News from The Kings of Wessex Academy
Hope and new life in Easter Church Services
8th April, 2019 by Jude Owens
With the lighter and longer days, budding plants and flowers of early spring and a sense of anticipation in the air, in the final week of the Spring Term students at The Kings of Wessex Academy went to church in the four Houses for the Easter services. The Vicar of St Andrew’s Church Rev. Stuart Burns, with Christian Leader Elizabeth Alden and Rev. John Angle shared the Easter message of Jesus’ final days on earth and his suffering at the cross because of his love for mankind.
Rev. Burns lit the Easter candle as a reminder that Jesus brought hope and new life, out of despair and courage instead of fear, and light from darkness. Year 9 student Thomas Walsh and Year 13 student and Head Boy Sam Kail-Dyke (for his final Easter service at Kings) read from the bible about the Passover events in Jerusalem leading up to the crucifixion and Rev. Angle set the scene on Palm Sunday and the joyous celebrations before Jesus was alone in the Garden of Gethsemane: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”
The choir led the hymn “Lord of the Dance” that tells the story of Jesus coming to earth, his death before his resurrection: “I am the life/that’ll never never die” as the audience of students and staff sang along. In the delightful setting of St Andrew’s Church, Year 13 students Alice Coton and Maisie Lewis sang the exquisitely beautiful “Pie Jesu” in the Latin from Fauré’s Requiem telling of Pious Jesus who takes away the sins of the world, forgives and brings peace and rest as fellow students sat in contemplative and respectful silence (and even shed a few tears). Reflecting on the Easter message Performing Arts students staged a choreographed dance showing through movement and mime the anxiety and pain and sense of betrayal to Jesus during his final days on earth.
Rev. Burns led the prayers and prayed for hope that all may find joy and contemplated the pain of conflict, warfare and violence and natural disasters, including the recent floods in Mozambique, in East Africa; and prayed for wisdom and light for our Government; before the brass band played out the students and staff who left church feeling renewed and hopeful.