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Posted by: Staff | 05 February 2017

One day when the Vicar of Baghdad came to visit

We had an unusual visitor to assembly last week. His name was Canon Andrew White, sometimes known as the Vicar of Baghdad. He was in Liverpool to receive an honorary doctorate from Hope University and he came to CFS as well. He was our guest for a whole school assembly and he gave us a taste of how people imagine Jesus himself might have related to children and young people. He made us laugh. He made us laugh a lot! And he told us about some difficult things.

He spoke about some of his experiences in the Middle East where many people have been killed and displaced. He talked about his flak jacket and his body armour. He talked about when he was a doctor and then a vicar and then someone who sits down with those who are enemies with each other and how he lets them speak so each side can be heard, so they can tell their painful stories - how they sometimes sing together.

He talked about the children in his school in Jordan, the refugee children who speak Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke. He talked about fear and the one thing that helps you face it. He talked about loving everyone. He talked about loving our enemies and praying for them. He talked about all these things but most of all he loved talking to and relating to children. It seemed like every single child (and adult) was engaged as he communicated the very heart of Jesus. That we are loved by God and that we can show that love to others whatever the circumstances we are in; that we can ask of Him and that we can receive from Him and that He will give us the love we need.

Mrs K Sharples