Sandringham and Flitcham School Children Enjoy a Rogationtide Service.

Rogationtide when the Church has traditionally offered prayer for God’s blessings on the fruits of the earth and the labours of those who produce our food.

The word “rogation” is from the Latin rogare, “to ask.” Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days before Ascension Day) were a period of fasting and abstinence, asking for God’s blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest. Less of us today directly derive our livelihood from the production of food, yet it is good to be reminded of our dependence upon those who do and our responsibility for the environment.

Traditionally a common feature of Rogation days was the ceremony of beating the bounds, in which a procession of parishioners, led by the minister and churchwardens would proceed around the boundary of their parish and pray for its protection in the forthcoming year. As it is no longer practical to follow exact boundaries many services will be held that have a focus on specific elements of creation such as livestock, fields, orchards and gardens.

The pupils of both Sandringham/West Newton and Flitcham schools enjoyed a sunny morning appreciating the countryside, looking at trees, crops and nature.

The photo below shows the children standing around a tree called the sequoiadendron giganteum, (giant redwood tree) which produces a soft, spongy like bark. If hit with a fist or hand, the bark cause very little pain or damage to the object hitting it! The children certainly gave it their best shots trying to prove the theory incorrect!