Universal Church: Who has a question?

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There was no shortage of enthusiasm as schoolchildren from Aylesbury threw their hands in the air to discuss how CAFOD helps people around the world.

The students were grilling CAFOD’s schools coordinator for the Northampton diocese, Margaret Wellington, as part of the Universal Church Unit they have been studying.

Year 1 and 2 students from St Joseph’s Infants School are working on ‘Come and See’ as part of the unit, recently introduced to the Catholic Primary School RE programme.

Margaret was invited to the school to speak to Year 1 about the ‘neighbours’ topic. They considered how CAFOD works and supports our neighbours throughout the world. The discussion culminated with the children enthusiastically singing ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’ using made-up verses based on our global neighbours.

Margaret also chatted with Year 2 students about how CAFOD helped a community in Mozambique to move from a frequently flooded land to a drier place. The children explained their understanding of ‘treasures’ such as food, water, homes, friends and family. All the children joined in by miming each of the treasures as they were mentioned.

Margaret said: “It was a great pleasure to work with such keen children in this school and others as they explore the Universal Church themes.”

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