After welcoming the children, our vicar, Philip, explained the historic link between St. John's Church and Farnborough Road School (which was formerly St John's school). We were reminded that the link is maintained via the Eagle emblem which is emblazoned on our front doors and the children still wear on their sweat-shirts. In fact, when the new glass doors were installed a few years ago the church council could not find the original design as used by St. John's school and so we borrowed a school badge in order to recreate the emblem for our doors.
Christine, one of our lay readers, pointed out and explained the purpose of various aspects of the church building, including the stained glass windows, the lectern, the pulpit and the font. Then our organist, Val, described how the organ worked and played two short pieces for the children - one soft and lyrical and one startlingly loud!! The children sang "All things bright and beautiful" accompanied by the organ. It sounded great!
Finally the children asked us many interesting questions including "Where is Saint John?". They then had an opportunity to explore the church in their own time when they could read from the lectern, look out at the church from the pulpit, discuss the organ with Val, look for Eagles throughout the building, explore all the nooks and crannies and ask the vicar any outstanding questions.
It was lovely to have them and we hope they enjoyed themselves and will visit us again.