A sunny Aylesford Priory was the setting for Mission Together’s first Good Shepherd liturgy of 2018. A record number of pupils – over 1,200 – from across the diocese of Southwark, gathered as ‘children helping children’.
They were joined by Bishop Pat Lynch and Missio National Director, Fr Anthony Chantry, who led the children in prayer, assisted by Fr Philip Baptiste and Aylesford Prior, Fr Francis Kemsley.
Each year schools supporting Mission Together – the Pope’s official children’s charity for overseas mission – unite to celebrate a year of prayer and sharing. Through scripture, reflections, song and dance, pupils share faith with one another, demonstrate their talents and remember that God’s love is to be shared with everyone-everywhere.
‘I just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising such a lovely event today. We have had a wonderful happy day and we are so glad that we came. The children really enjoyed the service and I very am proud of their performance.’ Class teacher, Beckenham
In the next few weeks schools in the diocese of Arundel & Brighton, Cardiff and Westminster will celebrate their own Mission Together liturgies. Schools in the diocese of Shrewsbury are planning a special Mission Together liturgy for October, to mark the Church’s month of mission and the 175 anniversary of Mission Together. Through Mission Together, children learn that their prayers and donations help support some of the poorest children in the world.
Many thanks to all pupils, staff and parents, who attended Aylesford’s Good Shepherd liturgy. Thanks too to Sharon Docherty of Southwark Diocese Education Department, and the staff at Aylesford Priory, all of whom ensured the day was a great success.
‘I would like to express our thanks to you and all the wonderful people involved in preparing today’s beautiful liturgy. It was our first time attending and the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves and particularly enjoyed seeing the lovely procession. We hope to see you next year!’ Class teacher, Croyden
If you would like to host a Good Shepherd liturgy in your diocese, please contact the Mission Together team firstname.lastname@example.org