On Tuesday 19th December we held a Darkness into Light Day. The aim of the day was for children to understand the importance of Light as a symbol in the Christian religion, Jesus is known as the Light of the World. All through Advent the children at St Michael’s have been getting themselves ready for Christmas; they have been little lights too. They have been carrying out Random Acts of Kindness each day to make a difference to those around them and make our school community an even lovelier place to be!
Other faiths also put an importance on light as a symbol, the Jews at Hanukkah and Hindus at Diwali’. At Christmas we celebrate Jesus coming into the world as a light to show us the way; a bit like a St Michael’s shining example. The day was about getting ready for Christmas, looking at ways we can make a difference in the world, what we can do to be little lights in our home, school, community and world community.
Padre Birch started the day with collective worship focussing on light in the world. The children were then involved in a range of activities, making paperchains in order to think about their strengths and how they can offer these to our community; creating pipe cleaner people to represent people in the community who need their thoughts over the festive period; making wishes for the world and writing these on stars which opened up to offer up their wishes; nightlight holders to represent how their lights shine out and make a difference to others around them. We finished the day with a Christingle Service at St Michael’s Church led by Rev Philip Bromiley.