School children mark Ash Wednesday

Ash WednesdayThirty school children joined the congregation for the Ash Wednesday service at All Saints, Harworth, which was led by Bishop Paul Williams.

The children, from the Church of England Academy in the town, were accompanied by Headteacher Kerrie Clowes and teachers Sarah Booker and Rebecca Goodwin.

Along with the congregation, the children took part in an Ash Wednesday tradition when they received the Sign of the Cross made with ashes – Bishop Paul spoke to the congregation on the theme of ‘repentance’ describing it as a change of direction that reconnects us to the love of Jesus and his guiding presence in every circumstance of life.

Bishop Paul said: “I was delighted to join the people of Harworth for their Ash Wednesday communion service to mark the beginning of Lent. It was inspiring to be joined by such an engaging group of children from the school as well as people of all ages from across the parish.”

Churchwarden Ann Wilson, who assisted Bishop Paul, said it was a special service and very significant for the children.