As part of the Ashes to Go initiative a special Assembly was held at School. In a simple Assembly lasting fifteen minutes the Vicar of Fleckney, Father Philip O’Reilly, explained to the children the meaning of the holy season of Lent as well as why Christians receive the sign of the cross in ash on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. The whole School Community were then invited to turn away from sin and to make a new commitment to follow Christ in the new way of life revealed in the Gospel. Finally, the children were given the opportunity to take part in a Prayer Challenge over the weekend. The Prayer Challenge was based upon some of the suggestions contained in the Try Praying leaflets at www.trypraying.co.uk.
Overall, the Ashes to Go Assembly was a great success and something that will definitely be repeated in School next year because as Father Philip observed: ‘Our Church School is at the heart of our community and crucial to the Church’s proclamation of the Gospel in Fleckney. As well as providing an opportunity to present the central Christian message about how the death and resurrection of Jesus gives everyone the opportunity to repent, believe and follow Jesus in newness of life, the Ashes to Go Assembly also enabled us to send the Prayer Challenge material into over 200 homes so that parents could support the children, or even join in themselves, with the challenge to Try Praying. I would wholeheartedly recommend that Parishes approach their Church Schools about whether it would be possible to hold an Ashes to Go Assembly in 2019.’