Schools and children from across Wimborne Academy Trust have been making daily visits to Wimborne Minster’s Easter Experience week.
The youngsters from Allenbourne Middle, St Michael’s Middle, St John’s First and Witchampton First schools have learned the true story of Easter thanks to the event held at the town’s well-known church.
CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “This is one of the highlights of our year and we are very grateful to Wimborne Minster for inviting our children to this very special event.
“It is an incredibly moving experience for our children to be taken through the last few days of Jesus’s life and understand why we celebrate Easter every year.”
Organised by St John’s Church, St Michael’s Church and Wimborne Minster, the Easter Experience is a one hour session based around the story of Easter.
In the church are six story-telling stations, decorated to symbolise the Easter story, including Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Jesus washing the Disciples’ feet, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Crucifixion.
Throughout the week church volunteers led groups of more than 400 students to each station and told them what happened at each of those momentous events in history.
The children also engaged in interactive activities, including re-creating the Last Supper.
Allenbourne Middle School teacher, Richard Wright, accompanied the children on the visit and said: “Having the Easter story re-told in such a special place as Wimborne Minster really made this a memorable occasion.
“The children were completely enraptured with the Easter story and it was a very thought provoking experience for them.”
Wimborne Minster Church Warden, Deirdre Ashton, added: “It was a real joy to welcome the children. They behaved impeccably, showing interest and respect towards their surroundings.
“Most impressively, they participated and responded with imagination and sensitivity.”
Wimborne Academy Trust was formed in 2015 and comprises Allenbourn Middle School, St Michael’s Middle School, St John’s First School, Hayeswood First School, Merley First School, Colehill First School and Witchampton First School.
All of its schools are rated Good or Outstanding.
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