Joining with the national programme for Week of Prayer, each day started with staff led interdenominational prayer. Vertical tutor time was engaged in special lessons and prayer time, whilst one of the four houses received assemblies on either Taizé or Focolare. Also, simultaneously the Chapel was set up with interactive prayer stations reflecting the daily national theme, for staff, students and timetabled tutor groups.
The year 9 students in the Art department were privileged to hear Fr John Baggley start their module on icons. Fr Daniel Seward shared skilfully his knowledge of the causes of religious fraction of Christianity with both year 8 classes and 6th form History students, on the reformation and its impact on the Christian Church of our times. Stephen Barrie of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre challenged Year 11 and 12 RE students in a seminar style exposition of the ethical dilemmas we face. Panorama style Q&A a studio style session, was attended by over 200 senior students positing questions arising from their Year 12 RE personal study projects. Guests took the hot seats on the podium. The eminent panel challenged to respond were: Professor Dr David Jones and Stephen Barrie both of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre Oxford, Dr Rev Canon Andrew Bunch, St Giles and St Margaret’s Oxford, Alicia Wood and Jessie Walrond both of the Oxford Apologetics Centre. We thank our own Mr Stephen Bailey for facilitating the debate. The buzz from the professional atmosphere of intellectual debate was a credit to all and a memorable experience to build on for the future. The highlight of the week culminated in a prayer service for Christian Unity attended by local pastors and priests of ten denominations. We thank – Fr Naz, Right Reverend William Kenney, Canon Andrew Bunch, Rev. Heather Carter, Mark Brickman, Rev. Dick Wolf, Pastor Dupe Adefala, Rev. James Grote, Fr John Hancock, Rev. Howard Thornton, Deacon Chris Blackman, Myriam Schnider, Deacon Bernard Curtin, Deacon Michael Walsh for joining us in this prayer service.
“It’s wonderful to see so many together, some I have never met and others I haven’t seen for a long time! A huge thank you for organising this”