On Wednesday we went to the annual Leavers’ Service at Leeds Minster. It was lovely to have some time out to sit in church and think about our lives and moving onto High School – the next stage of our lives.
This year’s theme was ‘Yesterday, Today, Forever’ recalling that God is unchanging and is with us at all times and stages in our lives, whether we recognise it or not.
The Bible uses the imagery of light to remind people of God’s presence, love and care. It is also a symbol of hope in times of uncertainty or difficulty.
Through the Leavers’ Services we explored:
YESTERDAY: Children’s life and growth through primary school, especially the people who have been influential, memories that will be cherished, achievements and character formation that have made a difference in their lives and that have enabled them to grow into the people they are and will become.
TODAY: Recognising the anticipation / sadness / fears / hopes as the children prepare to move on to high school.
FOREVER: Looking to the future with confidence, faith and hope. What will we take with us? What gives us confidence? What are those things that really matter and will be ‘lasting’?
The service gave us time for reflection – the we then had some time in the gardens looking at the words on the grave stones – the dates and stories whilst we waited for the replacement bus that had broken down!