David Reffell writes:
“The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Rylands, presided over Moreton Hall’s Confirmation service at St. Oswald’s Church, Oswestry in a service led by its Vicar, Simon Thorburn. The choir sang a series of inspiring anthems and the vocal ensemble performed “Make me a Light” whilst candles were lit and presented during the service. Lessons were read superbly by Emma Tilley, a friend of our Upper 5 candidate Georgie Eyre and Roisin Ni Chulachain, our Chapel Prefect.
This was a very happy occasion in which 16 girls from Lower 5 and Upper 5 were confirmed. In his sermon, the Bishop referred to how much he had enjoyed meeting the candidates for tea and how challenging and intelligent (and amusing) their questions had been. He also referred to the biographies and thoughts on their faith which all the candidates had written for him. His reflections on the example of Nicodemus were a clear message to the girls about their opportunities to “stand up for their faith.”
At tea afterwards in the school dining hall, whose murals were painted by the Bishop’s mother Denise Rylands, (whose life and commitment to the school we celebrated last year in a special Memorial Service) the girls were surrounded by parents and godparents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and they were presented with special ‘Book of Prayers to Keep for Ever’ from the school.
During tea, the girls presented gifts to the teachers of the Confirmation classes, Sharon Crossland from Glod and Anne Ryan who has for a number of years assisted with Catholic and now ecumenical Confirmation preparation. Roisin, in a short speech at the close of the tea also thanked the Bishop and Vicar plus the fantastic church staff from St. Oswald’s and they were presented with edible and drinkable presents.
The tea was a magnificent celebration for the girls and their families and the dining room was full of smiling faces, delicious cakes, sandwiches plus our special Confirmation cake.”