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C of E school takes to YouTube to teach children about Jesus during lockdown

by Heather Preston
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A Church of England school in the Diocese of Chichester is running online assemblies to encourage youngsters in their faith during the lockdown.

Government enforced social distancing measures has meant many children across the UK have had to be home-schooled over the past month to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

St Nicolas & St Mary CE Primary in Shoreham has produced a series of videos via YouTube to connect with its pupils and teach children about the Bible as they learn from home.

Head teacher David Etherton told Premier he hopes the content will help people to look to God during the crisis.

"It means that we can touch base with students and their families, but also the wider community too. During this difficult time, it's really important that people have got that opportunity to reflect and be given hope," he said

He explains how they have made the films fun and interactive whilst also giving people a chance to pray and consider God through bible verses.

"For example, we've been doing fire juggling, but then talking about Jesus being the light of the world. Another one I did recently was, I found an old Christmas tree and made it into a wooden cross to show the resurrection story and the connection from Christmas to Easter."

Etherton's 'Awesome Assemblies' are targeted at primary school age children but he says families of all ages have been engaging with them, with some episodes receiving thousands of views online.


"My prayer is that kids learn to walk with Jesus", Etherton said. "For many children, for many parents, we can't fix all of their problems - but we can give them hope. But what did the Lord Jesus go through for us? Let's look to him - the light of the world. Let's think about what that means for us."

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