News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Students Thank God at Harvest time

28th September, 2018 by Jude Owens

This week, students at The Kings of Wessex Academy went to St Andrew’s Church for the Harvest festival services. For the new Year 9 students, this was their first church service at Kings and it was also the first church service attended in Houses as part of the new system this school year.

Rev. Stuart Burns welcomed all the students to church and Christian Leader Mrs Elizabeth Alden led the service on the theme of “Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done on Earth as in Heaven” taken from the Lord’s Prayer. Students gave a reading about the good in the world, including charity work; but also about the not so good, such as global poverty, food waste and considered how by trusting and rejoicing in God, the earth might become more like heaven as Mrs Alden rejoiced in Somerset with plentiful crops and beautiful countryside. Mrs Alden described how Jesus told his disciples that he was like the yeast in the dough working with the other ingredients to be life-giving and thereby changing the bread (and the world) for the better.

The choir sang the wonderfully harmonious and joyful “Hallelujah” accompanied by the Brass Band and Mrs Alden led the prayers with a hope for peace in the midst of wars and tragedy and thanked the Catering Team at school for providing abundant food and clean water. Rev. Burns invited the students and staff to pause and reflect and “may the Lord of goodness and love bless us” at home and in school and encouraged the congregation to be like yeast for God’s kingdom for fairness and people in great need.

The service ended with the powerful lyrics and music of Florence + the Machine’s “You've Got the Love“ resonating through the aisles with the memorable words: “I know that I can count on you.”

Commenting on the service Executive Headteacher Mr Gavin Ball said:

“This was a delightful service for Harvest and delivered the essential message to our students and staff to reflect God’s good work and deeds on earth. I thank Mrs Alden and Rev. Burns for leading and guiding our young people.”