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Assoc minister and Queen’s Chaplain Rev Cllr Ann Easter answers children’s difficult questions

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 February 2017

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I have a confession to make... I really don’t like working with children!

Let me, for the record, say here that I definitely adore mine, it’s just lots of other children all together make me anxious. I always feel that children see through the confident act I put on to the quivering marshmallow which is the real me!

But, when staff from Cleves Primary School asked if classes could come to see round St Martin’s church, I had to get on with it!

I asked the children to listen – what could they hear? And the answer is not much and that’s why many people go to church, a little respite from the hectic world outside and a chance to listen for God. Then I played the organ to them – for where else do you hear that unique sound these days? And we rang the bell too. I told them about Sunday services and our symbolic meal round the altar table, something that many families do; we acted out a wedding with much hilarity and everyone wanted to play with the baptism water.

We looked at the pictures and statues and, when asked who they thought the statues in the crucifixion scene represented, they knew that Jesus was the one on the cross and an child asked if the lady on the left was ‘Sic Deus’ – part of the Latin inscription beneath her!

The idea of funerals was a bit more complicated – and I was very moved when a child asked ‘Why do we have to get old?’

I reckon church is just the right place to ask those unfathomable questions – and maybe those children got glimpses of some of the answers. More from Ann


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