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The Christingle Orange gets an apple makeover in Portland

by Michael Ford last modified 09 May, 2019 11:19 AM

Children in one Portland church school have been learning all about "the Holy Apple" this week as the Christingle Orange got a fruit makeover for the Summer Term.

The Revd Tim Gomm,Team Rector of Portland Parish explains:

"After such a success with the local schools on Portland over Christingle, I asked one of the teachers if they would like to do something similar after Easter – knowing that they were going back to school today – so close to Easter.

"They said yes. So I prayed, chatted to others, prayed, chatted to some more, and finally we came up with this idea.

240 infants and juniors from the Atlantic Academy took part across two half day sessions at the Portland church school.

Each child was asked to bring an apple and Tim started off by speaking about the fruit in the Garden of Eden, and the fall of mankind and the problem we faced.

"The children then placed 2 jelly babies at the top of the apple, explaining about how people and God were separated, using a small piece of red tape as a demarcation line and the concept of sin.

"Then we spoke about God’s solution. We placed at the top of the apple a white plastic stick into the apple with a colourful cross on it, which they choose what colour to use. And we spoke about Good Friday, and the death of Christ.

"Then last of all, we stuck on the lower half of the apple a black and white round sticker – symbolising the empty tomb.

"We were complemented by Portland Open the Book Group, who told the story of Jesus rising to new life. This was the first time we did it – and so far both the teachers and the children were very positive."

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