be5n63)

Wednesday 13th April

Jesus is arrested and tried

 

Luke 22: 47 – 53 (https://tinyurl.com/5f3ux88y) and Luke 23: 1 – 25 (https://tinyurl.com/env6ymy3)

Thursday 14th April,

Maundy Thursday

Jesus walks the road to the cross

John 19: 17 – 19 (https://tinyurl.com/3pwvdv4d)

Friday 15th April, Good Friday

Jesus is crucified

Matthew 27: 45 – 51 (https://tinyurl.com/52rm448t)

Saturday 16th April, Easter Saturday

Jesus is buried

Luke 23: 50 – 56 (https://tinyurl.com/yrm3nsn8)

Sunday 17th April,

Easter Sunday

Jesus rises from the dead!

John 20: 1 – 18 (https://tinyurl.com/2ymcbhc8)

#Pray4Ukraine

When our March newsletter was written, the invasion of Ukraine was very new news. Unfortunately, a month on, the conflict is still ongoing. You can still access our #Pray4Ukraine resources at the links below. We have also included a Secondary school version of the prayers for any parents with children spanning across Primary/Secondary age ranges.

 

Please be aware that the situation is constantly evolving, so some elements of these resources might become outdated before we’re able to address them.

There are also some links below which might prove useful in talking to your child about the situation in Ukraine: