by Rachel Wood, Diocesan Officer.
15/10 *UPDATE* We were in The Sheffield Star! Click here to see the article: St Thomas More in The Star
With Harvest Fast Day coming up on Friday, our schools volunteers are very busy bees at the moment, making lots of visits to schools to present assemblies about this year’s theme ‘Share the Harvest’. I had the great pleasure of visiting St Thomas More Primary School, Grenoside, yesterday to do just that – and I had some wonderful volunteers to help me too.
Verity, Abby, Thomas, Chloe, Marie, Charlie, Casey and Ben helped me to show the rest of their school (who listened beautifully, I might add) what we mean by making a place at the table for everyone. They told the stories of children overseas who have more to eat because of the generosity of people in the UK. They learnt that one in seven people in the world go to bed hungry each night because they haven’t had enough to eat during the day, and showed that by following Jesus’ example and sharing what we have, we can help make sure that everyone has something to eat.
The school have come up with lovely idea for Harvest Fast Day. On Friday, all pupils at the school can choose to give up their normal school dinner, and eat a simple meal of soup and bread (provided by the teachers) instead so that they can donate their dinner money to CAFOD. Very reminiscent of what the founders of CAFOD asked parishioners to do at the first Family Fast day 50 years ago!
I really enjoyed my visit to St Thomas More and I hope to be back soon. Thank you to Mrs Walker for inviting me and blessings to the pupils for your fundraising on Friday. Perhaps if you are reading this and you are from St Thomas’s you could write below to tell me what you thought of your teachers’ soup??
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