The new Abergavenny Gospels – and our schools work this term

As part of the Abergavenny Anglican Churches initiative Proclaiming it afresh, our work in Cantref School this Term is based around the Parables.

Books on the parables donated by the Church to Cantref School

Br Seb said:

“We are explaining the message behind the parables, the messages are sometimes about acceptance, trust and helping others. I think it helps the children understand Jesus a bit better by telling them parables stories with examples of what actions and inactions can lead to. “

This sharing of the parables with the pupils will develop into the pupils re-writing the parables in their own words and creating the Abergavenny Gospels

Br Seb preparing a School Assembly

This project is the idea of our Sub Prior Fr Tom, he explains:

“We believe that children of all faiths and none have a right to these stories which belong to all people in the art, literature, and culture of our shared heritage. In inviting the children to engage with these stories creatively we are excited to see what they will teach us as they engage in activities which will provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary growth and development.”

This multi disciplinary project will cover :

  • Religious Studies
  • Personal social
  • Literacy
  • Art

Detail of our hopes for the project

Juniors: An attractive piece of work which is a written retelling of one of the featured parables from each child’s unique perspective (this could be, for example, retelling the story in a particular genre or as a news report, play or comic strip). The children will apply the lesson of the parable in settings of their own choosing and could work individually or in groups to suit the needs of each class. At the conclusion of the project, the work will become a part of ‘Parables of Abergavenny’ book to be displayed at St Mary’s Priory for the public to see.

Infants: An attractive piece of work which is a pictorial retelling of a scene from one the featured parables from each child’s unique perspective, displayed with an explanatory caption. At the conclusion of the project, the work will become a part of ‘Parables of Abergavenny’ to be displayed at St Mary’s Priory for the public to see.

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