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Easter and Pause Day 2024

Pause Day and Easter Service 2024


Pause Day

Today St Mark's held a very special Pause Day which included our Easter Service. We begun the day with reflective activities set up in the hall, focusing on please, thank you and sorry. Each class took turns to enjoy the activities and then spend time in their classrooms focusing on the journeys of the Easter story. Our thanks go to Rev Stephen Mourant and one of our governors, Mrs Kahkonen who both joined us for the morning. 

The activities included: 

A planting prayer focusing on our school community.

The love heart prayer focusing on important people in the children's lives.

Sorry sand focusing on saying sorry and having a fresh start.

The prayer bears focusing on the children's own prayers.

Thankful playdough focusing on something the children are grateful for.

The wheelbarrow focusing on getting rid of rubbish.

A Palm Sunday prayer focusing on something the children wanted to say "hooray" about.

The Colours of Easter focusing on the meaning of the colours whilst decorating egg necklaces.


Easter Service - The Tale of the 3 Trees

We were joined at the church by families and the St Mark's congregation for a beautiful Easter service. This year Sapphire Class performed the folktale of the Three Trees supported by Ruby, Emerald and Diamond Class choirs. The children sang beautifully and created a powerful image of God's plan for everyone. 


Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. “I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.”

However things didn't turn out quite how the trees expected, God had a different and very important plan for each of them, a plan that went beyond any of their wildest dreams as they found themselves at the heart of the story of Jesus!


Our thanks to Rev Stephen Mourant, LLM Helen Roche and all of the St Mark's community who joined us for this wonderful service.