Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 20 August 2020

Letter from our minister 20/08/2020

Thursday 20th August 2020

Dear Friends,

This past week has been a difficult week for so many people as the effects in education have been felt strongly and painfully for our young people as they receive results and await confirmation of what happens next for them and parents & guardians support as best they can while everyone waits.

Barbara Easton, head of service for the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust, writes

Children have had a very mixed time over the last several months. Many have missed friends and the experience of learning as a community. Some have flourished, spending more time at home than ever before. For a few, more time spent at home has been a time of inescapable trauma. Young people in examination years have been on an emotional roller-coaster which is now reaching its end. Years of hard work, or of moderate apathy, will be judged not by the throw of a dice but by the casting of a mathematical algorithm. Children will receive the reckoning of the generation who went before – those in traditionally high performing schools will be credited with the same high grades as their predecessors; children in less successful schools will be judged no better than their fore-runners. The exceptional youngster not credited as an individual but as an aberration.

Lives, careers and futures in the balance. Scotland is already ahead in the challenges of this process, and in the challenges of the return to school. Staff and children in the rest of the country are anguishing about the full opening, uncertain how to prepare and what to prepare for. The guidance is like ‘an ever-flowing stream’ and yet more is expected.

And so I ask you to pray:

 

God of grace
we hold before you everyone involved in education at this time.
Give peace, righteousness, energy, delight and empathy all in their places.
We offer all our young people into your care,
Amen.

May all our young people know how utterly precious and loved they are, whatever their results say. In less than 2 weeks time – playgroups, preschools, schools, colleges and universities will all be opening in a very different way for all our children, young people, teachers and schools workers to return. Let us hold them all in our thoughts and prayers especially those who move to new places and those who are struggling with the idea of returning.

With love and prayers, Sharon

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