Brownedge Saint Mary’s High School in Bamber Bridge really enjoyed celebrating CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day on Friday 4th October. The whole school worked on the themes of ‘harvest’ and ‘fasting’ for form prayers and assemblies during the two weeks building up to the day to drum up enthusiasm and support. The statistic of 1 in 8 people going hungry every day was effectively communicated using (Fairtrade) chocolate as prizes in assemblies! On the actual day, around 20 students from the CAFOD group rattled a collection bucket during break and lunch time and shared prayer cards with other students inviting them to support “The Big Share”. The catering staff supported the day by cooking simpler meals (with no meat) as a sign of solidarity. The students also led activities in the Chapel, including completing a wall of Harvest plates filled with meals and prayers (see picture above) and a prayer chain of promises arranged as a place mat surrounding a giant knife and fork pictured below.
A Chapel Prefect, James Knell in year 8 said:
“I really enjoyed the day, we went round with a bucket and people gave money for CAFOD. We did assemblies on harvest and we had no meat in school on Friday. The day was amazing.”
The school are now looking forward to their Mission Week with the theme ‘Opening Doors’ starting later this month on 14th October.
Report by Carmel Wanless (Lay Chaplain at Brownedge St Mary’s and former CAFOD “Gapper”)