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Rector’s Letter – July 2018
‘Christ Centred – Community led’
It was good to welcome Mark, Bishop of Horsham as he came to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Rogate Church of England School, and to bless our foundation stones for a ‘prayer labyrinth’. It was also great to welcome back past pupils, teachers and head teachers for what was truly a most memorable day.
Photos and Short Video are at: https://rogatevillage.net/church-gallery-2/
I have been working closely with Rogate CE School in the making of an outside ‘Prayer Labyrinth’, together with an apple orchard. We have already started on the centre of the labyrinth with the making of a sculpted 6ft Willow Cross which the children helped and advised, together with the planting of one apple tree. The idea all started with the Diocese of Chichester – ‘Year of Prayer’, and as we wanted to mark our 150th anniversary of our founding to reflect our three Christian principles: ‘learn, love, grow’.
At Rogate School we shall use grass, and willow boundaries, edged with up to 15 medium sized apple trees with the willow Cross at its centre. A labyrinth contains a single walking path to the center and then back out again. It has many turns, but unlike a maze, does not have dead ends. A prayer labyrinth is used to facilitate prayer, meditation and spiritual transformation.
I am grateful to all who have given so far to getting us off the ground to the sum of £1,500. However the project can only be financed by outside support as school budgets are tight. We have had to bring in an outdoor educational firm to help with the project and this will cost another £3,000 to move forward in the autumn.
Another memorable occasion was the Deanery Confirmation, in which Freya & Roscoe Davey and Rosie Voyantzis were duly confirmed by the Bishop of Chichester at St Luke, Milland. It has been an enriching experience and most rewarding in helping these young confirmees grow week by week in their faith. Please do hold them in your prayers as they continue to grow in their faith journey with us all.
There is much to occupy this month as we prepare for the Archdeaconry pilgrimage to Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 14th July. I would also like to offer my good wishes to Amy O’Toole, Head teacher at Rogate School who leaves us for a Headship at East Meon School in September. Rogate School is now in good shape for the future and will be led with our Acting Head teacher, Stephanie Garwood from September. We continue to strive for “outstanding” in all areas as we seek to, learn, love and grow in Christ.
Yours in Christ