The relationship between St Cuthbert’s church, the local community and Howard School is strong and highly valued. St Cuthbert’s Church is regularly used for celebrations by our school. As part of this strong relationship with the church, we are looking forward to sharing our first service of Holy Communion (Eucharist) together at Howard School in June. This is an important time for the school and parents to reflect on this important aspect of our school life.
What is the Eucharist about?
Many schools that have enjoyed the Eucharist as part of the pattern of their school worship have found the experience to be enriching and positive, adding an extra dimension to their worship. In a school Eucharist, the children are being introduced and invited to participate in the central act of Christian worship.
The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. When people celebrate the Eucharist they are saying thank-you to God. On the night before Jesus died, he shared a meal with his friends. The Eucharist recalls and brings to mind this event, which lies at the heart of Christian worship.
The Eucharist will hold different meanings for children and adults at different stages of their faith journey. What happens in the Eucharist remains essentially an amazing mystery treasured by the Church.