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Needwood C of E Primary School

Worship Team Residential Retreat

At the end of September, children from across The Forest Federation visited Dovedale House, in Ilam, Staffordshire, for a residential retreat, with two other schools.

Thought provoking activities flowed throughout the visit, all of which challenged ideas and notions, and aroused inspiration and renewal.

The children joined in with Taize style of worship which involves chanting short units of verse. The magnificent church of, St Bertram’s in the heart of the village, and the chapel at the retreat, provided a stunning setting for the candlelight service.

Reverend Les Rees, and his wife, Wendy, joined Bishop Geoff, and staff as the children took part in the activities.

The comfortable accommodation and delicious food were welcomed by the children and staff and completed a spiritual, refreshing and highly enjoyable visit.

The visit fulfilled and exceeded our expectations and will support the development of our worship within our schools.