Hundreds attend Service of Thanksgiving for Education
Truro Cathedral was full on Sunday for the annual Service of Thanksgiving for Education. Many schools attended the service which also saw school governors commissioned.
At the beginning of the service, all the schools attending paraded their banners into the cathedral before a welcome from the Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton and the Dean of Truro Cathedral, the Very Revd Roger Dean.
Most of the service was then led by the children and young people. Prayers were led by Ella, Rosie and Tyran with a reading from Casey. Amy Pearton, a student at Torpoint Community College then thanked school governors on behalf of all the children and young people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
To emphasis his talk, Bishop Tim gathered the children around him in the middle of the cathedral and spoke of how when Jesus was asked ‘who was greatest?’ Jesus put a child in the middle of his friends and told them to change and be more like children.
Simon Cade, Director of Education at the Diocese of Truro, said: “It was great to welcome hundreds of children and adults from schools across Cornwall to their cathedral to give thanks for education and celebrate the great learning that is going on. One of the best parts was the singing and the choir from Grade Ruan School sang the Lord’s Prayer which was beautiful and filled the cathedral as if angels were whispering to us.”
Pupils from Grade Ruan also sang There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and the whole of Breage School led the cathedral in singing ‘Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God’. Breage head teacher Andrew Orme then organised the whole cathedral into two halves with one half led by Bishop Tim and the other by Dean Roger Bush as all joined in singing the hymn in a round.
For his talk the bishop gathered hundreds of children around him in the middle of the cathedral and reminded us that when asked about who was greatest, Jesus put a child in the middle of his friends and told them to change and be more like children.
The Diocese of Truro has 44 Church Schools; 38 Voluntary Aided Schools and six Voluntary Controlled Schools. We work with two Local Authorities, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The diocese also plays a role in the ?? community schools across Cornwall.
Our vision is that all church schools provide a good academic education and that children also acquire those lifelong skills which support the Gospel principles, and are educated within a Christian environment.