The questions children ask
As well as leading Collective Worship on a regular basis at our church school, I also get to do a lot of other things with the children. Next week, for example, Year 2 are coming to the church to learn about baptism. Tomorrow I am going in to see Year 1 and to answer their questions about what I actually do. Agreeing to answer questions without knowing what they are beforehand is, as any politician will tell you, fraught with difficulties. It’s much the same when answering the questions of children. A few years ago I was asked to go into the school and answer questions from Years 1 and 2 about Easter. Most of the questions were fine, right up to the point when one child asked, “Where does the Easter Bunny come from?” One possible future flashed into my mind – if I pointed out that the Easter Bunny didn’t actually exist, then I could find myself suffering a similar fate as the priest who told the children at an assembly that Father Christmas wasn’t real. He found the news spread across the national press, branded as the wicked vicar who spoilt the childhood of all these children by telling them their presents actually came from their parents. I took the coward’s way out and said, “Actually, the Easter Bunny isn’t anything to do with the Church, so I don’t know the answer, but I’m sure your teacher will be able to answer the question for you after I’ve gone.” Hopefully all the questions tomorrow will be easier to answer.