Bishop Paul's Visit

24th March 2016

Bishop Paul Williams walked the Stations of the Cross with a group of students when he visited Queen Elizabeth’s Academy on Maundy Thursday.

The group, which also included the Principal, Mike Smith, Chair of Governors Pam Bishop and the Academy Chaplain Steph Smart, paused at each station to pray and reflect with Bishop Paul.

Each station was represented by a beautiful piece of artwork on the walls of the cloisters at the Academy. The art had been produced by  students.

At the Fourteenth and final station – ‘Jesus is buried in the Tomb’ – Bishop Paul prayed: “Jesus you walked and died on this way of the cross because you loved us more than life itself. Your body was beaten, bruised and broken for us. You were laid in the tomb, but even death could not end your life. Your death and your resurrection give us hope and belief that we too can deal with anything that life hands us, as long as we share the cross together.”

Bishop Paul spent most of the day at the Academy during which he also presided at communion in the chapel, during which he dedicated the Academy Chapel. He also led collective worship for Mandela House, visited lessons and met with the Academy Parliament to discuss their work as a founding member of Maun Valley Citizens.

The visit was the Bishop’s final call in his tour of all seven church secondary schools in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham during Lent.