25 primary schools put the Archbishop’s under the spotlight in a live online Q&A session

Posted by: Marketing Team, 16 November 2017


We are delighted to have been asked by the Diocese of Leicester to host a live webinar with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during his three-day visit to the city.

In an amongst his busy schedule he agreed to join us at Billesdon Church of England Primary School in Leicestershire, where RE Today Adviser Fiona Moss and team hosted a live webinar to 25 schools and 100 pupils across the city.

Through the beauty of technology the Archbishop, Bishop of Leicester Bishop Martyn and Director of Education Carolyn Lewis interacted with 100 pupils through a Q and A session around prayer. Ahead of the webinar pupils were asked to submit pre-prepared questions, these were then passed back out to the schools to vote through an interactive poll on the day to decide which questions they most wanted the Archbishop to answer. He was asked many thought-provoking questions by the pupils about prayer and worship such as;

‘Sometimes our prayers are answered, sometimes not. What should we do about this?’

‘As well as praying, is there another way to communicate with God?’

‘Why did you dedicate your life to God, and did prayer help with this decision?’

And many more…

Overall it was a fabulous day enjoyed by all, including the Archbishop who was extremely impressed with the RE Today’s professionalism, webinar software, presentation and coordination of the day.

Here are what some of the children had to say:

‘It caused the children to think really deeply about the big questions in life!’
Joy Hardy, Head teacher, Queniborough CE Primary School

‘The children really enjoyed being part of something special. They were interested in questions from other schools and these triggered more questions form them. They enjoyed hearing the answers form the panel.’
Louisa Sylvester, Teacher, Market Harborough C of E Academy

‘The discussion they had around the questions during the event really impressed me. It was lovely to sit behind them and allow them that time to discuss their thoughts in such a special way.’
Debbie Yeomans, SHLTA, St Margarets Primary School

Pictured above L to R: Archbishop Justin Welby and RE Today Adviser Fiona Moss.

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