Youngsters to join in church school festival at cathedral

PUPILS from 19 church schools from the Sleaford area will be among 2,700 children from around the Diocese who will be taking part in an eight-day festival at Lincoln Cathedral.

Youngsters will travel to Lincoln to spend a day at the Cathedral as part of the Church Schools Festival.

While there, they will participate in a wide range of activities and celebratory events with a special focus on this summer’s Jubilee and Olympic celebrations.

During the day, children attending the festival will have the opportunity to try a number of activities, including beekeeping and candle-rolling, sign language, carving, drawing, brass rubbing, calligraphy and bookbinding, fabric painting, art and stained glass, drama and modern dance.

This year the Lincolnshire Gardens Trust will be welcoming children along to develop their gardening talents and learn how to whittle a plant marker from natural wood.

There will also be sessions of ‘Godly Play’, a popular and interactive method of engaging children with the stories and themes from the bible.

The day ends with a collective act of worship with all the children, staff and senior cathedral clergy, in which the children use the skills they have learnt during the day to lead the worship.

Local primary schools taking part will be Navenby and Leadenham on May 29; Rauceby on May 30; Billinghay on May 31; Brant Broughton, Welbourn, Ancaster and Sleaford William Alvey on June 12; Ropsley on June 13; Potterhanworth, Ruskington, Digby, Dunston, Horbling Brown’s, Quarrington St Botolph’s and Coleby on June 14; Heckington and Pointon on June 19 and Leasingham on June 20.