Charity spreads the Easter message

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A Christian charity and a volunteers from a Morpeth church brought the Easter message to life for a group of children.

St James’s Church was the venue for a morning of workshops after All Saints First School told the Mustard Tree Trust (MTT) that it wanted to do something less formal than in previous years.

Pupils from All Saints First School doing some Easter-themed activities led by St James' Church and members of the Mustard Tree Trust.'REF 2703152333

Pupils from All Saints First School doing some Easter-themed activities led by St James' Church and members of the Mustard Tree Trust.'REF 2703152333

The 120 pupils did some donkey-related crafts linked to Palm Sunday such as flap-a-donkey and peg-leg donkey.

In addition, the older children made some Holy Week-themed charm bracelets and the younger children put together some advent calendars for Easter.

There were performances from the MTT team – including an interview with Pontius Pilate and a monologue piece calledAt The Cross – and Chris Hudson, who works for the national organisation Barnabas in Schools and is a member of St James’s Church, did a dramatic storytelling of the Last Supper. Further support was provided by the parents in attendance.

The activities were led by Rev Simon White, MTT chairman of trustees and Rector of Morpeth, and MTT first-school worker Kirstine Davis, who said: “The atmosphere in the church was brilliant and the pupils really enjoyed the activities.

“We called it a journey through Jesus’ last week and the workshops were designed to help them understand the meaning of these events.

“At the end of each workshop, there was a 30-second period of silence to give the pupils a chance to reflect upon what they had done.”

The morning finished with a time of collective worship.