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The Rev. Whitehead Helps Pupils with RE Lessons

By Mrs Smith, 7P class teacher

On Tuesday 3rd May, 7P visited Dawlish United Reformed Church.  We went as part of our RE lessons.

We met the Rev Roger Whitehead and he talked to us about his job as minister, and explained to us about what the church does for the community.  We were told that the church in Dawlish has opened a community café (called Inspire) which is run by volunteers.  We were kindly offered a drink and biscuit in the church café and while we drank this we got to listen to some music from two guitar players.  The Rev Whitehead then showed us some of the main features of a church and we recorded these on our worksheets.  We saw the font, a lectern, the communion table, an organ and the patten and challis used for Holy Communion.

The children were able to have their questions answered by the Rev Whitehead.  He then gave each pupil a palm cross to take back home with them.  In Jesus’ time people waved palm leaves when they welcomed him.  The Rev Whitehead explained that the palm cross was a symbol of something very ordinary (a palm leaf) being turned into something extraordinary (a cross).

On the way out each of the pupils got to light a prayer candle, and listen to the church bells.