On Tuesday 5th March (Shrove Tuesday) our KS1 Faith Team visited St, Peter’s C of E infant school in Tandridge. Nutfield Church Faith Team spent a wonderful morning with the Faith Team from St. Peter’s school, who made them feel very welcome. Miss Greenaway, the head teacher at St. Peter’s, talked to the children about the significance of Shrove Tuesday.
The children learnt that Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent. Giving up foods: but not wasting them.
In the old days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods. So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last the forty days of Lent without going off.
The children designed their own pancakes and wrote about what they would be giving up for Lent. Then, the children worked together to create beautiful crosses collaged with different wools and textures, as well as creating reflective paintings of Christ on the cross. These pieces of art are currently being displayed on the Faith Team board for everyone to enjoy.
We are looking forward to welcoming Miss Greenaway and St. Peter’s Faith Team back to Nutfield Church School on Thursday 23rd May.