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/ 4 March 2014

Bishop of Kensington launches schools Lent programme

The Rt Revd Paul Williams, Bishop of Kensington, launched an extensive Schools Lent Programme today at Bishop Wand School in Sunbury-on-Thames. At the launch, the Bishop made pancakes for students, with proceeds going to the Church Urban Fund.

As part of Capital Vision 2020 the Diocese is working to strengthen links between schools and their local Christian community.

The Bishop is leading a Lent Programme in all five of the Church of England Secondary Schools within the Kensington Episcopal Area. Along with the Area Missioner, the Revd Ruth Bushyager,  an ordinand and intern, the team will, over the course of Lent, deliver 46 assemblies, 89 lessons and 21 lunch clubs, to 4,700 pupils.

Bishop Paul said:

“I am delighted to be spending Lent supporting the mission of the Church in our Church Secondary schools. I want to celebrate the marvellous work happening all year-round, where staff, chaplains, clergy, and parents play a remarkable role in the formation of the rising generation. I am also looking forward to engaging with a great many of our young people; to present the good news of God in Christ, to help demonstrate how the Christian world-view illuminates their whole curriculum, and to encourage many in their discipleship.  I have no doubt that, as well as doing some teaching, I will also do a great deal of learning.”

The Head Teacher of Bishop Wand School, Mr Toby Miller said:

“It is a great blessing to have Bishop Paul spending time engaging with our students during lessons and assemblies during Lent. He will help us explore how God’s love touches our lives and to deepen our thinking surrounding fasting, prayer and almsgiving, as well as enriching lessons across the curriculum.”

The five Secondary Schools taking part in the Lent Programme are

  • Bishop Wand school, Sunbury-on-Thames
  • Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green
  • Burlington Danes Academy, White City
  • The Green School, Isleworth
  • Chelsea Academy.

Both Bishop Paul and Ruth Bushyager will be tweeting about the school visits. Follow them at @BishopPaulW and @RBushyager.

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