The Easter weekend has arrived, and at this time which is the most significant in the Christian calendar, the churches will remain closed; no gatherings for Passover reflections on Maundy Thursday, no Good Friday service, no Easter Sunday celebration. With schools closed in the final week of the Spring Term, neither did we get to gather as a community in Truro Methodist Church for our end of term Easter service. I was reflecting yesterday, Maundy Thursday, on what scripture tells us about The Last Supper, the Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he picked up his cross for Calvary. It’s a challenging bit of scripture at the best of times, but what drew my attention this time was that, on the face of it, it seems odd at this meal that Jesus, the leader of this often rather shambolic group of followers, chose to wash their feet.
In this time of national crisis, we have been moved by national and international stories about the generosity of others. Our doctors and nurses who care for the sick, at a risk to their own health; our social care workers bringing comfort to the elderly who cannot be visited; the amazing group of people in our own school kitchens volunteering for the Hive charity producing literally thousands of meals for the needy; the WhatsApp neighbourhood groups that have sprung up all around the country, and so many other acts of kindness. It is such times that bring out the best of human nature, when we realise just what social animals we really are, thriving in the community and using our talents to serve others. Perhaps not so odd then that Jesus washes feet and says, “I came not to be served, but to serve…” It strikes me that for people of all faiths and none, the values of servant leadership are universal.
Next Wednesday we are back at virtual school for remote learning. If we didn’t know before, we do now, that being away from friends and colleagues is not nearly as enjoyable as being together. Stay strong, stay safe, stay connected with teachers and friends and we will be back together before too long. Do visit the Truro School Coronavirus support page on the website for news, views and ideas.
When Sunday comes may I wish all of our Truro School families and our wider school community a very happy Easter.
Mr Andrew Gordon-Brown