Vicar's letter

Dear Friends,

A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure, along with other ‘helpers’, of being invited to Stratford Sub Castle school for ‘Strawberries and Cream.’  It was a lovely occasion where we also got a sneak preview of some of the songs from the forthcoming Robin Class show to parents. 

What I was so impressed by was the younger pupils who had been asked to serve at the tables and make sure that we all had something to drink and eat.  Never before have I had such good service!  The boy that served my table was polite, attentive and told us what was coming next.  It wasn’t just him, I could see that the other children – some even younger than him – were equally as careful to make sure that those of us attending where being properly looked after.

Very often when we watch or read the news, the headlines about ‘young people’ are negative and focus on the bad news stories where they feature.  What I find every time I visit Stratford School is that the young people there are friendly, polite and immensely caring towards one another.  This of course is a consequence of being at a school where those Christian values are at the very foundation of school life.  Yet to watch the children grow and develop into confident, attentive individuals is a joy to see and should remind us that the young people of today have a huge amount to contribute to our society and country in ways which we should all be thankful for. 

A week after ‘Strawberries and Cream’, I was at the school once again to watch the Robin Class show.  The children were brilliant – every one of them.  Their lines were read with confidence, the singing – especially the solos – was beautiful.  It was a joy to watch.  Many of those in that show will soon leave the school.  I pray that as they do, they will take with them out into the world, those Christian values of love and care and allow them to continue to shape their lives and the lives of those they meet.

With every blessing,