Backdrop to worship

15 May 2015

NOT many primary schools have such a stunning backdrop to their school worship - especially one that they have all had a hand in making. At St Brides Major Church in Wales Primary School, near Bridgend, in the diocese of Llandaff, all the children have helped to create this huge mosaic illustrating the main events and seasons of the Church's calendar, each roundel framed in a liturgical colour. The Epiphany shows long-legged camels bringing the Wise Men, and Lent has Jesus beset by fearsome devils.

"We wanted something that was more modern than the drapes that had hung there previously," Duncan Mottram (second to left), the head teacher, says. "The children are very proud of it - it has really captured their imagination. Their faces when they came into school after half-term were full of awe and wonder."

The work was guided by the resident artist, Kate Derbyshire, and the school also has a new altar donated by neighbouring Ewenny Priory Church, where the Archdeacon of Margam, the Ven. Philip Morris (left in photo), is parish priest. The mosaic and new altar were blessed by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, the Rt Revd David Wilbourne (right).

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