Primary school pupils and clergy in south Warwickshire untitled to lead a symbolic Cross of Nails service of peace, forgiveness and hope for the future at St. Edmund’s Church, Shipston-on-Stour on Thursday 4th October.

A Cross of Nails dedication, prayers, song, reflection and Litany of Reconciliation were shared by School Council members from Newbold and Tredington C of E Primary School, Brailes C of E Primary School and Shipston-on-Stour Primary School in this special service as part of Coventry Diocese Centenary Celebrations which are taking place throughout the Diocese this year. Revd. Sarah Edmonds, Revd. George Heighton and Revd. Sarah Bourne lead and supported the children in the worship.

During the service, the Cross of Nails was passed on from Newbold and Tredington C of E Primary School to Brailes C of E Primary School. As part of the Stour Federation Partnership with Acorns Primary School in Long Compton, pupils from both Shipston and Brailes Schools shared the carrying of the Cross of Nails back to Shipston Primary School after which it continued its pilgrimage to Brailes C of E Primary School for a community Harvest Festival service at St. George’s Church, Lower Brailes on Friday 5th October.

The Cross of Nails began it’s journey from school to school in January 2018 in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral. Brailes children continued the pilgrimage by passing the cross to Tysoe C of E Primary School on Monday 8th October.

The Cross of Nails’ central message of healing the wounds, forgiving the past, reconciliation, celebrating differences and working together to make a better future is a message which is so important to all in our communities.