WELL done to Jessica Newell, only six years old, who won the
diocesan church schools' competition, in St Edmundsbury
& Ipswich diocese, to design a Christmas card showing
the three wise men on their camels. A total of 88 schools had been
invited to enter, and children aged five to 11 submitted designs,
using a variety of artistic methods to produce a range of images of
the Christmas story.
"We had a record number of entries this year, 179 in all, and a
high standard," said Jane Sheat, diocesan director of education. Of
Jessica's entry she said: "We particularly liked the wise men,
travelling full of expectation and hope."
Jessica received her prize, a special copy of the Lion's
Classic Bible, from the Bishop of Huntington, Dr David
Thomson, who is overseeing the diocese in the absence of a diocesan
bishop. As he presented the prize, Dr Thomson said: "We have been
thinking about pilgrims in this centenary year of our diocese, and
here are three early pilgrims making their way to see Jesus."
Jessica said she had chosen to do the wise men because she liked